The Red Rocks Amphitheater was geologically formed. It is an open-air amphitheater whose design is not duplicated anywhere in the world. The Red Rocks Amphitheater consists of two, three-hundred-foot monoliths. They are called Ship Rock and Creation Rock. They provide acoustics perfection for any performance held there. The monoliths serve as a history book of animal and plant life for the past 250 million years. Looking at the towering red sandstone rocks, tourists are viewing the ancient tales of prehistoric times. The monoliths are taller than Niagara Falls.
It was originally known as the Garden of Angels. Since before the turn of the century, Red Rocks Amphitheater has attracted the attention of musical performers. With the panoramic view of Denver and the majestic setting of the amphitheater, it makes for a breathtaking scene. Indeed, the Red Rocks Amphitheater was once listed among the Seven Wonders of the World.
John Brisben Walker had a vision of artists performing on a stage nestled in the surrounding Red Rocks in the early 1900’s. Between 1906 and 1910, he had produced a number of concerts on a temporary stage.
Around the amphitheater, some of the most visited rocks are the Ship Rock to the south, the Stage Rock to the east, and the Creation Rock to the north. The red sandstone is geologically identified as belonging to the Fountain Formation. It has been the host for many concerts and events. It was also the site for the start and finish of hit TV show The Amazing Race 9, which aired in the spring of 2006.
Denver architect Burnham Hoyt designed the amphitheater and made sure that the natural beauty of the land was preserved. He completed the plans in 1936 and dedicated the amphitheater in 1941. The actual construction spanned over the course of 12 years.
The first annual Easter Sunrise Service took place in 1947. Since 1947, Red Rocks Amphitheater has attracted the best performers to its stage. Gradual earth movements from the prehistoric ocean floor created the “walls” of the amphitheater. Fossil fragments of a giant 40-foot sea serpent and flying reptiles have been found.
Red Rocks Amphitheater is also the place where tourists and locals come to enjoy the Colorado scenery. They have guided tours that include the musical history of the Red Rock Amphitheater and the Performers Hall of Fame display. The seating capacity of the amphitheater is up to 9450 people. Each seat has an obstructed view of the stage and perfect acoustics.