With a motto of “The Nearest Faraway Place,” Morrison really does feel like a quaint mountain town—despite being nestled in the foothills less than a half hour away from Downtown Denver. With gorgeous natural surroundings and a historic downtown area, Morrison manages to capture an eclectic, quirky vibe while still maintaining a small-town, welcoming feeling. Most outsiders know Morrison as the home of Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Repeatedly named as one of the country’s best concert venues, the beauty of the space is matched only by its acoustically perfect sound. In addition to hosting legends of the pop, rock, classical and opera world, Red Rocks is a popular weekend warrior destination—in the summer months, hundreds of metro area folks use the 192 steps and 69 rows of bleachers as an outdoor gym, while others take to the miles of hiking and mountain biking trails surrounding the amphitheatre. Downtown Morrison consists of historic buildings housing unique restaurants and taverns and independent merchants targeting mainly music and outdoor enthusiasts. Nearby you’ll find both the Morrison Natural History Museum and Dinosaur Ridge where you can explore and learn about the Stegosaurus, Allosaurus, and Apatosaurus fossils that were discovered in the area.
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