Red Rocks Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp Open House
A National Historic Landmark, The Mount Morrison CCC Camp was home to hundreds of men who built Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre and other parts of Denver’s mountain parks system in the 1930s.
For the first time, Denver Parks & Recreation is opening the camp to the public to see where the workers who built world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre lived and played. Stroll the grounds and visit the Rec Hall, Mess Hall and Barracks where costumed actors will tell the tales of what it was like to live in the camp.
The CCC was created under President Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression to create jobs and improve public lands. One of the CCC’s most famous achievements is Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. The camp where they lived during construction of the amphitheater includes barracks, a recreation hall, mess hall and other support buildings, and it remains one of the last two intact CCC camps in the nation.
Activities on August 10th Include:
- Ranger-guided tours of the camp every 45 minutes beginning at 10am (advanced registration recommended – Sign up for Ranger-led tours at: godenverparks.denvergov.org
- Historical re-enactors in period uniform with recorded period music from refurbished 1930s radio
- The museum will be open with free admission and staffed by a docent
- Log-work demonstrations using period hand tools
- Denver Zoo animal meet-and-greet from 11-1
- Denver Mountain Parks Foundation and HistoriCorps booths
- Antique cars from the 1930s and ’40s and original Red Rocks road construction equipment on exhibit
- Open picnicking – bring a blanket and a basket
- Self-guided tours available all day