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Red Rocks Amphitheater and Park.
Morrison Colorado Outside Denver.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

What do U2, the Beatles and early 20th century opera great Mary Garden have in common? They all performed at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater, just 15 miles outside of Denver. Located inside Red Rocks Park at Morrison, Colorado, the amphitheater with its perfect acoustics and impressive natural scenery is largely regarded as the finest outdoor musical venue in the world.

History of Red Rocks Park.

Red Rocks Park has long been a destination gathering place, first used by members of the Native American Ute tribe and later by music lovers following park enhancements in the 1930’s and 40’s. Acquired by the City of Denver in 1928, the park takes its name from the large, red sandstone boulders that occupy much of the area and come together to form the amphitheater. Estimated to be nearly 300 million years old, the rocks form several stunning formations throughout the park, including the Sea of Pluto, resembling a giant mushroom, and the stair-stepped Cave of the Seven Ladders. The most visited rock formations are Ship Rock, Stage Rock and Creation Rock, all surrounding the amphitheater.

Red Rocks Park

Red Rocks Amphitheater.

At the heart of Red Rocks Park is the 9,600 seat outdoor amphitheater. Crafted out of the native sandstone that covers much of the park, this geological wonder provides for unparalleled resonance for singers, musicians and orchestras and has been a local entertainment venue for over 100 years. Scottish soprano Mary Garden created international interest in the site in 1911 by exclaiming it was the finest venue she had ever performed in.

The additions to the stage completed in 1941 started a new era for performances, including the Beatles in 1964, Jerry Garcia’s the Grateful Dead during the 1970’s, Fleetwood Mac and Irish rock band U2 during the 1980’s, as well as more recent artists such as Coldplay, Oasis, and Celtic Woman. The summer concert series has become the premier music event in the Denver CO area.

Music isn’t all you find on stage at Red Rocks however as the City of Denver hosts its annual Film on the Rock summer movie fest. The evening begins with local bands on stage at 7 PM, followed by movies at dusk. Tickets for Film on the Rocks are $10.00 and can be purchased by calling 866-464-2626.

Park Trails and Outdoor Uses.

While the amphitheater is the heart of Red Rocks Park, the area also provides some of the finest hiking trails in Colorado. The Trading Post Loop trail, just 1.4 miles long, is a great way to view the spectacular rock formations of the park. The trail does contain steep grades and several drop-offs, so proper hiking shoes are a must. Extra care should be taken with children. With an elevation of 6,280, hikers should be in generally good health and prepared for all weather conditions as temperatures can change rapidly at that altitude.

The park offers an opportunity to view native vegetation, as well as unique sightings of some of the areas most colorful birds. While the rocks may be red, the color blue abounds in the form of the Blue Columbine, Colorado’s state flower and the mountain blue bird, a member of the thrush family that graces the hills of the park, singing a soft melody for all to enjoy.

Bicycles are allowed in the park, however must stay on designated roads, parking areas and trails. Pets on leashes are welcome in the park as well. Take care your duty!

There is no camping available at Red Rocks Park however the nearby Bear Creek Lake Park is available on a first come, first served basis with no reservations, and several other camping sites are located close by in Golden Colorado. Reservations for the Colorado State Parks can be made by calling 800-678-2267.

Private Events and Weddings.

For those looking for a unique venue for their special event Red Rocks Park offers several dining and reception options, ranging from the beautiful, indoor Rock Room capable of accommodating up to 200 guests for a sit down dinner, to the spectacular Upper Terrace, an outdoor dining area with magnificent views of the Denver skyline and capable of seating 1,000 guests. Whether for a wedding reception, corporate meeting or simply a night under the stars for any occasion, the special events department at Red Rocks Park provides a full course food and beverage menu. For complete menu selection contact the special events staff at 303-697-6047.

Red Rocks Park is open daily 5 AM to 11 PM free of charge. The Visitors Center is open from 8 AM to 7 PM during summer months, closing earlier during the winter. From downtown Denver, take I-70 west to Exit 259 and follow the signs to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater.

More Information.

Red Rocks Park Website
Denver Mountain Parks
Morrison Natural History Museum

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