Red Rocks Amphitheatre is located in Red Rocks Park, 10 miles west of Denver near Morrison, Colorado. This rock structure serves as an open-air amphitheater where numerous concerts are given. The amphitheater, owned and operated by the City and County of Denver, is the only naturally-occuring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world. With Mother Nature as its architect, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre is made of two 300-foot, towering red sandstone monoliths. These two rock formations, Ship Rock and Creation Rock, are taller than Niagara Falls and provide acoustic perfection.
Plenty of Recreation Options
Besides the fascinating amphitheater, Red Rocks offers plenty of recreation options, such as guided tours, hiking, biking, shopping and dining. The Ship Rock Grille, located in the Red Rocks Visitor Center, offers great menus and a sun deck with breathtaking views of nature and wildlife.
Opened on June 15, 1941, the theater comprises a seating capacity of 9,525 seats. At 6,450 feet above sea level, Red Rocks Park, where the amphitheater is located, spreads on 738 acres of deer, dinosaurs, pines, prairie, beautiful panoramic views of Denver and pristine nature, and geological wonders.
Vision of Performing Artists
Between 1906 and 1910, John Brisben Walker, who had a vision of artists performing at Red Rocks, produced several concerts. These early events can be conceived of as the beginning of Red Rocks as an entertainment venue. Moreover, the Park, originally known as the Garden of Angels, is a truly unique transitional zone and the place where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains.
How to get there
There are numerous parking lots available and open for show parking 2 hours before the events start. From Downtown, take I-70 west to exit 259. Then turn left at the bottom of the Morrison exit ramp and cruise downhill 1.5 miles to the Red Rocks Park entrance. In case you come from south Denver, take C-470 to the Morrison exit. Then drive west and follow the signs to the entrances.