Since emerging from the Pandemic many of us have vowed to live with more immediacy and do things we have always wanted to do. One such item on many bucket lists is to see a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in the foothills outside Denver.
As anyone who has spent time on the Front Range in Colorado can tell you, the weather there is ever-changing and with Red Rocks being slightly elevated, dynamic changes are even more likely. Add to that the fact that the Red Rocks season now extends from March to November and you need to be prepared for anything.
1. Good Socks
Since every concert at Red Rocks begins with some sort of hike into the amphitheater, it is crucial that you have the right socks. We have found that a light wool (think hiking) sock is perfect since it is breathable, comfortable and if the weather should change and moisture should start to fall, insulation for your feet even if they are wet. Current favorites are the Trekk sock by Ivanhoe and the Merino 10 Cushion Crew and the Ultra Light Quarter by Feetures in the wool blend category.
2. Wool T-Shirts
Wool is a fantastic material for varying and quickly changing temperatures. In the heat of summer, merino wool's breathability and wicking properties keep you as cool as the other side of the pillow. As your concert evening progresses and the temps drop, merino serves as an excellent base layer to throw a windbreaker or hoodie over. This season we have several options for wool tees including 100% merino versions from Ivanhoe for women and men . Kari Traa has a gorgeous wool tee too, the Lucie which we love. Elevenate's Primo Merino Tees for men and women are a blend that ramps the breathability up to 11! Spring and Fall concerts can be downright chilly, for those we still recommend wool but in a longer sleeve like the Enduro for men or the Thea for women.
It is always a good idea to keep one eye on the forecast but be aware, the weather can change from song to song. Snow can be seen throughout May and as early as the beginning of September while the summer heat produces intermittent showers and thunderstorms out of nowhere. One constant tends to be the wind. It is usually breezy in your seats with the wind seemingly hitting you from every direction. For that reason, we always bring a light shell with. Our current favorite is the Shield Hood by Haglöfs for men and women which is a light windbreaker with water resistance. It also packs into its own chest pocket for top-notch portability. Need more protection? The GTX II is wind and water proof and available for women and men.
While a lot of your time at Red Rocks is spent standing and jamming you will find yourself sitting and chilling a good portion of the time. Whether it is during a heartfelt ballad or a tune the band is trying out for the first time, you will definitely find yourself situated on the unforgiving wood bench seats. For that reason, we always bring a Rumpl blanket for a cushion and if the temperature drops....insulation! We also pack a selection of Rumpl Beer Blankets to keep our beer cold.
As mentioned above, each visit to Red Rocks begins with a hike into the amphitheater. The hike's length and difficulty can be dictated where you park (if you drive) or where you arrive via a ride-share vehicle. If driving, we always recommend trying to park in the upper north lot, but that is the favored spot for locals so it fills up first. From a ride-sharing perspective, it is always easy to get dropped off but beware, the wait for your car post-concert can be looooooong. For all of this hiking, sitting, grooving, waiting we highly recommend bottoms built for movement.
For most of the concert season, we opt for pants like the Mid Slim for men or the Ane Hiking Pants by Kari Traa for women. In the dog days of summer we will switch it to shorts like the Summit Shorts or the Fuse Shorts for men and the Sanne Trail Shorts or the 5 Inch Field Short by Amundsen. Skorts can also be the best of both worlds and our favs this season are the Ane or the Outdoor Skort by Skhoop.
Have a Great Time
With these selections you won't have to worry about the weather spoiling your night under the stars. Enjoy!!!