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.
Crested Butte Ski Area
Crested Butte was a mining supply town and is one of the largest historic districts in Colorado. It was originally settled in 1880. There are a total of 16 lifts serving 1167 skiable acres with a vertical lift of 2775 feet.
The season is from November to April. Ticket prices vary by the point of the season one gets tickets. There was a two week period where skiing was free (2007 to 2008 season was November 24 to December 5). Mid season adult price is $79 with kids under six skiing free all year. Average snowfall is 300 inches.
Airline service goes to nearby Gunnison (31 miles) and Montrose (96 miles) regional airports. International service via Dallas, Chicago, Denver and Atlanta is available.
Sand Creek Massacre
In the November of 1864 Colorado volunteer troops under the Command of Colonel John Chivington attacked a group of peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians camped along Sand Creek. In a running battle some 160 of the Indians lay dead, mostly women and children. It has been shrouded in controversy from the start. The result was a long running war lasting for years consisting of reprisals one side against the other.
The site was authorized in 2000. It has only recently been opened. During 2007 the park operated only on the weekend. On Dec 1 2007 the park closed for the season and will reopen April 1 2008. Special access can be arranged by contacting the park three weeks in advance. Starting April 1, 2008 the park will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The park is about 70 miles east of La Junta in Kiowa County, Colorado. It is about 18 miles north of Colorado State Highway 96. There are no fees to use the park.
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.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is the newest National Park in the United States, being formed in 1999. The park encompasses 14 miles of the Black Canyon and is unique for is sheer walls and narrow distance between the canyon walls. At its narrowest point it is only about 350 m. The walls can be nearly .8 km in height. The Gunnison River, as it flows through the Black Canyon offers, some of the most challenging rapids in the world. Parts of the river are considered non traversable. It is also home to some of the best fishing in the state of Colorado. There are several routes to the inner canyon. There are, however, plenty of dangers. Visit the web site for more specific information and warnings.
There is air service via airports in Montrose, Gunnison, and Grand Junction. The nearest major international airport is in Denver, about 402 km northeast of Montrose. The north rim is 24 km from Montrose while the south rim is 18 km from Crawford. Both the north and south rims can be visited, however to get from one side to the other takes about 2 hours as there is no bridge.
The visitor center is open all year with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years day. Hours: Fall, Winter, Spring: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm ; Summer: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.Cost is about £7.65 per carload. The park is open every day of the year. However, the north side visitor center is only open a few times during the year. The total length of the south rim road is open only in summer. From about mid April to late November. The road is used for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing starting at Gunnison Point.
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