DOD In-Person Tour: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Join DAF for an in-person tour of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. This tour will be offered TWICE:

  • Sunday, October 3, 9:00am-10:00am
  • Sunday, October 3, 10:30am-11:30am

About the tour: Ever wanted to be a rock star? Now is your chance, sort of. When you join this tour of one of Denver’s iconic landmarks and world-renowned concert venue, you will see big rocks, hear about rock stars and learn about rock architecture. This tour should be rock solid!

About the site: Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a naturally occurring amphitheatre just west of Denver. This National Historic Landmark is located in the Rocky Mountain Foothills within 738 acres of native juniper, prairie, geological wonders and spectacular vistas that make up Red Rocks Park. The amphitheatre holds a capacity of 9,525 and is known for its unique setting amongst the dramatic sandstone rock formations – the monoliths of Creation Rock and Ship Rock. Dedicated on June 15, 1941, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a geological must-see phenomenon for all music lovers. In 2019, Red Rocks hosted 160+ concerts to over 1.3 million concert-goers, including performances from artists Luke Combs, Widespread Panic, Kacey Musgraves, Billie Eilish, Cody Jinks, Old Dominion, John Prine and many more.

About the tour guides: Tad Bowman is the Venue Director for Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Denver Coliseum for the City & County of Denver’s Division of Arts & Venues. Tad started as an intern in the marketing department of the agency (formerly known as Theatres & Arenas) in 1987 after graduating from the University of Denver. Tad moved up through the agency while working at the now demolished McNichols Sports Arena and Denver Performing Arts Complex, in addition to Red Rocks and the Coliseum. As the Red Rocks Venue Director, Tad works directly with service providers and clients at AEG Presents, Live Nation and more.

John P. Olson is a Historical Architect with the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service where he works with National Historic Landmarks, Heritage Documentation Programs, National Heritage Areas, the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program and Federal Historic Surplus Properties. His previous experience includes roles with Historic Denver, Humphries Poli Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado Denver.

Please note: All attendees (including tour guide and DAF staff) will be required to sign a waiver of liability and answer a COVID-19 questionnaire prior to the in-person tour. All participants must wear a mask on this tour and remain six feet apart. Click here for more information on DAF’s COVID-19 precautions.

Tour meeting location will be included in your purchase confirmation.