11,000 celebrate Easter in the spectacular setting of Red Rocks

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MORRISON, Colo. -- The sun rose above the Red Rocks Amphitheatre to a crowd of over 11,000 people.

Folks came from near and far, many before dawn, to see the sun rise on the mild-weathered Easter morning.

One Colorado painter, Scramble Campbell of Morrison, described the setting as "a sacred spot."

Campbell often paints at Red Rocks during events such as concerts and the Easter service.

Campbell says the sun rising over Red Rocks presents him with a unique opportunity to capture shades of red and pink on the rocks.

The 66th annual Easter Sunrise Service went off without a hitch, and many attendees say they plan to return to the mass event next year on April 20, 2014.