DENVER (CBS4) – Red Rocks is known for its beauty and music scene, and now it is known as a National Historic Landmark.

The National Park Service and Department of the Interior made the announcement this week.

Red Rocks (credit: CBS)

Red Rocks as seen from Copter4 on Tuesday (credit: CBS)

The honor also extends to the nearby Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps Camp. That’s where people stayed while working on the amphitheater.

Red Rocks Park is part of the City of Denver’s Mountain Parks system.

Red Rocks (credit: CBS)

Red Rocks as seen from Copter4 on Tuesday (credit: CBS)

“Being awarded National Historic Landmark status is a great achievement, but this is particularly exciting because of the special place Red Rocks holds in the hearts of everyone who calls Colorado home,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said in a prepared statement. “Anyone who has seen a concert under a star-filled Rocky Mountain night or hiked through the awe inspiring landscape to the CCC Camp can attest to the reverence you feel by just being there. Not only is Red Rocks the jewel of our Mountain Parks System and the premier amphitheatre in the country, it now holds a well-earned iconic status in the storied history of the United States.”

Colorado now has 25 National Historic Landmarks.

Additional Resources

– Read more about the National Historic Landmarks program.

– The city of Denver describes Red Rocks Park with the following words:

“Known for its towering 300-foot sandstone formation and 200-mile panoramic view of Denver and the plains, (Red Rocks Park) has become a destination for Colorado residents and tourists from around the world. The amphitheater, world-renowned for its natural acoustics and majestic landscape, often appears at the top of various lists of premier concert venues.”


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