Castlewood Canyon State Park Loops

Franktown, Colorado

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This beautiful ?gure-8 hike drops down to Cherry Creek and the remains of the Castlewood Dam, which provided water for irrigation and recreation for over forty years. The dam broke in 1933, leaving tattered remains and scars in the canyon downstream. You’ll walk past big hunks of Castle Rock Conglomerate, full of imbedded rocks and pebbles. Watch for birds of prey like turkey vultures and various hawks while you amble through four ecosystems in this canyon on the plains. The Visitor Center o?ers two excellent movies to help you appreciate this amazing state park.

Castlewood Canyon State Park Loops Professional Review and Guide

"This beautiful ?gure-8 hike drops down to Cherry Creek and the remains of the Castlewood Dam, which provided water for irrigation and recreation for over forty years. The dam broke in 1933, leaving tattered remains and scars in the canyon downstream.

You’ll walk past big hunks of Castle Rock Conglomerate, full of imbedded rocks and pebbles. Watch for birds of prey like turkey vultures and various hawks while you amble through four ecosystems in this canyon on the plains. The Visitor Center o?ers two excellent movies to help you appreciate this amazing state park."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Franktown
Distance: 6.2
Elevation Gain: 680 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Best. April through November. Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in summer; changes seasonally. Check the website or call for current hours.
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Castlewood Canyon State Park, 2989 South Highway 83, Franktown; 303-688-5242; cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/castlewoodcanyon
Local Maps: USGS Castle Rock South, Russellville Gulch
Driving Directions: Directions to Castlewood Canyon State Park Loops

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May 2018