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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.

always a lovely hike!

Very nice hike. Some snow pack this time of year.

Easy trails, some rocky up and down spots. Falls are very small, but this was a great place to visit. Lots of walking near the half frozen over stream. And if you’ve never seen the broken damn make sure you do. Look up the history on the damn as well. If failed in the 1930’s. They Canyon is just awesome to look at!! Thank you to my Bubs who took me here for the first time.

1 month ago

nice trail. kind of hard to find the trail at times

Fantastic, easy winter hike. There's snow packed on the trail next to the creek since there's not much sun there, but it's not icy. Along the rim, there isn't much for shade.

A good trail for a quick hike. Can get a bit crowded after lunch. The river water is clean and wind is minimal.

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1 month ago

One of my favorites to walk with my dog. Awesome views of the canyon.

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1 month ago

Lots of wildlife and an easy trail.

It’s closed for the season folks :(

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2 months ago

Great hike, even this time of year. Trails in some spots were snow packed and icy. Absolutely beautiful and hardly anyone here.

There are multiple trails in the park and many of them are kind of bundled together so this review is for the whole bundle. Easy trails and surprisingly nice views that are not located in the mountains so can still be fun when the weather gets cold. The dam is very nice and the falls are pretty, and the canyon at some areas is very impressive

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2 months ago

Fantastic hike when you are looking to get out during the winter months!

This place was absolutely beautiful. Down in the canyon was a stream running through; doesn’t get much better than that.

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3 months ago

We took our two boys (4 and 5) and our 3 month old daughter in a front carrier. It was pretty windy at first, which was hard during the first part of the hike, but once we got down in the gulch it was much better. There were so many beautiful rock formations and the boys loved getting to see the river and throw rocks in the water. Not too hard for our boys. I had to carry the 4 year old for a while, but mostly because it was REALLY windy. Once we were out of the wind he walked the rest of the way

My husband and our friend and I did a backpack training session here yesterday. The cairns were VERY helpful...just needed them throughout the entire trail. We got a little off-trail 2-3 times because of this. But it was a good training trail...plenty of ups and downs but nothing crazy. The mosquitoes were out in full force around the stagnant water areas so bring your bug spray! We really enjoyed the hike and recommend it to anyone not wanting to do a hard elevation hike but still wants a decent workout. :)

This is my go-to hike if I don't want to drive very far! It's a very easy hike and great for kids! You can climb down to the water right above the water fall and take your shoes off and walk in the water. Also, if you keep going past the waterfall, you get to see the historic damn!

Make sure you bring plenty of water and some snacks is a good idea! Not much shade for about 2 miles so sunscreen may be a good idea as well! Didn't see any rattlesnakes but was warned about them so be cautious and stay on the trail!

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5 months ago

This trail takes you to the top of the canyon and offers outstanding views of the entire park. The trail isn't marked the whole way, but there are cairns that help through the confusing part!

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5 months ago

Beautiful hike with outstanding views of Pikes Peak and lots of different aircraft taking off from the Air Force Academy. Super easy to connect with the Inner Canyon Trail to make a loop!

nice trail, there were a LOT of rattlesnakes which was a bit unnerving. The area by the waterfall was filthy, people don't have to hike to see it and they were treating it like a waterpark. but the rest of the trail offers amazing views and interesting spots. FYI not a lot of shade on this trail so be prepared for heat if you go mid day.

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