Castlewood Canyon Explorers Day Hike

8:00am12:00pm Mountain Time
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$79 for REI Members

$99 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 1 Relaxed
  • Minimum age 12
  • Group size 8 people

One of our favorite local spots, Castlewood Canyon offers diverse Colorado wilderness, spirited hiking and lots of local history. On this mellow hike along Cherry Creek, we'll explore the unique ecological zones while keeping an eye out for the critters that call this area home. We'll end up at the historic Castlewood Canyon Dam - remnants of the dam that broke open after heavy rainfall and flooded Denver in 1933. Along the way, we'll share some hiking tips and offer insight into the region's history and ecosystem. This hike is perfect for anyone - no hiking experience required - though you'll need to feel comfortable walking on uneven terrain for about 5 miles. We love this hike, and are pretty sure you will too!

  • Learn the history and natural wonders of one of Colorado's unique destinations
  • Explore the ruins of the Castlewood Creek Dam

What to bring with you

Map image of Castle Rock: Castlewood Canyon State Park-West Entrance

More directions and information

Please note that this location has a daily state park entrance fee. Take I-25 to Castle Rock, exit 184 onto Founders Parkway eastbound. Continue to Hwy 86, go east on Hwy 86 four miles towards Franktown. Turn South onto Castlewood Canyon Road and go 2.8 miles to the Park Entrance. Park in the 2nd parking area past the entrance on the left. If you have any questions or issues, please contact us @ 877-819-3809, or