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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