There's a 1.5 mile trail along Alameda Pkwy offering signs and pointing out fossils. The dinosaur foot prints are by far the most impressive. The tracks are right on the side of the road, so if you don't feel like doing the hike you can just pull off on the shoulder of the road. They're best viewed just as the sun is starting to set, the footprints...more
This park is very popular in the summer months, so be prepared for crowds. We started with the Village Walk (.9 miles). It takes you to the historical site of Mount Vernon. Not much remains to show a town or camp ever existed here, only a few overgrown graves. From here the trail with junction with the Red Rocks trail (2.8 miles). You will get some...more
My husband and son looked at the amphitheatre and then took the Trading Post loop hiking trail to see some of the rock formations. This is a 1.4 miles trail. The trail is 6,280 feet above sea level, and the majority of the trail is less than 30 inches wide. Some of the warnings about the trail are in the Warning tip. The trail takes up to two hours...more
This is a really awesome park with great hiking trails. Be sure to take the "Castle Trail" which will take you to the ruins of the Walker Mansion, then onto the "Walker's Dream" trail which takes you to the ill fated summer home of for the US president. Both are really interesting and lovely in their decay. Lots of wildlife and wild flowers too. A...more
You never know where you'll find a great bridge. Most are huge, like the Brookly Bridge or the Golden Gate Bridge, or the Mackinac Bridge. Here in Morrison is a small pony truss (the side trusses are shorter then the vehicles crossing it.) Built in 1926 by Stroehle Machine Company from Black Hawk, Coloradomore
Nearly every town in the US has it's war memorial. Sometimes, like here, it's from a fairly recent war. The town may not have been founded before other wars, or they may have been deeply involved in keeping food on the table to take time and build a memorial. This one is located on the west entrance town on the main road.It appears to be a memorial...more
Amazing atmosphere and design in the restaurant. Excellent service and the best food around.
Open everyday 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Favorite Dish: Rattlesnake Empanadas for an appetizer, Smoked Salmon Salad, potato salad, Buffalo burger is amazing
There were various warning signs in the park - warnings against Rattlesnakes, and climbing on the rocks were the most prominent.
They didn't climb on the rocks, but they did see a snake. The park website says that these are the rules
• Motorized vehicles and bicycles are allowed only on designated roads, parking areas and trails.
• Fires and camping are prohibited.
• No glass bottles or containers are allowed
• No littering- Please use trash receptacles
• No hunting
• No fireworks or firearms permitted
• Pets must be on a leash at all times
• Consumption of beer, liquor or wine is prohibited
• Rock climbing is prohibited (photo 2, 4 and 5)
Additionally this is what it says about the rattlesnake (photo 3)
Rattlesnakes - More than 20 nonpoisonous species of snakes exist in Colorado, whereas only two species are poisonous, the Western Rattlesnake and the Massassauga. Both species of poisonous snakes have rattles on the ends of their tails, whereas native nonpoisonous snakes do not. Rattlesnakes are most often found near rocky areas on the eastern plains and in the foothills to 8,000 feet. As a reminder, the trails along Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater meet all three criteria.
If you encounter a snake
If you encounter a rattlesnake, back away slowly and take an alternate route. Rattlesnakes are not aggressive, but will defend themselves if surprised or cornered. The best protection against a rattlesnake is choosing protective foot and leg wear. Care should also be taken at night, when snakes are more active and the chance of stepping on a snake is greater.
The best first aid for a poisonous snake bite is to seek immediate medial care and to keep the victim calm, warm, and reassured. Do not drink alcohol or use ice or cold packs to treat the snake bite. Do not cut the wound. If the victim is several hours from a car and medical care, apply a light constricting cloth or other band on the bitten limb, 2-4 inches from the bite and between the bite and heart. Make sure it is not as tight as a tourniquet. It should be easy to insert a finger under the band. Loosen it if swelling occurs.
I'll mention this as it's big in the brochures and we saw a lot of signs pointing to parking lots. We didn't attend a performance, nor stop by to see if we could just look the place over. I hear great things, but I think it's better if you like the performers that come to this stage.