The institution that today is known as Red Rocks Community College was established in 1969 as one of three new campuses of the Community College of Denver. The new CCD west campus first opened its doors at a temporary site on West Quail St. in Jefferson County. The Colorado legislature soon appropriated funds for the construction of a permanent campus. In 1971 ground was broken for construction of the present facility on 140 rolling acres with a panoramic view of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, in what was then unincorporated Golden.
The first phase of construction was completed by fall 1973 and students were enrolled for the first time at what was then called the Red Rocks Campus of the Community College of Denver. A link between the east and west wings of the current facility was completed in fall 1975. In a move to make each of the CCD campuses more autonomous, on July 1, 1983 the Red Rocks campus officially became Red Rocks Community College.
In the late 1980s, the campus address changed from unincorporated Golden to Lakewood. In 1990 Red Rocks expanded its service to the north with a high-tech Arvada campus.
Red Rocks serves more than 14,000 students annually, meeting the diverse educational needs of the residents of Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson and Park counties and other areas by providing access to excellent higher education. Incorporating both the stability of American academic tradition and the flexibility to be responsive to community needs, the college emphasizes innovation, leadership, quality and service.