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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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  • We visited on Dec 30th. There was still snow in the shaded areas of the canyon and ice on the trail, but still manageable to hike. The East Facility area has a well paved trail if you have strollers o...  more »
  • I call this "hidden" but it is not hidden to folks that live in the south Denver metro. It's a wonderful place to go for a nice leisurely walk or, for the more adventurous, do some rock climbing. My f...  more »
  • This little State park is easy to access off Hwy 83 south of Franktown. Rimrock trails skirt the edge of a rocky cleft and one leads down into it, where the trail follows a rushing stream. In the spri...  more »
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  • I know this canyon like it's my backyard. From the old school house from the 1800's to the dam ruins that collapsed in 1916. There is something for everyone that loves nature or history, there is hiking climbing both technical and bouldering, there is an awesome vertical cave you can crevice climb down into. Great place to hike with the family or for a romantic picnic. Support your state parks and please don't graffiti. Pack in, pack out, take nothing but pictures, and leave nothing but footprints please.
  • 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.
  • Every time I come to this place I feel like I really leave civilization. Good hiking options, and our dogs love running around here.
  • 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!