I'm just getting back to the studio after two restful weeks and I have a lot to tell you about my adventures out west.

Two weeks ago I left for Colorado for my yearly baseball trip to see the Cubs play the Rockies. Last week I was off so we could host my nephew, Lucas, all the way down from the Twin-Cities for a weeklong visit. (I'll tell you about these things in a future post.)

While I was in Colorado with my buddy, Jeff, we saw a lot of stuff.

We don't waste any time when we travel. We're up early and on the road and get back late for a little sleep before we do it all over again. This trip we took the train up Pike's Peak, saw the Garden of the Gods and hit a couple of Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives."

One of our first stops was a place I had heard of many times but had neglected to see until now... the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.

The venue is considered a geological phenomenon. It's the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world. It sits at an elevation of 6,450 feet and can host almost 10,000 spectators... it is absolutely breathtaking!

Inside the Red Rocks Amphitheater
Inside the Red Rocks Amphitheater

The facility was built from 1935 to 1941 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the same organization that is responsible for much of the construction of our Eagle Point Park.

The venue has hosted concerts off all genres, including artists like U2 and Sting to famous opera stars. (One of the interesting things I learned while visiting was that The Beatles played the Red Rocks Amphitheater during the British Invasion and it's the only venue they didn't actually sell out... I guess it took longer for their music to catch on in the mountains.)

Pictures simply don't do this venue justice, but I assure you, as I sat in the stands looking down on the stage I mentioned to my buddy that I'm definitely coming back for a show.

What's more, I asked him how in our majestic stone cliffs and hillsides of Dubuque... how do we not have a venue like this?

If you get out to Colorado, I definitely suggest taking the drive out for a look. Better yet, check their WEBSITE and visit for a concert.

~Chris Farber

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