Everything You Need to Know About Red Rocks
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.
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.