Facilities on the east side include a Visitor Center, a spectacular handicap accessible
Canyon View Nature Trail, 12 miles of hiking trails, flush toilets, picnic areas, as well as
a group picnic area. Most facilities on the east side of the park are accessible and barrier
free. The east gate is open at 8:00 a.m. daily. West side facilities include parking, one
pit toilet and 20 picnic tables. Parking at the ruins of the dam is prohibited. For more
information call (303) 688-5242.
A complete copy of park regulations is
available at the entrance station.
• Ground fires are prohibited (cook stoves and self-contained grills are allowed).
• Vehicles must remain on designated roadways.
• Pets must be on a leash not exceeding six feet in length. Dispose of pet waste in garbage.
• No hunting is allowed in the park.
• Camping is prohibited.
• Gathering of artifacts, vegetation and
timber is prohibited.
• Only 3.2 alcohol is allowed.
astlewood Canyon State
Park offers splendid
Like all of us,
opportunities for hiking,
picnicking, rock climbing, sightCastlewood Canyon
seeing, photography and nature
State Park needs friends
study. The park preserves 2,634
acres of the ecologically unique
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Black Forest region of Colorado.
Visitors will also enjoy spectacular
panoramic views of the Front
Range and Pikes Peak.
State Park is a nonTrails along the Cherry Creek wind
profit group that raises
past the ruins of the Castlewood
Dam (circa 1890). Exhibits and a
funds for special
slide show in the Visitor Center
retell the dramatic events of August projects and provides
3, 1933, when the dam broke and
support in many ways.
caused the second worst flood in
From sunrise to sunset,
Castlewood Canyon State Park is
open for: sightseeing, picnicking,
hiking, photography, nature study
and technical rock climbing.
Hiking and trail use:
bike use is
restricted to roads and
Cherry Creek Regional Trail.
orseback riding is only
permitted on the Cherry Creek
ets must be kept on a leash
no longer than six feet. Pet
waste must be disposed of in
ets are not permitted on the
East Canyon Trail.
e installation of bolts and fixed
protection is prohibited.
lease use designated trails
limbing and bouldering are
not permitted in the East
Canyon Preservation Area.
Their work enhances
the experience of every
visitor and helps
protect and preserve
this special place.
Like to join us?
Passes and Permits
All visitors entering Castlewood Canyon State Park
are required to display a current Colorado State Parks’
Pass, issued by vehicle. A daily pass is valid from the day
purchased until noon the following day. An annual pass is
valid at any Colorado State Park. For annual pass holders
who own more than one vehicle, multiple passes are
available at a reduced fee. Passes are available at main park
entrances and self-service dispensers. Colorado disabled
veterans displaying Colorado Disabled Veteran (DV) license
plates are admitted free without a pass. Colorado residents
64 years of age or older qualify for a special Aspen Leaf
annual pass, available at a discounted rate.
C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E
ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS
To get to Castlewood Canyon State Park, take 1-25 to
Castle Rock. Take the Founders Parkway exit on Hwy 86.
Take Hwy 86 into Franktown. At the stoplight turn south
to Hwy 83. Go five miles to the park entrance.
There are two entrances to Castlewood Canyon State
Park. The main (or east) entrance is off of Hwy 83, five
miles south of Franktown. The east entrance facilities
include a visitor center, flush restrooms, event facilities,
picnic areas with grills and a paved roadway.
The west entrance is accessed from Castlewood Canyon
Road off of Hwy 86. The west entrance is a lessdeveloped portion of the park, including a gravel road,
gravel parking lots, a few picnic tables and vault toilets.
available at the Park
Visitor Center or
Castlewood Canyon State Park
2989 South Highway 83 • Franktown, CO 80116
Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado
through Colorado Lottery proceeds.
Castlewood Canyon State Park
To Castle Rock
To Cherry Creek
East Canyon Preservation Area
Due to the fragile nature of this area, the following
regulations are strictly enforced:
o dogs or other pets are permitted.
Castlewood Canyon Road
isitors must remain on the designated trail.
o climbing, traversing or rappelling on or from
• Seasonal closures exist.
To Lake Gulch Road
• Combine Lake Gulch Trail
with Inner Canyon Trail
for a 2 mile loop starting at Canyon Point Parking lot.
EAST CANYON PRESERVATION AREA
ombine Creek Bottom Trail with Rimrock trail for a 4 mile
loop starting at Westside Trailhead parking lot.
onnect the 2 mile loop with the 4 mile loop via the Dam
trail to create a 6 mile loop.
Group Picnic Area
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