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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.

Fun hike. The full loop looks better though. Will try that next time.

Lovely trail - fabulous for any time of year. Did this in the winter. Great views of the entire park. Quite manageable and well-maintained trail. Would definitely do again.

Beautiful area. Easy hike.

Nice easy hike, it’s fun to walk along the riverbed. You can take your dog, too.

Good trail for beginners, lots of rocks, boulders, trees natural like feel. We started in Juniper (be the entrance) where you start on a concrete path and transition to the natural path. It was a beautiful hike with the river along the hike, many nice pictures to take with the family or just enjoy the hike. It was very busy this Memorial Day. Bringing water and a snack is good. We enjoyed the hike and would do it again in the near future. You’ll enjoy it.

Loved the trail, wildflowers, waterfalls, and awesome for my first hike.

Love hiking in Castlewood Canyon, it has amazing views. The trails are easy enough to navigate that the kids can come with me.

Fun hike and so much to see, especially up on the rim. Playing down by the creek was great on a hot day.

Nice hike. You can combine this hike with creek canyon and inner loop canyon

Nice view. If you want little adventure just go on to the top of Dam

We did not see this trail specifically identified on the park maps but we found our way to a great view of the canyon and the falls along the canyon trail.

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1 month ago

Not a hard trail but be warned. It’s getting hotter, so beware of the rattle snacks. We saw two within 30 mins. The first one was a complete surprise as I walked right by it and heard it rattling his tail. Definitely caught me off guard. But other than that, it was a nice time. Views of Pikes Peak was awesome too!

Beware of rattlesnakes! There was one on the trail and heard another. Also wild turkeys were out.

We always take new people to hiking and vistors here, nice trail plunty to see.

Nice trail but be cautious on weekends lots and lots of people.

Love this trail it can be done quickly and great for taking first timers on.

Great hike!

Pretty easy hike with decent views. If you don’t want to drive to the front range and are in search of a good trail close by, this one’s a good option.

Cool hike, saw 5 Rattlesnakes on the trail and one guy got bit. The park ranger said one person gets bit a year so we should be good. The snakes were on a very narrow trail so it was tricky getting by but they let us through. Tons of people going in both directions

hiking
1 month ago

Challenging to find the trailhead (it goes behind the old broken building) but once we found it, it was great. Brought a dog, the climb to the ridge was a quick ascent but not too challenging and the walk along the ridge was beautiful. My boyfriend had a friend from out of town join us and it wasn’t too challenging for him, nor was the altitude climb too harsh. Kid and dog friendly.

This is really more of a walk than a hike, but if you are looking for something easy to do with young kids while still having pretty views it great! We will go back to picnic for sure.

Beautiful park. It was a bit muddy and cold but not another sole on the trail. It is fairly easy trail to the falls and to the dam. The rock formations are awesome. We did not have to pay for parking. Nobody at the booth. Great places for kids to play in the water when it’s warmer.

Really cool rocks and rock formations. Nice trail. Vultures nesting and looking great on dead trees. On a sunny weekend afternoon there were lots of people around the southern parts and the connecting trails, and too much litter and dog poop on those busier parts of the trail for it to be fully awesome.

Absolutley one of my favorite trails to frequent, beautiful place fore lunch amount the rocks in the river.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful views, peaceful, fun rocks to climb. We did this with me using an infant carrier and with our three year old. He rocked this trail. Definitely would do this again. We went on a Wednesday so not very crowded maybe saw a dozen people.

Loved the views! Thought I was lost a lot of the time but that just added to the adventure.

The western side of this loop was pretty somber; just a nice view of farmland. The eastern side was where the real beauty began. Lots of photo ops. Gorgeous.

2 months ago

Just an FYI - there’s a $7 park fee at the ranger station, cash or check only. Didn’t expect the charge so just wanted to let others know.

This is a great hike. Easy, clearly marked trails. Would be great for kiddos. I took a ton of pictures. I really like to hike by water so this was great for me.

Beautiful hike with amazing views. may be kid friendly but DEFINITELY not stroller friendly so I wouldn't recommend it with a young toddler that can't walk the whole thing (like my two year old.)

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