Ten things to do when heading to a Red Rocks concert

The Red Rocks season has arrived! Now that the weather is warming up and the sun is staying in the sky a bit longer, it’s time to schedule some concerts in the iconic venue.

Whether you’re looking to make a day out of your trip to Morrison or just a special night out, here are ten things to do while you’re heading to Red Rocks Amphitheater:

Hiking

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Along the Red Rocks Trail, outside of the prohibited Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater.

Red Rocks is known not only for its amphitheater, but also for its hiking trails. The park has five different hiking trails, with opportunities to branch out to nearby parks as well.

If you’re looking to spend some time in another area, the nearby Mount Falcon Castle Trail and Lair O’ the Bear are popular and relatively easy trails loved by locals.

Morrison Museum of Natural History

Click to enlarge The Morrison Museum of Natural History offers family fun near Red Rocks.  - NATE DAY

The Morrison Museum of Natural History offers family fun near Red Rocks.

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A somewhat hidden treasure not far from the room is the Morrison Museum of Natural Historywhich has an impressive collection of fossils and continues to study paleontology through local excavations.

Unscripted guided tours of the interactive museum are available to book and can be built around visitor interests. Admission is $10 for children under twelve and $15 for those twelve and older.

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Attend an event at Bandimere Speedway.

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Bandimère Highway

Practically next door to the Red Rocks Amphitheater is Bandimère Highwaya quarter-mile drag strip that hosts various races, including the National Hot Rod Association’s Mile-High Nationals.

Whether you are attending a race or simply “test and tune”, the speedway offers a full program of events.

go-karts

If you are looking to get behind the wheel yourself, go-karting is an option. Action Karting on the land of Bandimère. Families and visitors of all ages can run around a three-quarter-mile outdoor track for a twelve-minute session, starting at $40.

Be sure to check the schedule before you go, as Action Karting sometimes has to close to accommodate Bandimere events.

Lariat Loop

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Denver has its own bison herd at Genesee Mountain Park.

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the Lariat Loop is a forty mile scenic journey through the nearby foothills. It begins at Dinosaur Ridge and winds through Morrison and surrounding areas including Evergreen, Genesee, and Golden, showcasing historic sites and scenic views.

The ride is fully self-guided, so you can either wrap up quickly or spend a full day seeing the sights and activities. The Loop website has suggested stops for full-day or half-day trips.

Click to enlarge The School of Mines Earth Science Museum houses several notable exhibits, such as moon rocks.  - NATE DAY

The School of Mines Earth Science Museum houses several notable exhibits, such as moon rocks.

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School of Mines Museum of Earth Sciences

Located near Golden is the School of Mines Museum of Earth Scienceswhich features the two Goodwill moon rocks from Colorado that were collected during the Apollo 17 mission.

The free museum also includes an indoor cave with no fewer than 2,000 exhibits, including glowing minerals, various fossils, and mining murals.

The Mother Cabrini Sanctuary has several buildings on land once used as an orphanage by the saint.  - MOTHERCABRINISHRINE.ORG

The Mother Cabrini Sanctuary has several buildings on land once used as an orphanage by the saint.

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Mother Cabrini Shrine

Also in Golden is a shrine dedicated to Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini – aka Mother Cabrini – on property once used by Cabrini as a summer camp for orphans.

The property now houses a museum dedicated to the saint, as well as a famous 22-foot statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Staircase of Prayer, a chapel and more, not to mention a gazebo and famous gardens.

Buffalo Bill’s Museum and Grave

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Buffalo Bill’s grave on Lookout Mountain.

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Another stop for Colorado history-buff concertgoers is the Buffalo Bill’s Museum and Grave. The museum chronicles the life and career of famed showman William F. Cody and his Western-themed shows. The museum houses many art and historical artifacts, while his tomb is conveniently located at a lookout point with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. Admission is just $5 for adults, with discounts for seniors and children fifteen and under.

To eat

Click to enlarge The Cow Eatery in Morrison is a local favorite.  - NATE DAY

The Cow Eatery in Morrison is a local favorite.

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What would a night on the town be without food? Fortunately, Morrison and its neighboring communities have a pretty robust food scene. On the way to Morrison, The Fort offers chic Colorado fare, while The Cow, just on Main Street, is a popular spot for traditional American cuisine, and Cafe Prague offers a large menu of European fare. Cafe Jordano in nearby Lakewood is also a local favorite, as is HiLo in Littleton.

While drinking

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A small portion of Golden Moon’s distillation equipment and aging barrels.

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Looking to wet your whistle before the show? The area around Red Rocks is known for its unique beverage offerings in various forms.

Coda Breweries and Holidaily have extensive lists of brewskis in Golden, not far from the concert hall, while Coal Mine Avenue Brewing Company and the Lariat Lodge in Littleton (there’s also a Lariat in Evergreen) have plenty of options for tickle the taste buds.

Aside from beer, Golden Moon Speakeasy in Golden offers signature cocktails and small bites, while Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar offers an extensive wine list, as well as flatbread pizzas, steaks, burgers and more Again.

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