Castlewood Canyon State Park offers splendid opportunities for hiking, picnicking, rock climbing, sightseeing, photography and nature study. The park preserves 2,303 acres of the ecologically unique Black Forest region of Colorado. Visitors will also enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Front Range and Pikes Peak. Nature lovers and groups enjoy environmental diversity on several hiking trails ranging from mild to moderate. The trails range from .5 to 4 miles and can be combined for longer journeys. The winding Cherry Creek flowing along the canyon floor provides wonderful rest stops. Pets, on a leash, are welcome on most trails, except the East Canyon Preservation Area trail. The natural amphitheater and the Bridge Canyon Overlook gazebo perched on the edge of the canyon are unique places for weddings or other outdoor ceremonies. Casual groups and families enjoy the picnic areas at both entrances. Remnants of geologic and local history combine when the then Castlewood Dam burst in 1933, sending a 15-foot-high wave of water into Denver. Ruins of the original ill-fated dam and the historic homestead still exist for hikers to see.

1 day ago

You have to pay to enter park. Nice hike. Would like to go back and explore more--never saw waterfall!

This is an awesome hike--a family favorite when we want a hike that is close to home. This park is so beautiful and different in each season so it is worth coming back! Winter is my favorite.

Great place to beat the heat in the summer. However, you will not be the only one to have that idea.

hiking
2 months ago

awesome . love it

Beautiful views, awesome scenery, really great hike. Trail can be a bit hard to follow at times. Will definitely do this one again.

It cost $7 to park here, but it is well worth it. Beautiful trails.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun trail. The switchbacks were harder than I anticipated but maybe I'm just out of shape. :P

hiking
3 months ago

Love this hike. This park is one of the best kept secrets in Colorado. Come for the hikes, stay for the sunset!

While everyone and their dogs are slogging through the canyon this trail is nearly empty. It's perfect if you're looking for solitude.

hiking
3 months ago

Leave yourself plenty of time for his trail. It takes a few hours to get through because it loops into another trail to finish the loop. Great trail and beautiful area. Our dog loved it!

Love this loop trail. Variety of terrain and views. Our dogs like to stop in the creek. Definitely going again!