The long awaited Las Colonias Park Amphitheater is set to open in July 2017. For years, the Grand Valley has been limited to just a handful of venues, mostly temporary establishments for local festivals and events. The capacity of the new amphitheater, comfortably seating several thousand, is expected to attract larger musical acts than what the area has historically booked. There is already a summer full of music scheduled to kick off its first season, including the likes of bands such as Skillet and Los Lonely Boys.
Las Colonias Park Amphitheater is within walking distance of downtown Grand Junction near a largely industrial area that is changing over. The park has a diverse history—it once housed a migrant farm worker community and at another time it was uranium mill tailings clean up site. Over the years, much effort has been put into cleaning up and restoring the riverfront.
The amphitheater overlooks the Riverfront Trail along the Colorado River, connecting it to the Botanical Gardens and Edgewater Brewery next door. In the past, this park, which follows along the river, has been used for various outdoor concerts and benefits. And now is the time for a permanent performing arts venue.
By no means is it to compete with, say, Red Rocks Amphitheater; however, for Grand Junction, it is a big step forward in supporting live entertainment and other summer festivities.