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“a great get away for hiking - close to Denver” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Castlewood Canyon State Park

Castlewood Canyon State Park
2989 S State Hwy 83, Franktown, CO 80116
303 688 5242
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Franktown
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Denver
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76 reviews 76 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“a great get away for hiking - close to Denver”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This park, close to Denver has excellent day hikes, great picnic spots, pretty views and not too crowded. Visit during the week for lower crowds. The spring flowers are very nice, the fall color can be good. Bird watching is awesome.

Visited October 2012
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Great place for a hike or picnic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

This is truly a hidden treasure south of the Denver area. Driving by, you would never even have a clue what's here. The facilities are first class, and there are a number of nice trials offering great views of the area.

Visited September 2012
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Indian Hills, Colorado
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“See The Snake Feeding!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

No, this is not an editorial for some old fashioned tourist trap. Every Sunday at 1:30p.m. Mountain time; a ranger feeds the resident bull snakes. Recently, the crowds for this event have caused the ranger to move the feeding to the park's auditorium. I won't dilvuge the details, you gotta see this.
Hiking around the rim and visitor's center is very easy, and very senic. Paved access trails make a leisurly circle. Wheelchairs and strollers are no problem on the well maintained trails.
There are many picnic tables along the trails. The shady tables make for a very pleasant outdoor lunch. Never do they seem crowded.
The lower canyon contains the remains of the broken Castlewood Canyon Dam. A DVD Video at the visitor's center tells the story of the dam break; and resulting flood of Denver. It is a rugged hike to the dam from the lower canyon. If you ignore the "turn around here" sign; you can drive to the dam for views. There is no parking at the dam site. Continue south on the county road for a good view of the inner dam face. It is smooth; and shines in the sun when the light is right. Continue on the county road. It eventually loops back to Castle Rock, Colorado.

Visited September 2012
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Franktown, Colorado, United States
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“Its a hidden treasure,”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

I live less than 2 miles from this beautiful park. I was also a ranger here in the mid 80s,you repel,climb the west faces on the north side of the park,horses welcome a lot of history.Used to be an Indian Reservation,anything found cannot be removed!

Visited August 2012
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centennial
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great Close To City Hiking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

You don't have to drive to the mountains to have a nice hike. The park is great. Kids love the little creek at the bottom of the canyon. Bring a backpack lunch and spend the day. Get a map before you go to determine what side you want to go in at.

Visited August 2012
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