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Red Rocks Park is a mountain park in Jefferson County, Coloradomarker, owned and maintained by the city of Denvermarker as part of the Denver Mountain Parks system. The park is known for its very large red sandstone boulders. Many of these formations within the park have names, from the mushroom-shaped Seat of Pluto to the inclined Cave of the Seven Ladders. The most visited rocks, around the amphitheatre, are Creation Rock to the north, Ship Rock to the south, and Stage Rock to the east.

The red sandstone found throughout Red Rocks Park is geologically identified as belonging to the Fountain Formation. Other Coloradomarker examples of Fountain Formation geology include nearby Roxborough State Parkmarker, Garden of the Godsmarker near Colorado Springsmarker and the Flatironsmarker near Bouldermarker. The rocks were formed about 290-296 million years ago when the Ancestral Rocky Mountains were eroded during the Pennsylvanian epoch. Later, uplift during the Laramide orogeny tilted the rocks to the angle at which they sit today.

The park was in times far past a favored campsite of the Ute tribe. Its earliest known name was the Garden of the Angels, reputedly given to it on July 4, 1870 by Martin Van Buren Luther, a pioneer Colorado judge. It was renamed Garden of the Titans in 1906 by famed editor John Brisben Walker when he purchased the place with proceeds from his sale of Cosmopolitan Magazine. Known however by the folk name of Red Rocks since the area was settled, it was formally given that name when Denvermarker acquired it in 1928.

Within the park boundaries is the Red Rocks Amphitheatremarker, a world famous venue used for over a century, which hosts many concerts and other events. Red Rocks Park was also the site of the Start and Finish line of The Amazing Race 9 which aired in the spring of 2006.


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