Castlewood Canyon State Park

Loop • 2.04 mi • 0 ft

With 19 inches of rainfall annually, the park harbors groves of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir on north-facing slopes. Quaking aspens, growing far below their normal 8,000- to 10,000-foot range, flourish in moist canyon draws. Grassy meadows splotched with summer wildflowers border the inner canyon, while twisted juniper and dense copses of scrub oak grow along the stony rim. Numerous hiking trails and walking paths lace this secret getaway. Castlewood Canyon’s dense woodlands, tumbling water, and rough-hewn cliffs offer walkers an opportunity to discover and explore ecological diversity and unique scenery. Visitors here can picnic under the pines and observe wildlife. Special attractions: Scenic views, nature study, wildlife, and rock climbing.
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Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Denver
Length: 2.04 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau
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We hiked the inner loop trail along the water and it was so beautiful. We had our 3 month old puppy with us and there are many spots to stop and let dogs play in the water (and us!). There is not too much shade so wear sunblock and bring plenty of water.


Very nice trip through the canyon. There was enough shade to keep us cool, but enough trail difficulty to keep our hearts beating! Be sure to take plenty of water (at least one liter) if you decide to complete the entire trek (about 10 miles roundtrip). By the end, you will be glad you did...

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