Sunday, June 10, 2012
Denver and the Rockies - Day One - Part Two
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After Garden of the Gods we drove to Red Rocks for what I'm sure will probably be one of the most spectacular concerts we will see in our lives. Bon Iver and Feist played at the famous Red Rocks Ampitheatre and we had tickets.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a geological phenomenon – the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world. At 6,450 feet above sea level, the Park is a unique transitional zone where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains.
The area of Red Rocks, originally known as the Garden of Angels, has attracted the attention of musical performers since before the turn of the century. The majestic setting of the Amphitheatre, along with the panoramic view of Denver, makes for a breathtaking scene. Certainly the best venue we have ever had a chance to visit.
The southern monolith, that bears resemblance to a ship, is named "Ship Rock." On the opposite side of the Amphitheatre stands "Creation Rock." Both of the monoliths are taller than Niagara Falls, and the Red Rocks Amphitheatre was once listed as among the Seven Wonders of the World.
After finding our seats on row 32, and eating our hotdogs, we decided to climb to the top - there are 192 steps to the top! From there you can see the city of Denver way in the distance.
from the top
Again I wish we had taken time to move about and take more photos. It was a sold out show and very crowded but if we had gone back up to the top I bet we could have gotten a nice sunset photo. I did manage to get a decent almost-full moon shot with my iphone. It was a beautiful, yet chilly night and the concert was awesome. Three sisters, called The Staves was the opening act followed by Feist and then Bon Iver. All three - outstanding, and in the magnificent setting - unbelievable.
almost-full moon over Shiprock