Red Rocks becomes a National Historic Landmark
Though long ago already recognized as one of the most unique and iconic venues in North America, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater is finally receiving the official title it deserves. Following a fifteen-year process from an advocacy group called Friends of Red Rocks, the monumental venue has finally achieved National Historic Landmark status. In addition, the Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps camp which was used by workers when building the theater has also gained this honored status.
Colorado governor John Hickenlooper was elated about the decision, like many other proud Denver residents. “This designation reinforces Red Rocks Park and its remarkable landscape of red sandstone monoliths as a true icon for Colorado,” he said in a statement. “It’s renowned as the only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world, and the diverse landscape attracts thousands of outdoor enthusiasts and even dinosaur fans.”
The new National Historic Landmark status will likely have minimal, if any, effects on the amphitheater as a music venue. In 2015, a record breaking 125 concerts will be held at Red Rocks.