GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The Colorado National Monument’s hikes, animals, and views hold a special place in a lot of hearts.

And the newly renovated amphitheater could be another memory for generations to come.

With a million dollars to use, the parks service and RJS construction are replacing the stage, shade structure, and seating area as well as making this place wheelchair accessible with accommodated seating and work on the trail.

Trail maintenance workers hand sculpt the rocks making up the wall of the trail.

Trail crews use fallen rock to build the walls. Small rock falls are prominent on the monument from rain, movement, and big horn sheep traversing above.

The trail under construction is about three feet wide, and only a few hundred feet from the parking lot to the venue.

The venue will hold up to three hundred people.

It will be open to the public to rent for weddings and school groups, but will also host a nightly ranger talk.

Kate says the theater will offer limited artificial lighting to protect to the dark skies here from light pollution.