Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is an iconic concert venue and must-visit for music fans of all kinds, hosting everything from classical symphonies to the Allman Brothers Band and beyond.

At 6,450 feet above sea level, this spectacular geological formation offers an unforgettable backdrop for musical performances. Ship and Creation Rock provide two monoliths which assist with sound transference.


Red Rocks’ formation millions of years ago has drawn dinosaurs, ancient tribes, settlers and music fans from all around the globe ever since its discovery. Be it its jaw-dropping geological formations, iconic Amphitheatre or mind-boggling music: everything comes together perfectly at this iconic venue to make for an unforgettable concert experience.

John Brisben Walker began hosting musical performances on a temporary platform during the early 1900s. By 1936, however, Denver Parks director Lon McIvor enlisted help from both Civilian Conservation Corps and Work Projects Administration to turn it into an outdoor theater – with architect Burnham Hoyt providing final designs.

Over the years, Red Rocks has experienced numerous incidents that threatened its business operations. From beer-soaked crowds at Peter, Paul and Mary shows to Aretha Franklin fans storming the stage (and damaging piano), enough incidents occurred that merited a five-year ban on rock groups performing there.


Amphitheatres are typically composed of multiple sections with various numbers of rows and seats in each section. On a clear night, an amphitheatre can accommodate 9,000 music fans who enjoy its breathtaking performances; millions of stars can even be seen above on such nights!

Its natural beauty draws both residents and tourists from Colorado alike to this National Historic Landmark venue, hosting concerts, movies, hiking, biking and other activities.

Visits to RR Park are not complete without taking the tour of its acoustically impeccable, naturally beautiful marvel of ochre sandstone – especially notable is the Tunnel where artists who have performed at RR sign their names!


Red Rocks Amphitheatre provides an impressive variety of food and non-alcoholic beverages at its concession stands, or you may bring food in soft-sided coolers, backpacks, empty reusable water bottles and seat cushions.

Visitors are permitted to tailgate in the parking lots before shows, with Launch or Vice Kitchen offering sandwiches and shareables that you can take along to enjoy during the show.

Amphitheater officials recently upgraded its concession offerings with local restauranteurs like Denver hot dog icon Biker Jim’s and barbecue joint Rolling Smoke BBQ now serving food at the venue, along with Wyly’s serving classics such as corn dogs and funnel cakes.

Sunblock and water will also come in handy; dancing all night requires staying hydrated!


The venue provides five parking options, each offering different advantages and disadvantages. Upper North and South lots provide the closest walking distances from parking to seating but often fill up quickly. Lower South offers slightly longer entrance times but allows for faster post-show exiting by bypassing stairs.

Parking at Red Rocks is included with your ticket price and should open two hours before show start times, making early arrival essential if you wish to secure a prime viewing position and enjoy the scenery before the concert begins.

Be sure to wear comfortable footwear if parking in one of the lower lots, and remember that tailgating and glass are still prohibited.


Red Rocks concerts offer more than just musical entertainment; they are truly epic adventures that bring together nature and music in beautiful harmony. Each performance or spontaneous dance party adds another layer of magic to this geological masterpiece.

As part of your visit to any venue, ensuring your personal safety is an integral component. Be wary of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to staff members or security guards at once.

Security at this venue includes bag inspection at all gate entrances, rock climbing being forbidden and food must be packaged in clear plastic bags – these measures help ensure guests can fully enjoy the show without concern over safety issues. Drink responsibly and designate drivers or take public transport home afterward for your own safety.