Castlewood Canyon

Photography by John Ott

Castlewood Canyon State Park is a Colorado state park near Franktown, CO, just south of Parker. The park protects a unique part of Colorado's history (the Castlewood Canyon Dam).

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.

Park Hours
Castlewood Canyon is a day-use park. Current park hours are from sunrise to sunset. Sorry, there is no camping.

Inbound gates are closed one hour prior to park closure; both gates are locked, promptly, at sunset.

East Canyon Trail is closed November 1-May 1.

Due to the fragile nature of this area, the following regulations are strictly enforced:

Visitors must remain on the designated trails.
No dogs or other pets are permitted.
No climbing, traversing, or rappelling on or from rock formations. 
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