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.
Vail Ski Resort
Vail Ski Resort has been voted best ski area in the United States fourteen of the last seventeen years. It is the largest ski area in the United States with 5289 acres. There are 34 lifts. The longest run is 4 miles. The area is broken down 18% beginner, 29% intermediate and 53% advanced and expert. Several of the lifts have a restaurant at the top of them.
The area is open for skiing from about the middle of November to about the middle of April depending on snow conditions. Hours of operation run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the first half of the season and to 4 p.m. during the second half of the season. Different from most areas in that the ski area built the town. The town is located right off interstate 70. Vail is a year round resort with golf, hiking, horseback riding and other summer activities available during the summer. Adult mid season ticket price is $92 when bought at the window. However purchasing seven days in advance and internet purchases gain more favorable rates.
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.
Loveland Ski Area
Loveland ski area has 1 365 skiable acres. Its base elevation is 10 600 feet with a summit elevation of 13 010 feet. There are a total of 13 lifts of various types. The parking is free. The Loveland Ski area is only 53 miles from Denver.
The slopes are broken down as 13% beginner, 41% intermediate and 46% advanced. The area gets about 400 inches of snow annually and competes with Arapahoe Basin to see which will be the first to open for the year. The ski area does have its own snow making equipment.
The area is open from October to May. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It should be noted this is Loveland Ski area and should not be confused with Loveland, Colorado. Loveland, Colorado is located north of Denver between Longmont, Colorado and Fort Collins Colorado and is located on the prairie. Loveland Ski area is west 53 miles of Denver and 12 miles west of Georgetown at the base of Loveland Pass.
Arapahoe Basin is one of the oldest ski resorts in Colorado, its first lifts opened in 1946.
It is the highest skiable terrain in the US and due to its location, with an average of 30 ft of snowfall per year, skiers can enjoy the season often from October to June.
Arapahoe Basin offers 105 trails for all levels, for beginners there are ski schools available.
The resort is served by 7 lifts which open at 8.30 in the morning.
There are several shops, rental facilities for equipment, cafes and restaurants directly at Arapahoe, the closest facilities for accommodation can be found in Keystone.
The web site provides a snow report, real-time web cams and virtual tour.
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