Trip Planner:   USA  /  Colorado  /  Franktown  /  Nature  /  Castlewood Canyon State Park

Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown

(140+ reviews on the web)
State Park Nature / Park
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.
Arrange your visit to Castlewood Canyon State Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Franktown using our Franktown trip itinerary planner.
Source
Create a full Franktown itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Franktown

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Colorado by other users

5 days in Rocky Mountain National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 5 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Amarillo, Santa Fe & Crested Butte BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Continental USA & Mexico City BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Beautiful area with interesting history. PLEASE be aware. One in our party was almost struck by a juvenile rattlesnake today. Dogs have died here as a result of strikes as a Google search will confirm...  more »
  • Our first visit here. The weather was great. This place is amazingly beautiful. The trails are easy to manuver for anyone. There are also some more demanding trails if that is what you are looking for...  more »
  • We visited here today with our teenage children and our 9 year old husky. We hiked from the canyons parking area to the waterfalls. The price is only $7 for a carload. The hike can be moderately stren...  more »
Google
  • 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!
  • Good walk to the river but take lots of water 💦 on a 🔥 hot day and it's a work out come back up the trail if you not in shape and I am not. that for sure but I made it up and so bid my wife thank god I thought I was going die but was fun.
  • Drove by here many times. I did not realize until we hiked a 8 mile long loop. It winds around and over a creek that flows in portions really well. There is also an old damn that was neat to find. There are some steep portions be sure to ask at gate for map. We took dogs, just had to be on leash. Otherwise great Saturday hike.