7 Things You Never Knew About Red Rocks That Will Blow Your Mind

Here are 6 thing you probably never knew about Red Rocks that will blow your mind.

7.

Every band that has ever played at Red Rocks singed this wall in the tunnel underneath the amphitheater that leads to the stage.

6)

 

The amphitheater’s rocks are named “Creation Rock” on the north, “Ship Rock” on the south, and “Stage Rock” to the east.

5)

Image result for The amphitheater rocks are named “Creation Rock”

Public, organizational and private performances have been held at Red Rocks for more than 100 years. The earliest documented performance at the amphitheatre was the Grand Opening of the Garden of the Titans, put on by famed editor John Brisben Walker on May 31, 1906.

4)

The amphitheatre’s largest-scale performance to date was the Feast of Lanterns on September 5, 1908. Commemorating the opening of the scenic road up nearby Mt. Falcon, it was patterned after the festival of Nagasaki, Japan, and featured four military bands and fireworks off Mt. Falcon, Mt. Morrison and two intermediate hills.

3)

One of the first performances of each season is the Easter Sunrise Service, a non-denominational service on Easter Sunday of each year.

2)

Red Rocks Park and the camp that housed the men who built its world-famous amphitheater have been awarded national historic landmark status.

1)

There is a stairway that leads up one of the Rocks at the amphitheater and nobody really knows what it was used for. You can watch this drone footage below for a better look at the stairway.

 

116 comments
Richard Walton
Richard Walton

The cave seen many of free concerts in there little bit tricky leaving when you are F"d up

Brick Owen
Brick Owen

The stream/ pond that are only there in the spring time

Michael Cawthra
Michael Cawthra

Climbing is not allowed. Too many idiots hurting themselves. Morons try to climb Red Rocks.

Pete Schwenker
Pete Schwenker

Especially when high or drunk. Doesn't help coordination.

Jeff Wessels
Jeff Wessels

Went up there many times in my lifetime !

Joe Gonzales
Joe Gonzales

There is also a tunnel in the northern rock that goes almost all the way to the top. Last i heard they made it off limits.

Ken Crawford
Ken Crawford

We have actually been to the top of those many times. Hard to believe now, and especially other places along the face of that rock, that have since been taken off to prevent other fools like us from venturing out there. 'Climbing on these rocks is strictly verboten now, and has been - probably since the visitors watched in amazement at our antics way back in 63 and 64. Those were great times. When we weren't spending days climbing and exploring these, we were "tubing" on Clear Creek above Golden at Tunnel 1. Really had some wonderful times and so proud of the memories now. Actually glad none of us were killed or maimed also. When others weren't so lucky. Colorado provided us with a wonderful space to explore and enjoy nature and God's abundance. I have always felt blessed to have grown up there. Especially at a calmer, optimistic and more respectful time. The fossil remains that were apparent along the road leading up to Red Rocks, were nothing more than a curiosity to us. We'd always mention them, even stop and look at them often. But the idea of vandalizing them, carving them out for ourselves, harm them or demolishing them in anyway was so foreign to our thinking on things. It just didn't happen. Progress....

Aj Schwarz
Aj Schwarz

Back in the early 60's, we used to hike and climb all over these rocks, and up into some of the chimney shoots. Can't do that anymore.

Hunter S. Heath
Hunter S. Heath

And my school got to graduate and receive our diploma here... Awesome

Andrew Carder
Andrew Carder

This should be renamed, things you probably don't know about Red rocks if you aren't from here.

Suzan Davis
Suzan Davis

Got to climb those stairs! Pretty scary

Savannah Gebers
Savannah Gebers

My grandma was said to have tumbled all the way down those steps without breaking a bone...

Rod Cole
Rod Cole

I have been there it known as the stairway to heaven!!!

RyanRStevenson
RyanRStevenson

I ve walked those steps, see the fissure well you go into cave walk a ledge then using body strength pressed between two stone work your way up and come out the fissure once there you could walk the steps.  However you can no longer do that its fenced off     people were known to sit and watch concerts from there   oh and fall   hence no more

Kyle Voon
Kyle Voon

Josh Main this is what I was talking about red rocks. The stairs are man made

Adam Wemlinger
Adam Wemlinger

climbed the stairway almost every weekend during the summers between 1988-90

Keith Olson
Keith Olson

And the land was donated by a wealthy Italian to make Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Phillip Edmisten
Phillip Edmisten

It was actually sold by a man named Walker to the city of Denver. He wasn't Italian.

Randal Flagg
Randal Flagg

Strange, I though John Brisbane Walker who sold the land where Red Rocks is located was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Maybe it's the Pittsburgh in Italy.

Andrea Morroni
Andrea Morroni

I had a high school friend who was the stage manager for the various concerts. He passed many years ago

Eddie Provine Trabert
Eddie Provine Trabert

"Stairway to Heaven" wicked hike. Can't do that now a days, let alone go off the trails.

Max Ruthenbeck
Max Ruthenbeck

The stairway was used for tours through the 1940s.

Phillip Edmisten
Phillip Edmisten

Or a way to the stage on top of creation rock in the early 1900's. That's why it's there.

Max Ruthenbeck
Max Ruthenbeck

The stairs lead up and away from the stage. There is no place on top up there to put a stage, and why would you anyway. Terrible acoustics up there. I'm with the company that does the safety inspection of the entire park and removal of loose debris to protect the public. I've seen places in the park you don't know exist.

Randal Flagg
Randal Flagg

The stage was on top of creation rock. Obviously you don't know everything about the park.

Dan Heit
Dan Heit

Climbing these formations was like a rite of passage growing up in the "60's

Darrin Garcia
Darrin Garcia

Justin David Romero dude have you ever heard of that stairway before???

Randal Flagg
Randal Flagg

Have to do it in the dark preferably with no moon.

Darrin Garcia
Darrin Garcia

Justin David Romero let's go!! That's crazy I wonder who made it!

Steve Schade
Steve Schade

Yep. Off limits now. Made it up in the late 80's/early 90's. Graduated hs there in 91

Darrin Garcia
Darrin Garcia

Jamison Scott Thomas not when you are Ninjas like we are!

Rod Cole
Rod Cole

Good luck getting up there now

Lee Hogan Holden
Lee Hogan Holden

the BEST place to have seen my very first concert (in 1981)

Phillip Edmisten
Phillip Edmisten

There used to be a stage on top of creation rock in the early 1900's. The stairs led up to it.

Randal Flagg
Randal Flagg

A few times. From the cave like area midway up there were old wooden remnants of a ladder or staircase up to the flat rock area. Always wondered what the stairs carved into the rock were intended for. One day I saw a pic from the time Walker owned it and there was obviously something on top of the rock. I was at the trading post at Red Rocks years later and asked an older man about it and he told me about the stage. Found the above pic when I googled stage on creation rock at red rocks.

Adolph
Adolph

Hello everyone, can I have friend from Grand Junction, Lakewood or Vail

Dan Baxley
Dan Baxley

Climbed those stairs to the top and smoked a joint. It wasn't easy to do and there are a few spots where you definitely do not want to fall!!

Ann Kellermann
Ann Kellermann

When I was a kid the theater wasn't there. There was A building and we kids us to climb all over the rocks. We went into the CAVES. There was nothing but rock formations and we had a blast. We weren't afraid to climb or explore. We felt what the Indian's felt, the pride they had. We would climb the ladder to the top, what a wonderful childhood we had. Living in Colorado the BEST state in the union.