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Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown

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Castlewood Canyon State Park is a Colorado state park near Franktown, Colorado. The park retains a unique part of Colorado's history, the remains of Castlewood Canyon Dam. Visitors can still see the remnants and damage from that dam which burst in 1933. The event sent a 15ft wave of water all the way to downtown Denver resulting in a flood. Also contained within the park is the historic Cherry Creek Bridge.RecreationThis park hosts a multitude of hiking/running trails, handicapped access trails and rock climbing opportunities, as well as a nature preservation area on the eastern side that is home to wildlife and interesting geological features. Located within the northernmost extension of the Black Forest, Castle Wood Canyon encompasses 2136acre with elevations ranging from 6,200 to 6600ft. Many urban dwellers come for the picnic opportunity away from the city (group picnic facilities can be reserved), others visit the park because of the unusual geology, particularly the caprock features.Wildlife, ecology, and geographyAmong the many species living in the park are coyote, cottontail rabbit, red fox, black bear, prairie rattlesnake, mountain lion, meadow jumping mouse, golden eagle, prairie falcon, virile crayfish, Woodhouse's toad and the northern leopard frog.
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  • This state park is great to visit if you want to go hiking but don't have the time to trek west to the hills. It has great trails and interesting canyons. We've been here many times as it offers trail...  more »
  • We like Castlewood Canyon as it is close to us and has a pretty little creek to walk beside. Lots of families. Lots of dogs, which is fine when people follow the rules, keep their dogs on leashes and ...  more »
  • Be prepared to walk and bring a camera, sunscreen and water. Great walk and views of rock formations. $7 to enter - very inexpensive for a half day of exercise.  more »
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  • Seven dollars gets you a day pass with plenty of hiking routes. We took the cave trail (B) to creek bottom (G) looping around to Rim rock (M) which offers awesome views of the valley and mountains in the background. About a 4 to 5 mile hike in 3 a leisurely 3 hours.
  • We went to Castlewood Canyon on a recent unseasonably warm spring day and loved it. It was worth the drive from Golden to see a totally different landscape! In spite of it being a busy day, we got in quickly, and hiked about 9 miles. We hiked many of the trails in the park but hope to return to hike the trail in the conservation area which was closed for the season in March. Go see the bull snake in the visitors center and the Rim Rock trail was a great rim trail for someone who doesn't like steep slopes. I still got to enjoy the great views without having to stand on the edge of a cliff.
  • I used to climb here as a kid. As an adult it's nice to bring the kids on an easy hike that is also beautiful. Seeing the broken damn, the small waterfall, and everything else make it a really nice place to go. As for climbing, while I don't climb much anymore, it was nice to see there are still bolted routes. We even saw a few climbers while we were there.
  • We had an amazing time. Went to the visitor center and learn about some animals and plant life we might run into on the trail. Everytime I come here I leave with a great experience. Highly recommend to anyone wanting a beautiful day hike with optional education about the history and it's wildlife. Excited to come back asap!
  • Great views and weather. It's a nice change from being high all the time on the mountains to being low in the valleys. Great day hikes!

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