Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Castle Rock with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The one good thing about this trail is that it’s paved so my kids were able to ride their bikes. But the second half of the path goes along busy roads, which isn’t very peaceful. We won’t be doing this trail again. I feel like we could’ve taken a quieter walk through our neighborhood.

5 days ago

This hike is basically a novelty. It is neither peaceful nor beautiful (except geologically, of course) because of its urban location. Nevertheless, it is neat, and I was excited when I discovered you can scramble to the top of the rock.

hiking
15 days ago

Chuck’s Loop is a beautiful and easy hike, but there are many places (5+) where the trail is not clearly marked and you can get lost. My husband went before me and took me back yesterday and we still got lost! Nice terrain and scenery, though.

Really nice easy ride. Happy people and Festival Park is beautiful!

hiking
23 days ago

Easy and beautiful!

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.

Easy. Excellent view at the top with places to sit and enjoy. Dog park next to trail. I-25 is noisy but can tune it out.

Great. Pretty Riparian land and happy people.

Fun hike. Steps are hand made. You can do several repetitions.

hiking
2 months ago

More of a dog park, not a hike or trail by any means

Fun loop to get the blood moving, we enjoy jogging down the trail after the climb.

walking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

The hike to the base of the rock is fabulous, but a warning that climbing to the top of the rock is especially slippery and dangerous right now. Maybe the rock has become extra slick over the years from frequent use? I fell 30 feet just two weeks after someone else fell in almost the exact same place. We were both extremely injured and lucky to have survived. Falling in that area does not mean you gradually slide down, it means you fall through the air off a cliff and land on rock. The area around the tree and higher than the tree is especially slick. Please be careful! Wear a helmet or just avoid it altogether.

hiking
2 months ago

Makes me sad to see folks giving Chuck’s Loop negative reviews. I really love it there! Yes, it’s exposed and there is virtually no shade, but it’s an easy trail with varied terrain and the views are AMAZING! We saw beautiful bluebirds and lots of hummingbirds. Watching the prairie dogs was entertaining as well. If you’ve tried it and didn’t like it, may I recommend going back near sunset?

Decent trail with some nice views.

trail running
3 months ago

Since I did Caste Rock trail and was the same starting point, decided to do this one too. The map was WACK, some "trails" were not even a trail! At least I enjoyed the Castle Rock one, and got to see the most part of the trails, I think. I recommend the other one (Castle Rock) instead. This map was really bad.

trail running
3 months ago

It's a short and nice trail for trail running. No shades, so better to do it when it's less than 70F. It was cloudy today and perfect for running!

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

hiking
3 months ago

Unfortunately Columbine Open Space is sandwiched between a railroad track to the east and a highway and another railroad track to the west. As a result it is a noisy hike with no illusion of being away from civilization. However, the hike is enjoyable and easy.

The north loop is mostly grassland. Apparently this is rattlesnake territory. The south loop has more trees and wetlands. I saw a wild turkey and some deer on this part of the trail.

A short drive south of Castle Rock. A decent hike but other nearby trails are preferable.

3 months ago

ok trail for an easy walk. not much to see.

Great trail to do with my two Golden’s

nice easy trail

Really nice and quick trail. Took my 6 year old daughter and our dog! Was great!!!

Some climbing-like steps from rock and boulders. Be careful around edges and where shrubs grow into the path - there's no guardrails here. Trail is not easily marked - try to stay on the path. Beautiful scenery.

Great for a range of people but definitely makes you work a bit with the incline. Overall loved it.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

A beautiful hike that the two boys (age 8 & 10) we were hiking with loved. The trail winds around rock formations with beautiful views that make you quickly forget you just parked in a populated subdivision. We arrived at 10:30 and the boys were in heaven scrambling up and down little detours on the trail.

However our walk back in the early afternoon gave us all the fright of our lives from encounters with two rattlesnakes. One we were tipped off by a couple hiking just in front of us and the other started to rattle as we apparently had all just walked by him. There was no veering off trail on our way back and we really wished we had started earlier before they came out to bathe in the heat of the day or chose a colder day in general. Definitely keep this in mind. But the hike itself was pretty spectacular.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice view at the top! Beware of dog poop

This is an easy hike with stairs. Optional rock scramble, on a piece of interestingly varied geology. At this time of year the scrub oak bears a hearty crop of plastic bags, flapping and lifeless. The omnipresent sights and sound of traffic and parked cars and little boxes made of ticky tacky smothered the natural beauty of this place. Recommended if you're a tourist. If you're a traveler, skip it.

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