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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and owned and operated by the city and county of Denver. The natural amphitheatre consists of two around three hundred foot high sandstone monoliths, known as Ship Rock and Creation Rock. These monoliths have a history that dates back 250 million years and offer a dramatic background and perfect acoustics for musical events. The stage and theatre were designed by Denver architect Burnham Hoyt who wanted to integrate the theatre in its natural setting whilst preserving its beauty. The work on the theatre lasted for 12 years and was completed in 1947. Today it is home to many events,especially concerts and comedy acts as well as a summer session of "Movie on the Rocks" and Easter Sunrise Services. Several hiking trails are located around the theatre. For information about opening hours and forthcoming events please visit the website.
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
The Royal Gorge is a canyon on the Arkansas River. It is located near the city of Canon City, Colorado. In 1929 the city authorized the construction of the Royal Gorge Bridge at a point where the canyon cliffs are 1053 feet above the Arkansas River. The site has now grown to include several other features of interest to thrill seekers. It encompasses some 360 acres and 21 rides. These include but are not limited to the world's highest suspension bridge, the world's longest single span aerial tram and the steepest incline railway. The park is open all year round. Peak season runs from the end of April to the end of September with off season running the rest of the year. Adult admission is $23 with children 4 to 11 years of age $19. It is possible to get a bridge only pass however the hours for this are between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 1/2 hour before the park closes until dusk. The park opens at 10:00 a.m. but closing hours vary by the point in the season. They vary from 4 p.m. during off season to 7 p.m. during peak season.
Coors stadium is home to the Colorado Rockies baseball team, a unit of the National League of Major League Baseball. It is located on the corner of Blake and 20th street in Denver's LoDo (lower downtown) district. It is a purpose built single use stadium. However there have also been concerts put on at the stadium. The stadium is the highest in major league baseball at 5280 feet or a mile above sea level. Most of the seats of the stadium are green except for the seats on the 20th row of the upper deck. This marks one mile above sea level with the seat being purple (one of the team colors). Coors Field offers easy accessibility, being close to Union Station as well as having access to Interstate 255 via the 20th street and Park Avenue exits. Bicycle parking is also provided with access via the nearby bike paths. Capacity of the stadium is 50,445. Tickets start at $4 for the rock pile section. Other seats are more expensive - please check the website for more ticket options.
Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
This cycling event takes place on the first Sunday in June and has been running for 20 years. Participation is limited to the first 7000 people to register and the event is open to persons 14 years and older. There are several distances set up ranging in distance from 32 miles to 100 miles for road bikes, a 25 mile off-road course (mountain bike) and an 8 mile family course. Fees vary by distance but the first three road courses are $55. The other three distances are $40. Start times also vary by distance with the earliest (which is also the longest) starting between 5:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. The course winds through Douglas and El Paso counties starting and ending at the Douglas county fair grounds in Castle Rock. It includes an expo and party also occur at this site for this event. Every 8 -15 miles aid rest stations are provided and road assistance is provided via sag wagons and various law enforcement agencies.