Colorado’s newest National Historic Landmark!
- One of Denver’s last mountain parks; acquired 1928
- Includes 804 acres
- World renowned concert venue (Amphitheatre, 1941)
- Visitor Center, restaurant, gift shop (2003)
- Historic Pueblo, Indian Trading Post (1931)
- Colorado Welcome Center at the Pueblo
Red Rocks Park, along the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, is named for the towering 300-foot sandstone rock formations within its 804 acres. The red rocks near the amphitheatre are called Creation Rock, Ship Rock (formerly called Titanic), and Stage Rock, and attract visitors from around the world. The giant rocks form the stage and seating area of a unique outdoor theater. There is not another amphitheatre in the world like the naturally formed one in Red Rocks Park.
The park boasts a 200-mile panoramic view of Denver and the plains. On a clear day, the tent-like domes of the terminal of Denver International Airport 45 miles east of Denver are visible. Extensive hiking trails and natural areas surround the geological formations.
Since the 1870s, the outstanding rock formations have captivated local residents and visitors. First called the Garden of the Angels, the Park was renamed to Garden of the Titans by John Brisben Walker when he acquired it in 1906. Many, if not all, of the rock features have been given names over the years to attract and intrigue visitors.
In 1909, Walker built a funicular, or incline railway, to the top of Mt. Morrison. Dance pavilions, tea houses, and, of course, the natural amphitheatre itself, were part of his promotional efforts. Sunday concerts were held on top of Creation Rock, and grand public spectacles took place here.
Walker’s vision of an amphitheatre was finally realized in 1936, when the Civilian Conservation Corps began construction. Completed in 1941, the Amphitheatre now hosts concerts and other events throughout the summer.
Location and Facilities:
Red Rocks Park is 15 miles west of Denver on I-70 to Exit 259 (Morrison/Red Rocks Park Exit).
Picnic sites are available, and additional picnic sites may be found in Denver’s Morrison Park.
For current information about events at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, please visit Red Rocks Online
The Denver Mountain Parks system is on the National Register of Historic Places as a multiple properties listing. All parks are considered natural areas, and all wildlife and plants are protected and preserved.