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Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
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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  • Close place from Parker to get away! Nice little hiking trails. I also went there to do a project for my geology class! Lots of great information and examples. I got an A! 
  • We did the Lake Gulch Trail/Inner Canyon Trail (L/K) which took us 2 miles through the canyon. The view face west across to the mountains on the Lake Gulch Trail and go through the canyon floor on the...  read more »
  • It's not very big but it sure is beautiful with the fall colors starting to come out. I did a couple of the trails which were not very strenuous along the creek and finished with the canyon over look....  read more »
  • Beautiful. I visited Castlewood Canyon for the first time on 06.30.16 and am very glad I did! There are so many beautiful hikes and things to see. From caves to rainforest to mountain to cliffs to Meadows canyons to waterfalls there are so many different areas, feels, and views. Lots of wildlife and and saw a deer, rabbit, snake and many cool insects. CAUTION:. There is poison ivy everywhere along the trails. Not a big deal...just know how to identify and stay out of it. Highly recommended and will be back to this beautiful place. See a few of my photos took.
  • One of my favorite hikes in Denver. Easy to get to and with lots of trails,. Feels like getting into the mountains without the traffic. Great views and trails along meandering cherry creek. There are a few loops that range from flat to mildly challenging, but an easy day trip for those looking for a quick hike or a good place to go with kids or dogs.
  • We messed up and took my truck which did not have our state park pass on it so I had to pay the daily pass at the gate which was no problem. The parking for the trailhead was easy to find. The trails were well taken care of and it was an overall great hike along the ridgeline then following the river below it heading back. I will definitely be back here. This motivated me to get my own State Park pass!
  • The trail from the main entrance to the dam is nice and relatively easy providing very scenic views at times. The rangers here actively monitor the trails and had blocked off certain routes due to flood conditions. The park was very well maintained and mostly free of trash, including the bathrooms and the group reservation area.
  • Parts were still covered in snow and icy but thats my fault for choosing to go only a couple days after a big snowfall. Most of my hike was not in the trees so most of the snow was melted. It was a nice scenic hike (easy) but we did have to cross the stream on the boulders which was exciting. Overall, much prettier/ easier/ better hike than I expected.
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