Castlewood Canyon Park

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A few weeks ago we had absolutely beautiful weather. It is hard to believe with all the snow we have had lately, but just 2 weeks ago we were hitting 80 degrees! We decided to head south to Castlewood Canyon State Park in Franktown, CO. The park sits less than an hour below the Denver metro area along I-25 and offers a slew of fun outdoor activities. We decided to pack a lunch and make a day of it.

We ventured along several of the trails, some of which were paved and some were a mix of dirt and gravel. Of course, no hike would be complete without venturing off the beaten path so during the hike through the canyon we walked along Cherry Creek and across the rocks lining the middle. The views were beautiful from atop the canyon and lots of excitement for those daring individuals inside.

From the park website:

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.

If you are afraid of heights, there may be a few places on the trails that make you uneasy. Going through the canyon trail can be a little rough so wear comfortable, durable shoes for the moderate hike.

Entrance fees are only $6.00 per vehicle making it a great, affordable, recession-busting day trip.
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