Castlewood Canyon State Park

Quick Facts

Castlewood Canyon State Park

Colorado

(303) 688-5242

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Things To Do

Overview

Nature lovers and groups enjoy environmental diversity on several hiking trails ranging from mild to moderate. All trails are less than two miles long and can be combined for longer journeys. The winding Cherry Creek flowing along the canyon floor provides wonderful rest stops. Pets, on a leash, are welcome on most trails except the new East Canyon Preservation Area trail. The natural amphitheater and the Bridge Canyon Overlook gazebo perched on the edge of the canyon are unique places for weddings or other outdoor ceremonies. Casual groups and families enjoy the picnic areas at both entrances. Remnants of geologic and local history combine when the then Castlewood Dam burst in 1933, sending a 15-foot-high wave of water into Denver. Ruins of the original ill-fated dam and the historic homestead still exist for hikers to see.

Map of Castlewood Canyon (CO)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.352825, -104.761333

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Sorry no bicycling is allowed on the trails.

  • Climbing

    Walls up to 60-feet and canyon face climbing are available for all skill levels. Attention climbing groups: please contact the park office to register. Please be aware of seasonal closures.

  • Hiking

    Castlewood offers hiking trails for every skill level. Paved trails give all ages access to magnificent views of the canyon, while more difficult trails take you down to Cherry Creek and along the canyon floor.

  • Historic Sites

    With 2,303 acres of important wildlife habitat, local history and spectacular natural scenery, the park is a natural outdoor classroom. The environmental programs are created with state standards in mind and are presented by park staff or trained volunteer naturalists. Programs are available throughout the year. Details for public programs and hikes are posted at various locations in the park and on the park's calendar page. Programs for school groups must be scheduled at least one month in advance with the park naturalist.

  • Horseback Riding

    There is only one mile of trail accessible to horseback riders at Castlewood.The Cherry Creek Trail connecting Cherry Creek State Park and Castlewood Canyon State Park should be completed in 2010.

  • Picnicking

    Individual or group picnic areas are available at the park. Group picnic areas are available by reservation only. 30+ family picnic sites are available throughout the park on a first come, first-served basis.

Seasonality/Weather

Castlewood Canyon is a day use park. Current park hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Directions

Driving

To reach the main entrance of Castlewood Canyon State Park, take I-25 to Castle Rock, exit onto Founders Parkway eastbound. Take Founders Parkway to Hwy 86, go east on Hwy 86 four miles to Franktown. Turn South on Hwy 83 (S. Parker Rd) and go five miles south to the main park entrance. For the westside entrance turn onto Castlewood Canyon Road (County Rd 51) from Hwy 86 prior to reaching Franktown. Westside Entrance Turn onto Castlewood Canyon Road (County Rd 51) from Hwy 86 prior to reaching Franktown.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(303) 688-5242

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