Colorado's new National Historic Landmark
Colorado's new National Historic Landmark
Mark Schiff

In a move that has been a long time coming, Colorado’s celebrated music venue Red Rocks Amphitheatre is now officially a National Historic Landmark.

In a press release issued Tuesday by the National Park Service, Red Rocks Park and the Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps Camp have been added to the National Historic Landmarks Program. The statement explained the selection:

The outstanding architecture and landscape architecture of Red Rocks Park and Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps Camp illustrate the principles and practices of New Deal-era naturalistic park design and master planning in a metropolitan park as well as the use of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) labor to develop such a park. Mount Morrison CCC Camp is one of the few surviving camps in the nation that retains a high concentration of original resources. The amphitheater in the park is one of America’s best known performing arts venues, famous for its natural acoustics, design, and setting.

In a news statement (via Hey Reverb), Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said that the naming of the venue as a National Historic Landmark “reinforces Red Rocks Park and its remarkable landscape of red sandstone monoliths as a true icon for Colorado.”

Along with Red Rocks and the Corps Camp, the National Park Service designated three other sites as National Historic Landmarks, including the First Peoples Buffalo Jump in Montana, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Virginia and Lafayette Park in Michigan.

The addition of Red Rocks and the Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps Camp brings Colorado’s National Historic Landmark tally up to 25 sites.