Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown

4.8
#55 of 206 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, turkey vulture, golden eagle, prairie falcon, virile crayfish, Woodhouse's toad and the northern leopard frog.
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  • What a nice walk! We ate a picnic, and walked along Creek Bottom Trail (1.7 miles one way). It follows Cherry Creek until the ruins of Castlewood Dam. So pretty. We then walked back along the stream a...  more »
  • Great place to visit. Entrance fee is reasonable if you are going to spend some time, hiking, etc. Not reasonable if you only want to drive through the park and stay in your car. There is an interesti...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • $7 for a day pass but there are miles and miles of trails ! We did a 6.5 mile loop (many trails connect and loop to each other). Pretty creek in the canyon . Trails along the creek at the canyon bottom and rim trail along the edge of the canyon . Old dam you can hike to as well! Many nice lookouts . Enjoyable hike . Playground for kids near parking area. Some restroom. Dog friendly and rock climbing areas too.
  • 1st time going here and I gotta tell ya what a gem it Is! We live that it's right down Parker RD. So it makes it easy for a quick day hike. The dog lived it. Lot of different routes you can take and the one we did looped around which is very nice so we don't have to see the same thing twice. Check it out. As with all hiking in CO. gotta watch out for the Rattles, they have a sign that warns of this.
  • My favorite state park in Colorado. Please don't come here, I want it all to myself. In fact, why am I even writing this review? Because Castlewood is too amazing to greedily keep from the world. Make sure to bring water + sunscreen, and check the weather ahead of time. Dogs + kids are OK, enjoy seeing the historic dam that broke, doing some climbing, or hopping on the river boulders. Just please don't litter!
  • Love this park. Wonderful hiking/walking trails. Gorgeous scenery. I also love the outdoor pavilion where concerts are held at times. There is also a jungle gym for kiddos and plenty of places to picnic. Hope this was helpful.
  • Hidden gem close to the city! We plan on hiking and doing a picnic next time. Beautiful scenery and some wildlife viewing opportunities! This is a Colorado state park, small fee for cars. Leashed pets are allowed and there are restrooms. On the west side of the park are covered areas that can be reserved for large party's and 3.2 beer is allowed. No camping allowed.
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