Beautiful venue, leave early (even for a Dead show
, you'll probably have a walk in and a slow line on the lots of stairs. They're great with what you can bring in, be sure to cut up your fruit or they may confiscate it (check out the website for what you can bring in).
If you're around before the day of the show, Red Rocks is open to walk around in and around the amphitheater.
Close by off Rt.70, Genesee Park, Buffalo Bills grave, sometimes there's Buffalo grazing near the highway exit.
If you're an early riser, its about 1 1/2 hour drive but plan at least an extra hour back for traffic - two near Colorado Springs (not both the same day)
Pikes Peak Cog Rail -Manitou Springs- goes to the top of Pikes Peak, spectacular view from top - buy tickets ahead online as train fills up, take early train to get back to show ontime
Garden of the Gods - Colorado Springs - Beautiful park with rock formations, if you like hiking be sure to take a walk up to the twins, if you step back, you can see Pikes Peak through the hole in the rock, great place for a pic.
Much more than an hour drive, but we do this our first day there when we're still on east coast time and can get up really early, drive through Rocky Mountain National Park. Breathtaking beauty! All day trip, not a lot of time for pictures or hiking on a show day, but we do the gravel stair trail at the visitors center to catch the spectacular view (if its reopened), or there's a similar trail near some restrooms a little more down the road. Beware, we go in on the west side and drive east through the park, long ride home from Estes Park when you get out of the park, plan this trip carefully to get back in time for the show!
One more if you have an extra day with no show to get to. Canon City Gorge Bridge, then take a ride on the Royal Gorge Railroad and check out the bridge from the bottom of the gorge.
Hope you have a great time! We can't wait for the shows. Its so beautiful out there, so worth the trip. Someday we're going and not coming home!