Red Rocks on its Way to National Landmark Status

Reposted from Denver Mountain Parks Foundation. Photo courtesy DMP Ranger Dennis Brown.
IMAG1086Since 2006, the Intermountain Regional Office of the National Park Service has been working with Denver staff and other parties to nominate Red Rocks Park and amphitheatre, including the Mount Morrison CCC Camp and associated resources, as a National Historic Landmark. The project was initiated by Friends of Red Rocks, in cooperation with Denver Parks and Recreation staff, and supported by Parks management as well as that of Theatres & Arenas (now Arts & Venues). The Colorado State Historic Preservation Office also supports the proposal.

Mayor Hancock sent a letter on behalf of the City in support of this nomination, and City Council issued a proclamation. When approved by the Secretary of the Interior, this will be the second National Historic Landmark designated for the City and County of Denver.

CCC bldg1684Red Rocks Park, with its amphitheatre, designed landscapes, and preserved CCC camp, is a rare and outstanding example of this “New Deal” program and its work. The camp contains structures representing all aspects of camp life and workshops used to construct items for trails, roads, and the amphitheatre and is unusual for its close proximity to its work project, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The nomination highlights the national significance of Red Rocks Park in architecture, landscape architecture, and performing arts.

Steps in the process: The Federal Register notice was published on December 12, 2014, following extensive review and revision of the nomination documents by NPS staff here and in Washington, D.C. On February 11, 2015, the Landmarks Committee reviewed and approved the nomination of Red Rocks. The nomination will go to the National Park System Advisory Board next fall. Approval by that Advisory Board encourages the Secretary of the Interior to designate the landmark. Although the process can take several additional months, we anticipate designation could be completed in 2016.

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