Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown

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#53 of 143 in Nature in Colorado
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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  • Looking for something to occupy our time and drive down to Colorado Springs, we found this gem of a park. Only a $7 entrance fee to hike many trails. Lots of beauty here. Lots of levels of hiking trai...  more »
  • This hidden canyon is close to home (Parker) and I drove by it many times before I decided to stop one afternoon. I've been back many time since then. The hike down to the creek and through the canyon...  more »
  • I love Castlewood Canyon. I have taken many folks hiking here that never knew this place existed and the outcome was always the same... loved it, definitely would come back. There are miles of trails ...  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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