At 868 acres (350 ha) in size, Red Rocks Park is the closest mountain park to the City of Denver. Located along the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, it is named for the towering 300-foot (90 m) sandstone rock formations. The famous and iconic amphitheater attracts musicians and visitors from around the world. The red rocks near the amphitheater are called Creation Rock, Ship Rock (formerly called Titanic), and Stage Rock. These giant rocks form a unique natural amphitheater, stage and seating area. Red Rocks is considered to be one of the greatest outdoor music venues in the world.
The park boasts a 200-mile (320 km) panoramic view of Denver and the plains. On a clear day, the tent-like domes of the terminal of Denver International Airport 45 miles (72 km) east of Denver are visible. Hiking trails allow visitors to observe the geologic feature and natural areas found in the park. Due to the high use of the site and sensitive nature of the geologic feature use is allowed by trail only. Visitors and concert goers are asked to stay on roads, in parking lots or on trails. For public safety reasons, off-trail use and rock climbing are strictly prohibited and violators will be prosecuted.
Red Rocks is a popular destination for tourists, concert goers, photographers, exercise buffs, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.