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Red Rocks Park in Jefferson County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Red Rocks Park

 
 
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Inscription. Red Rocks Park is a national Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The Trading Post and the Amphitheater are Denver Landmarks. The Trading Post, an example of the Pueblo-style architecture, is made of brick and stucco and was constructed in 1931. Red Rocks Amphitheater is the work of architect Burnham Hoyt.

In 1936, the Civilian Conservation Corps, began carving the Amphitheater from the rock. It was dedicated, after WWII, in August of 1946. Made of little more than wooden seating, simple indigenous materials, and natural acoustics, the Amphitheater is an internationally-renowned, 9,000-seat, performance venue.

The tilted and eroded sandstone and siltstone that you see covers layers of ancient beds of rock that were deposited in the area as layers of sand and mud in streams, lakes and seas. The mountain building that created the Rocky Mountains caused the layers of rock to slowly surge upward, lifting and tilting the red sandstone and siltstone slabs that we know today as Red Rocks.

Animals

Mountain Lion

It has a small round head, neat rounded ears and a heavy tail. Its fur is yellowish brown and dark brown on the ears, nose and tail. All adult males will weigh up to 200 pounds.

Rattlesnake
Rattlers are carnivores, swallowing
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their prey whole. These venomous snakes usually flee when they sense a threat, but will also use a deterrent display such as the rattling of its tail. The tail rattle is made of bony loosely connected segments.

Birds

American Kestrel

A hovering falcon that feeds on on large insets, small birds, and rodents. To identify this bird look for the way it will hover over prey before it attacks. Both sexes have a blue-grey stripe on the head and dark sideburns.

Mountain Bluebird
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Vegetation
Evening Primrose
(Oenothera caespirosa) This herbaceous perennial grows in cooler climates on dry sunny slopes. Its large white 4-petaled flowers open in the evening and wilt the next day. Since one flower opens at a time, the plant may bloom for days or even weeks throughout the summer. Yucca
(Yucca glauca) Happiest in arid regions and in sandy soil, this low evergreen plant is familiar to desert explorers. Its leaf fibers were used by Native Americans to make cord, sandals, and mats.. The flowers are creamy to greenish white bells, 2-3 inches wide, with large apple-green pistils.

Creeping Mahonia
(Mahonia repens) You will find this low shrubby plant on the dry open hillsides and rocky slopes of the Park. It has woody under ground stems, but
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is most recognizable by its leathery, hollylike, evergreen leaflets and dark blue berries. The leaves turn bright red in the summer. In the fall, yellow clustering [unreadable] fragrant.

Mountain Mahagony
(Cercocarpus) You will find this member of the rose family on sunny dry rocky slopes. It can grow 4 to 6 feet tall, but sometimes from 12 to 20 feet tall. The Navaho named the plant to signify one whose wood is as heavy as stone. Because of its hardiness they used the wood as staffs to hold wool when spinning it; and as an ingredient in preparing a reddish dye for wool.

Common Chokecherry
(Prunus Virginiana) This shrub can grow to a tree size of about 15 feet but more often is found in loose thickets where it rarely exceeds 9 to 10 feet. It is primarily found on hillsides, in canyons and along streams. The fruit has a bitter, astringent taste if eaten before it is ripe, giving rise to the name chokecherry. Native Americans within its range ate it either fresh or dried.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 39° 39.835′ N, 105° 12.195′ W. Marker is in Red Rocks Park, Colorado, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Trading Post Road
Red Rocks Park Amphitheater from the Trading Post image. Click for full size.
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4. Red Rocks Park Amphitheater from the Trading Post
and Ship Rock Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morrison CO 80465, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Red Rocks Amphitheatre (approx. 0.3 miles away); Front Range Foothills (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dinosaur Ridge (approx. 1.8 miles away); Buffalo Bill (approx. 5.1 miles away); Charles E. Kirk (approx. 5.1 miles away); Lariat Loop Byway: Buffalo Bill Museum (approx. 5.1 miles away); Lariat Loop Byway: Denver Mountain Parks (approx. 5.1 miles away); Our Changing Landscape-From Sea Floor to Mountain Top (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Red Rocks Park Information. (Submitted on July 20, 2012, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Wikipedia entry for Red Rocks Park. (Submitted on July 20, 2012, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
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Red Rocks Amphitheater from the road. image. Click for full size.
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5. Red Rocks Amphitheater from the road.
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6. Red Rocks Park Amphitheater
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7. Red Rocks Amphitheater Stage
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 527 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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