Red Rocks Park
Red Rocks Park is the best known Denver Mountain Park. The Park’s best known feature is the Red Rocks Amphitheater which was designed by Burnham Hoyt, one of Denver’s best known architects. The visitor center, completed in 2003 offers a gift shop, restaurant, exhibits and meeting rooms. The Trading Post, located just south of the Amphitheater, serves as an official Colorado Welcome Center.
Region:Bear Creek Gateway
Visitor Center, 303-697-4939; amphitheater office, 720-865-2494; www.redrocksonline.com
Park and amphitheater hours: 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Visitor Center Hours: May – September, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; October – April, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. On concert days, the visitor center generally closes after lunch for sound checks and other technical work. To check closure times on concert days, call the amphitheater office. On non-concert days, call the visitor center. Admission is free.
Fun Things to Do
Hiking: The 1.4 mile Trading Post Trail begins and ends at the Trading Post and travels through spectacular rock formations, valleys, and a meadow. Some of the terrain is rough and the majority of the trail is less than 30 inches wide. The Red Rocks Trail starts at the park’s lower north lot as a hiker-only trail and connects to the multi-use Red Rocks and Dakota Ridge trails in Jefferson County’s Matthews/Winters Park, creating a great 6 mile loop.
Biking: Scenic roads and Red Rocks Trail, mentioned above.
- 200-mile panoramic view of Denver and the plains
- Towering 300-foot dandstone formations
- World-renowned amphitheater completed in 1941
- Historic 1931 Trading Post housing a Colorado Welcome Center
- Visitor center with restaurant, gift shop, and park interpretation
- Historic scenic roads, a favorite route for cyclists
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