Castlewood Canyon State Park Loops

Franktown, Colorado 80116

Castlewood Canyon State Park Loops

Castlewood Canyon State Park Loops Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder (Menasha Ridge Press)
Kim Lipker
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"Castlewood Canyon is the northernmost portion of the Black Forest. Largely surrounded by grassland, the canyon is home to dam ruins. The Inner Canyon Loop takes hikers through a lush corridor where ponderosa pines thrive along Cherry Creek as it flows to Denver. Castlewood Canyon State Park has 12 miles of hiking trails, including the handicap-accessible Canyon View Nature Trail."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
680 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 to 4 hours
Best. April through November. Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in summer; changes seasonally. Check the website or call for current hours.
Castlewood Canyon State Park, 2989 South Highway 83, Franktown; 303-688-5242;
Local Contacts
USGS Castle Rock South, Russellville Gulch
Local Maps

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