Red Rocks Amphitheater Information

A place like no other, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO blends the very best in music and performances with the breathtaking geology and atmosphere that can only be formed by millions of years of natural formation. The end result is a venue that affects all the senses in every concert goer. A concert venue like Red Rocks doesn’t just appear out of nowhere however, it’s the result of decades worth of visionary planning, cooperation, and hard work.


Early History

Before the worlds most amazing bands and musicians traveled to the red rocks amphitheater every year, the area was home to Ute tribe. The tribe used the natural rock formations as a place to gather, for shelter, and a place to celebrate. In 1820 General Long discovered the area and thus began the long process of creating what we know of today.

First becoming the “Garden of the Angels” nearly 50 years after it’s discovery in 1870 and quickly became a very popular area for locals and tourists alike. Then in 1906 it was renamed Garden of the Titans until 1928 when it was finally renamed Red Rocks. A name that has stood the test of time and has remained till this day.

The last name change occurred when the park was purchased by the city of Denver in 1928 and work began on carving out the venue from the raw natural rock formations. The effort was in a word, enormous. Thankfully, at the time of the Red Rocks Amphitheatre the Civilian Conservation Corps were still active and were made available to help out in the herculean task of building a working open air amphitheater out of a monumental rock structure.