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 new 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.
Castlewood Canyon is a day use park. Current park hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sorry, there is no camping.
Inbound gates are closed one hour prior to park closure, at 4:00 PM; both gates are locked, promptly, at 5:00 PM.
You are invited to hike, run, snowshoe, or cross country ski 100 trail miles in the park and earn a Castlewood Canyon State Park 100 Mile Challenge Coin. Get outside, challenge your fitness level and enjoy your adventure in the park! Keep track of your trail miles (download your log), bring your log to the Visitor Center when you have completed the challenge, and receive your Castlewood Canyon State Park 100 Mile Challenge Coin. The challenge ends December 2015.
Due to the fragile nature of this area, the following regulations are strictly enforced on East Canyon Trail:
Visitors must remain on the designated trail.
No dogs or other pets are permitted.
No rock climbing, traversing or rappelling on or from rock formations.
Seasonal closures exist.
If you have questions or comments feel free to give us a call at 303.688.5242.
Castlewood Canyon is home to nesting raptors. Please help us assure a successful nesting season by observing the following closures:
Morning Sun Wall is CLOSED March 1 - July 31
Porky's Wall is CLOSED March 1 - July 31
Vultures Wall is CLOSED March 1 - May 31
Shakespearean Theater is CLOSED March 1 - May 31
Mind Meld is CLOSED March 1 - May 31