Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Castlewood Canyon State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

My husband and I completed this trail with my father-in-law on September 2. My FIL uses a wheelchair, so this was the only hike in the area he could do. This e area and the trail head was easy enough to find.... just remember that you need to pay the fee to enter the state park ($7 I think).

This is a paved, mostly flat-ish trail. Some ups and downs, and some cracks/uneven pavement to watch our for, but still pretty manageable for us pushing the wheelchair. Views were nice but not spectacular. Saw a frog and a lizard.

This is a nice trail for anyone looking for a simple nature walk, but serious hikers/adventurers would be unamused.

Wife and myself absolutely loved it

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike and wonderful views. I started my hike there on Wednesday, 8/29/2018 at 1:30PM and saw 5 people the entire way, and then only on parts of the hike within a 10 minute walk from the parking lots. The trail is well-marked and maintained - the trail simply follows the canyon all the way around, either on the rim or along the bottom near the stream so you can't get lost or sidetracked if you're paying attention.

The hike is more than 5.8 miles...my hike was 6.5 miles without roaming off the trails much, and the only heart pumping part is just past the dam as you ascend to the rim of the canyon for a quarter mile or so. NOTE: there is poison ivy along all parts of this trail right along the edge of the trails (poison ivy thrives on disturbance). If you are sensitized to it like I am - and have had it many times like me - then you'll notice it pretty quickly. I'm a field botanist so I was turning sideways on a few of the narrower portions of the trail because I was in shorts. If you have kids with you just be careful that they don't handle random vegetation along the trails.

Overall a great hike - I'm coming back to do the eastern loop, which is a preservation area and will be of more interest to biologists and environmental types.

Gorgeous hike. Bring LOTS of bug spray as there were mosquitos EVERYWHERE due to all the water!!

Great hike! My Garmin watch recorded just under 5miles for the loop. The trail is very narrow toward the dam. Be careful to not follow dam trail. You need to follow the river and stay on bottom creek trail. After the dam for few yards it looks like you are in the jungle but don’t worry the trail becomes wide again after few minutes walking.

hiking
1 month ago

The scenery here was unique, and I really enjoyed the hike overall (I like loop trails where you get to see new things throughout the hike). However, the trails were packed for someone like me who typically aims for less trafficked areas, the route was hard to keep track of due to lots of little offshoots, and I was surprised by how many large rocks there were to get over given that the trail is rated easy (my knees won't thank me tomorrow!).

on Lake Gulch Trail Loop

hiking
1 month ago

Hot hike. Great wildlife viewing.

Great hiking option if you don't want to drive hours to the mountains. Not to difficult except a brief incline at both ends of the canyon where you climb out of the canyon itself and to the rim. Decent views for being out east towards the plains. Have hiked this trail many times (usually as a pre-hiking season leg stretcher) and will again! Can't go wrong!

horseback riding
1 month ago

Hiking only; mountain bikes and horses are not permitted; dogs on leash O.K. It is a beautiful place.

Great trail for the whole family. Gorgeous views! It was very hot and sunny on the day we hiked. I think this would be a great spring or fall trail as the shade is minimal.

favorite trail

Great area, plenty of parking, marked trails, picnic benches and bathrooms. We took our 3 year old and he was able to do the whole trail without any issues.

Went yesterday with my pup. Easy hike and pretty views. Parking and drive in are easy and paved. A few places for the pup to get in the cool water.

Great family day trip with lots of shade. Beware of leeches in the water though!

Pretty hike, slightly challenging

Nice and easy hike, pretty views. Great for bird watching

Never saw a waterfall, but it was a great hike. The kids enjoyed dipping their feet in the water and looking for crawfish. Yes, crawfish. Good length for a family and enough shade to take the edge off the heat.

Beautiful views

hiking
2 months ago

My favorite in Castlewood Canyon for the views. I usually do the inner Canyon connected with this one for a nice balance in scenery. Usually pretty empty on the weekdays.

hiking
2 months ago

I love this whole place. I usually like to enter on the north side as it is much less crowded than the East. I've done all the trails and recommend them for all skill levels.

we hiked the L trail to the K trail making a loop. I'm pregnant and haven't hiked since last year. but I reached my limit and had to get out. this was an easy hike with short uphill portions towards the end that were just enough to make me breath a bit heavier but not wind me. There was plenty of shade and resting places and amazing views. We even saw lizards and snakes and many birds. there were spots by the creek with large boulders to cross over but they were absolutely manageable. my 6 and 8 year old handled the hike very well. we saw many other children and people of all ages managing fine. next time we will start on the K trail go view the dam and then back track to the l trail.

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.

walking
3 months ago

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.

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