Looking for a great trail in Castlewood Canyon State Park, Colorado? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, trail running trails, kid friendly trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 13 easy trails in Castlewood Canyon State Park ranging from 0.7 to 5.8 miles and from 6,282 to 6,646 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
16 hours ago

We did this trail on 4/20/19 and started about 1130a. We parked in the west side trailhead as parking was limited at the first homestead trail where you can start Rim trail. Off of westside trail we started to the right of the bathrooms. Jut a few yards down there is a fork , stay to the left to hook to Rim, the other way continues Creek Bottom which if you do the whole loop you will end up at same place. You start a slow walk down the canyon and then up more steep trail with some steps and maybe rocks. I would say this is the hardest of the trail to get up to the rim of the canyon. We had to stop a few times to catch our breaths but it isn’t very long. On top of the rim is all sun and about 1/2 mile but best view. As you get off the rim you meet up with Dam trial which is short and hooks you back into Creek Bottom. The trail was a dry but rough from the snow/mud drying up. Was very busy and I know in summer it is even busier. Took us about 2 hours to do this hike

hiking
21 hours ago

Fun trail to do with the family. No crazy elevation changes. Gate price was $8.

It is a great hike that we love. It is easily accessible from multiple parts of the park. You can take the route clockwise or counterclockwise, we’ve done it both ways. No matter which way you take there is a good climb to the top and a good decent back down at the other end. Very beautiful views on the way to the top, while on top, and while in the canyon. I’d say it is kid friendly if they have the distance, the hike up will take a bit longer, but doable for older children.

Great beginning of the year hike. We saw turkeys, hawks, and a small herd of deer. Seeing the dam was cool and the waterfall was following nicely.

We all thoroughly enjoyed this trail. For starters, this trail is very easily accessible and great for all skill levels. There are plenty of other trails that either intersect or split off of this trail allowing you to explore even more than just this one trail. There is room to go much further than the 2.8 miles listed, we almost doubled it. There are several beautiful views throughout the trail and plenty of places to dip your feet. The only downside was that there was a lot of foot traffic going in and out, you can tell it is a very popular trail that all ages and skill levels use and enjoy.

Easy walk on windy day a few weeks ago.

Almost all the snow has melted, the exception being the bottom of the trail leading down to the creek. There are frequent muddy patches on the trail right now but the trail is mostly damp to dry. Nowhere was it wet enough for standing water to pool. Tons of people walking their dogs and kids.

Very pretty, no crowds - hubby and I enjoyed it! We will def go back when we’re in the Denver area again....

This is a compilation of Lake Gulch, Rim Rock, Creek Bottom and Inner Gulch trails. It’s almost exactly 6 miles. I would rate it as moderate with occasions to step gently over rocks. Went trail running and pretty solid for that option. Small waterfall; cliff; birds soaring; turkeys...not soaring; creek bottom; trees. Beautiful!

hiking
14 days ago

Great loop, a bit busy but it was the weekend so to be expected for a cool hike with great views.

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rocky
14 days ago

This was an amazing trail!! The sound of the river and the smell of the pines! Glorious!

hiking
15 days ago

not that difficult with the exception of a bit of uphill to the cliffs.

weather was beautiful and sunny 65. barely any mud.

pretty busy with kids and dogs.

Boulders, waterfall, views, the Dam! Wonderful morning hike with the dogs and the most amazing woman! Not too many people. Lots of places to stop and look at the scenery. We ran the last distance.

Went a few days ago. Ice and mud in a few spots. Nice get away without the hassle of driving to the mountains and associated traffic. Great for leashed dogs. The view of the old damn was interesting and made for a few nice pics. Appreciated the views along the top of the ridges which provided great views and nice hawk watching. Mixture of shade, sun, flat and hilly. Not real challenging but fun. I’ll do this one again.

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muddy
rocky
19 days ago

This run was a compilation of multiple trails that included flat gravel, rocks, rock steps, top of cliff, creek. It was amazing but ensure you have app with you so you don’t take a wrong turn. Will do again.

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muddy
21 days ago

Easy and fun trail for the whole family. My 6 yr old loved hopping on the rocks along the creek.

Wonderful stroll. Excellent views of the dam, and the Lucas Homestead. A little muddy in some spots, and there were some slushy snow and ice a few places in the steep part on Rim Rock.

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muddy
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Solid little loop close to town and a great place to get out if your time is limited. Spikes are highly recommended for the climb and descent, the rest of the trial is either hard packed snow or VERY slippery black mud. If you don't have spikes, wait a couple weeks and come back

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muddy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Fun hike but tough with only one spike.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful easy hike

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snow
2 months ago

Nice trail for a winter day. Mostly snow covered but was easy to navigate with yaktrax. I would rate this trail as easy.

1/10/19 The Rim Rock section was dry and easy to navigate. Creek bottom has lots of muddy spots and black ice. I took trekking poles and my heavy duty hiking boots and still fell. Be careful coming down the stairs near the dam. They have black ice with a dusting of dirt. I fell down several on the way down.
Saw lots of deer and turkeys on the rim rock trail. It was a pretty hike just beware of the icy spots and mud on the creek bottom side.

Great easy hike with our 6 year old. A bit of ice, snow, and mud in areas but not bad at all for January! The weather was in the 50’s and we wore short sleeve in the sun on top of the rim and winter jackets below in the inner rim in the shade. This hike must be absolutely gorgeous in the warmer months and we will definitely do it again!

Love the creek and all the rocks!

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