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Castlewood Canyon State Park
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Castlewood Canyon State Park
Description - Located in the famous Black Forest in central Colorado, Castlewood Canyon State Park offers visitors hiking, rock climbing and unique sightseeing opportunities in an arid and beautiful setting. The ruins of the century-old Castlewood Canyon Dam form the centerpiece of the park and lead visitors to hiking trails that wind their way into the deepest regions of the canyon. Attractions in the park include the dramatic canyon walls and the unique ruins. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.

Recreation - Castlewood State Park offers opportunities for sightseeing, picnicking, hiking, nature study and technical rock climbing. Castlewood Canyon is also popular for bird watching and photography. Hike the scenic loop trails that roam both the bottom of the canyon and the rim. Rock climbers of all skill levels will enjoy climbing the walls. For pure relaxation, just bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the views.

Volunteers are needed for trail work, noxious weed cleanup and other projects that help maintain the park's natural beauty. For more information on these ongoing programs, contact Castlewood Canyon State Park.

Climate - Climate conditions in Colorado should be taken seriously throughout the state. Snow and ice are common on roads and trails from mid-October through late April. In the summer months, snow is still possible but less common. Varying conditions throughout a given day can be expected throughout the year. Remember that summer days can typically have beautiful sunny mornings and short sudden thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Please prepare appropriately for your outdoor experience.

Location - Highway 83 is now open north of the East Entrance. To reach Castlewood Canyon State Park, take I-25 to Exit 182 at Castle Rock, turn east on Highway 86, go six miles to Franktown, turn south on Highway 83 (S. Parker Rd.) and go five miles south to the park entrance

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Filed By: Shutterbug
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: January 26, 2008 - Castlewood Canyon is great for hikes all year round. There are two ways to enter the hiking trails, none of which are more than a moderate hike. During the winter the trails can be snow packed and/or icy, but mostly they are managable within days of most snows. The creek offers great scenery all year long, and checking out the dam ruins can be fun and educational. Summer tends to be hot and long stretches of the trails are without shade. Also, be cautious of rattlesnakes in the warmer months. A great little get away on the plains!

Filed By: Veronica
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We passes a waterfall, hiked up to the top of the canyon and just as we got to the top there was a herd of deer. Must of been 15 up there. Then we went into a few caves including a bat cave. There were no bats as it's not bat season. My favorite part was the Labrynth. A maze of cave walls. I had a great trip!

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: one of colo. best kept secrets! Great getaway for a day. nice place for a picnic. Or just a nice drive in a beautiful little canyon.

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Contact Information:
Castlewood Canyon State Park, P.O. Box 504, 2989 S. State Highway 83 , Franktown, CO, 80116, Phone: 303-688-5242
, castlewood.canyon@state.co.us

Additional Information:
Colorado State Parks - Colorado is world renowned for natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Visiting Colorado's state parks is an excellent way to gain access to the natural environment and the recreation opportunities created by it.
Denver Area - The largest city in Colorado, Denver is a major transportation hub for those coming to the mountains.

Colorado State Parks - Official State Parks Website


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