Castlewood Canyon State Park

Castlewood Canyon State Park near Castle Rock
Cherry Creek slices through Castlewood Canyon above Denver. | Photo by James Bailey /

Castlewood Canyon State Park
Location: Douglas County, east of Castle Rock

Castlewood Canyon, a day-use park, offers climbing, hiking and viewing the ruins of the Castlewood Dam, which burst in 1933, sending a 15-foot wall of water into Denver.

Cherry Creek flows through the park along the canyon floor, and most hiking trails, ranging from a half-mile to four miles, are open to pets on a leash.

A natural amphitheatre and a gazebo at Bridge Canyon Overlook are available for weddings or other gatherings outdoors.

Castlewood Canyon State Park office
2989 S. Colorado 83
Franktown, CO 80116
Office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Park hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., inbound gates close 7 p.m.
(303) 688-5242
Park e-mail