Red Rocks Park and Ampitheatre was designated a National Historic Landmark in August, 2015 thanks in part to the efforts of FoRR volunteers.
Red Rocks has a long history of amazing music and magical moments for concert goers and park visitors. Red Rocks is more than simply a place to see a concert. It is 868 acres that deserves to be cared for and preserved for future generations. The Ampitheatre is a geologic wonder, and is a rare naturally occurring ampitheatre with perfect acoustics. The City of Denver purchased the park in 1927 from a private landowner for $54,133. The ampitheatre was completed in 1941 by the workers living at the Morrison CCC Camp. The CCC was a program created as part of Franklin D. Roosevelts New Deal in an effort to bring the United States out of the Depression.
As the ampitheatre popularity and City of Denver grew, so did the impacts on Red Rocks. Friends of Red Rocks began in 1999 as a reaction of concerned citizens to the corporatization of Red Rocks Park. Specific concerns at the time included converting the planter boxes with trees of historic value into cooperate box seats, selling advertising and naming rights of the venue and pushing through 'improvements' at too fast a pace. Friends of Red Rocks continues to stay involved and up to date on current issues affecting the park.
Each month, volunteers come together on the last Saturday of the month to clean up the park. We meet at 9:30 in the lower south lot. All are welcome to join us. We also manage the small native garden by the trading post, work to educate patrons in a friendly way, stay current on events impacting the park, and stay involved with advocating for the park and amiptheatre.
We encourage concert patrons to come on out and have a great time, and we ask that they do so in an environmentally responsible way. Simple things, like packing out your trash or finding the nearest recycling bin, staying on the trails, and being considerate of wildlife will help keep the park beautiful and open for future generations.
Next Monthly Clean up will be September 24th at 9:30am. FoRR meets in the lower south parking lot.
We depend on your generous donations to operate. Please consider making a donation today by clicking on the donate button on the right.
Did you know that:
There have been more shows scheduled at Red Rocks in the last decade than there were in the preceding 60 years?
That it took the natural amphitheater of Red Rocks more than 200 million years to form?
That the theater was designed by architect Burnham Hoyt, who modeled it after the Theatre of Dionysus at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece?
That The Trading Post was built in 1931; it opened selling hot dogs for a dime and ice cream for a nickel? It is now home to the Colorado Hall of Fame and a Red Rocks merchandise store.
That The Beatles’ 1964 show at Red Rocks was the only show that didn’t sell out of their first American tour? Red Rocks is one of four venues that the Beatles visited on that tour that still stands.
That both of Red Rocks massive monoliths — Creation Rock and Ship Rock — are 300 feet tall, almost as tall as London’s Big Ben?
That each piece of sandstone used in building Red Rocks was harvested from a quarry in Lyons?
That an estimated 750,000 non-concertgoers visit Red Rocks every year?
That AEG and LiveNation book the vast majority of shows there, but Red Rocks is an open venue, meaning anyone can book it?
That The Civilian Conservation Corps built barn-door entrances in the backstage area to accommodate the height of a rider on a horse?
These fun facts are credited to The Denver Post. You can read these and more at http://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/02/seventy-five-facts-about-red-rocks/
18300 W. Alameda Parkway
Morrison, CO 80465
There are many ways to become involved with Friends of Red Rocks!
- Monthly Clean ups- we meet on the last Saturday of every month in the lower south lot at 9:30am
- Donate! It takes money to run a non-profit organization. While all members are volunteers, we still need supplies, equipment, web hosting, volunteer databases and more. Please consider making a donation to Friends of Red Rocks
- Find us on Amazon Smile- a portion of your order will be donated to us. Log in to http://smile.amazon.com/ and choose Friends of Red Rocks as your organization to support.
- Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay current on events impacting the park.
- Donate supplies- we need trash pickers, trash bags, gloves, water/snacks for clean ups, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, etc.
- We also have a variety of committees that we could use your expertise on! Committees include fundraising, education, technology, merchandising, native garden, and communications.
Paving of Upper North Parking Lot- it is our understanding that the Upper North Lot will be paved this season to help with drainage. There will be a period of time where it is black, but Red Rocks has assured us that a top coat will go on that will match the color or the natural environment. Our official position: while we don't love the pavement, we are trusting that Red Rocks will make it blend with the natural surroundings and understand the need for improved drainage.
Planter Box Renovation- FoRR is working to stay up to date on any plans to change the planter boxes. As a group, we oppose tearing out the trees and paving the planter boxes. Our official position: We are opposed to any changes with the planter boxes. We feel the trees have historic value, and do not want to see railings, trees removed, or and part of the planter boxes paved.
- Colorado Music Hall of Fame- FoRR is continuing to follow any development plans for the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
If you are interested in volunteering with our group, please submit the volunteer application above and come join us on the last Saturday of the month at 9:30 in the lower south lot for our monthly trail cleanups!