About Red Rocks Amphitheatre
The world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre, more often just known as Red Rocks, has been a concert mainstay for more than a century. Located just ten miles from Denver, Colorado in a naturally-formed rock basin, Red Rocks is the cornerstone of a massive, 868-acre state park that also bears its name.
The History of Red Rocks
Originally conceived as a performance venue back in the early days of the 1900s, Red Rocks first hosted concerts starting in 1906. That’s right, back when your great-grandpa was in diapers! Originally privately owned, the City of Denver bought the venue in 1928, transforming the original temporary performance space into a giant, open-air natural rock amphitheater. Today, Red Rocks has seating for just over 9,500.
Who Has Played at Red Rocks?
Red Rocks has a storied history when it comes to hosting concerts. Countless bands have played at Red Rocks over the last century and then some. Red Rocks concert events have included John Denver, U2, Fleetwood Mac, the Moody Blues, the Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Incubus, REM, Phish, the Allman Brothers, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Kenney Chesney – the list goes on and on. And that says nothing about the countless local acts and symphony orchestras that have graced the stage at Red Rocks!
What’s So Special About Red Rocks Events?
Red Rocks events are always memorable because of the nature of the venue itself. How many times can you say you’ve attended a concert in an outdoor arena that’s been carved from the living rock itself? Not only that, but the acoustics of Red Rock are perfect thanks to the way the sandstone formations around the stage formed over millions of years. In fact, you’re surrounded by history at Red Rocks; not only did the local Native American tribes use the location for gatherings in the past, but dozens of dinosaur fossils have been found in the area as well. How’s that for a piece of living history?
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Red Rocks located?
Built into a rock structure near Morrison, Red Rocks is located in Red Rocks Park, as part of the Denver Mountain Parks, 10 miles west of Denver, Colorado.
What kind of events does Red Rocks host?
As it’s an amphitheater, Red Rocks events consist of concerts. There have been many notable performances since it’s opening in 1906, such as U2, The Grateful Dead, 3OH!3, The Fray, and many more.
Which team is playing at Red Rocks?
There is no team playing at this venue, as it’s a concert amphitheater.
Where can I park for free at Red Rocks?
Parking at Red Rocks concerts can be tricky. There are five official parking lots for fans surrounding the amphitheater. Spaces fill at a first-come, first-serve basis, as staff will direct you to the closest lot available as you arrive. The Upper Lots require the least amount of walking, so if you want convenience, we suggest you arrive extra early, as they fill up fast. The Lower Lots require some uphill hiking, due to the amphitheater’s 6,000 feet in elevation, so be prepared for a walk and bring extra water. But, good news, parking is free!
What is the seating capacity of Red Rocks?
Due to being built on a rock structure Red Rocks events are small and can seat a total of 9,525 fans.
Who owns Red Rocks?
The amphitheater is owned and operated by the City and County of Denver, Colorado.
How do I get to Red Rocks using public transport?
Due to its location, there aren’t many public transport options. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have plenty of options, other than driving, to get you to Red Rocks events. Known for it’s partying scene, you could catch a party bus or shuttle to Red Rocks events. No matter where you’re coming from, there are many options that will get you to the venue safely, and you’ll meet a bunch of other event goes - price is approximately cost $25 – $35 round trip. If you’d rather have a quieter ride over, you can catch a Lyft or Uber. Red Rocks has two designated pickup and dropoff spots for fans and drivers to come and go with ease.