Everything You Need to Know About Red Rocks

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Brandon Marshall
Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world flock to Red Rocks every summer for music, movies and awe-inducing geology. In spite of the facility's fame, confusion remains common about its operation. Here are the most important things to know about Colorado's marquee venue.

See also: 50 Photos That Prove Red Rocks Is the Most Beautiful Venue on the Planet

Eric Gruneisen
What is Red Rocks?
Let's start with the basics: Red Rocks is the name of an 868-acre park located outside the town of Morrison in Jefferson County. Within the park is an amphitheater that has been hosting concerts regularly since 1941.

Who owns Red Rocks?
The City of Denver owns the park and the amphitheater within it; Red Rocks is one of 22 properties operated by the Denver Mountain Parks system. The city bought the land in 1928 and built the amphitheater out of an existing rock formation with help from the Civilian Conservation Corps. Most concerts here are produced by private companies, which rent the amphitheater from the city.

When is Red Rocks open?
The park is free and open to the public year-round from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. The amphitheater and visitor center, also free, are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May to September and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from October to May, but they close early on days when there are concerts -- usually a little after noon.

What's the elevation of Red Rocks?
6,450 feet; about 1,200 feet higher than Denver.

Can I do anything besides see concerts at Red Rocks?
There is a trail system throughout the park where you can hike or bike, and the amphitheater itself hosts exercise clubs and yoga most mornings. There's also a restaurant called the Ship Rock Grille and a gift shop.

If it is a public park, does that mean my tax dollars go to funding a concert venue?
No. The amphitheater is completely funded by revenue that the city earns from rental fees.

What is the capacity of Red Rocks?
There are 9,525 seats at Red Rocks. The total capacity of the venue, including the restaurants, backstage areas and visitor center, is a little over 10,000.

Location Info


Red Rocks Amphitheatre

18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO

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Vickie Reese
Vickie Reese

This is the coolest place. I loved the visitor center and all of the posters.

Tom Lackey
Tom Lackey

Mr. Negative here. Venue is awesome. They need seat police though.

Renee Ortiz
Renee Ortiz

Here's what you need to know..it rules. End of story.

Margaret Richards Karisny
Margaret Richards Karisny

And the ccc carved out those seats with pick axes and wheelbarrows.. They say that's why we wind WWII . A huge army of men in our country who were in great shape from hard labor got drafted

Pam Okuly
Pam Okuly

Can't wait to see Petty here next month, gonna be awesome!!!

Phil Von Hake
Phil Von Hake

Good to know, esp. since I'll (eventually) have my ashes spread here ... !

Jason Hornyak
Jason Hornyak

thank you for not revealing the location of the secret bathroom

Brandon Quinn
Brandon Quinn

Ha it's like you were meant to see this weekends show Dani

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