Red Rocks — There’s No Better Place to See the Stars

“I AM GROOT“. Ah, “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

I thoroughly enjoyed this flick as much, if not more, when I saw it again for the first time last night.

Say what?

Alright, let me explain. The difference between your typical indoor movie theater vs. sitting under the stars, surrounded by gorgeous red rock among more than 9 thousand of my closest friends and acoustic magic – in addition to my goldfish-esque memory …yeah, I stand by my claim that I experienced “Guardians of the Galaxy” for the first time again.

Part of Denver’s Theatres & Arenas Division, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a naturally formed, world-famous outdoor venue just fifteen miles west of Denver. Red Rocks is recognized for its star-studded concert roster, natural acoustics and ambience, as well as its awe-inspiring hiking and biking trails. The Visitor Center features interactive educational displays, a short film on its geologic and musical history, a Performer’s Hall of Fame and delicious food at Ship Rock Grille. Daily Tours: 10:00 am (June 1-Oct 1) or by appointment (303-697-6047) $6.00 per person.

Red Rocks Amphitheater

Red Rocks Amphitheater – Aug 2015


Red Rocks Amphitheater - Aug 2015

Red Rocks Amphitheater – Aug 2015


Red Rocks 2014

Red Rocks 2014

Just getting up to the seating area is an event unto itself. Sometimes I really did want to stop on the way up to snap a few photos – but sometimes I really just wanted a break from breathing like a freight train.

I keep promising myself that this is the year that I make it to Yoga On The Rocks, but every year I google it before tickets go on sale …and then again sometime after the last mat has been rolled up from the final class. Next year I will go for sure – and maybe next year I won’t feel like I’ve already had a workout before I’ve found a spot to lay my mat. Maybe.


Blaine Harrington III Photographer

Yoga on the Rocks – Blaine Harrington III Photographer

I would probably be willing to see any concert or movie at Red Rocks – the atmosphere is just that great. Last year at Red Rocks we saw “Point Break”, (a classic flick that was playing on TV in our hotel – the presidential skydive jump taking place just as we were leaving for a tiny airport in Marshall, Michigan to make our skydive debut). The “Film on the Rocks” (FOTR) events usually always sell, a couple of good bands rock out before the movie, and the audience gets very involved.

Red Rocks FOTR

Red Rocks FOTR

“THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE TO SEE THE STARS”. That’s the tag line for Red Rocks Amphitheater and last night, as I glanced up into the sky, there was a shooting star – just as Chris Pratt’s character finally had someone refer to him as Star-Lord. The timing could not have been more perfect, and I couldn’t help but turn to my daughter sitting next to me to share. It was hard to hear, but pretty sure her response was something like “are you okay?”. Not sure if she thought I was having a stroke or if I was wasted on my one beer, but yeah, I was more than okay – I was in my happy place.

“I know who you are, Peter Quill, and I am not some starry-eyed waif here to succumb to your… your pelvic sorcery!”  —Gamora

Pelvic sorcery – how can you not love this movie? It’s like Darth Maul versus Andy from Parks & Rec with a bunch of lovable sidekicks, a great soundtrack and witty lines rounding it out into cinematic bliss.