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"Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre" Colorado Nightlife Tip by traveldave

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Internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful event locations in the world, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre offers open-air concerts under the stars in a natural amphitheater. Surrounded by towering walls of red sandstone on three sides, it is the only naturally occuring, accoustically perfect amphitheater in the world. The wall to the north is called Creation Rock (pictured here), the wall to the south is called Ship Rock, and the smaller wall to the east is where the stage is located and is called Stage Rock.

The red-rock formations were formed over 300,000,000 years ago when dinosaurs roamed the area. The fossil remains of several species of dinosaurs have been unearthed at nearby archeological sites. Anthropologists believe that the natural amphitheater was used by the Utes, a tribe of American Indians that lived in the area, for ceremonial purposes. Even though the amphitheater had always been popularly called Red Rocks, it was officially called the Garden of the Angels from the 1870s to 1906. From 1906 to 1928, its name was the Garden of the Titans, and in 1928, when it was acquired by the City of Denver, it was renamed Red Rocks.

John Brisben Walker, a local publisher and entrepreneur, noticed that the natural amphitheater is accoustically perfect, and came up with the idea of staging concerts there. He conducted concerts between 1906 and 1928 on a temporary stage. In 1928, the City of Denver acquired Red Rocks, constructed a permanent stage, and installed 9,450 seats. The designer was Denver architect Burnham Hoyt. At the same time, a 640-acre (259-hectare) park was established around the amphitheater and made part of the extensive Denver Mountain Parks system. With numerous other red-rock formations, the park is a destination in its own right for its hiking, biking, and picnicking opportunities. The park also features a visitors' center and the Ship Rock Grille restaurant.

Pollstar magazine gave Red Rocks Amphitheatre the award for best small outdoor venue a record 11 times. This led the magazine's editors to name the award the Red Rocks Award, and remove Red Rocks from further running.

Directions: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is located at 17598 West Alameda Parkway, in Morrison.
Theme: Concert

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 7, 2012
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