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.
Anna B. on Rim Rock Creek Trail
Beautiful rock formations. Lots of sun exposure due to lack of leaves on trees - will be much shadier once leaves bloom. I'd rate this trail between easy and moderate (until hiking to top of ridge)..
Karen S. on Rim Rock Creek Trail
Great winter hike. Steep incline to get the top of ridge and back down again. Snow and slick conditions on they shady portions of the trail.
Karen S. on Inner Canyon Loop Trail
Great winter hike. Didn't have to be worried about rattlesnakes they don't come until April. This is the trail you have to take to complete the Lake Gulch Loop.
Karen S. on Lake Gulch Trail
Good winter hike. Good time to go because the rattlesnakes don't come out until April. You see the waterfall on the Creek Bottom trail. We added more trails to this hike to add more distance.