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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  • October 4, 2017
    If you are afraid you missed the wonderful fall colors in Colorado, this first week in October, visit Castlewood Canyon State Park. It is about a 20 min. drive from Castlerock , Co., in the unique tow...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    A grate place to spend a sunday fall afternoon Take a lunch and enjoy, Kids and pets will have a grate time  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Great variety of ecosystems in one place. Historical site of dam failure, and lots of great hiking, for any level.  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    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.
  • March 28, 2017
    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.
  • June 5, 2017
    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.
  • May 26, 2017
    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!
  • July 2, 2017
    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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