Castlewood Canyon State Park is one of our favorite places to visit. Less than an hour from downtown Denver, Castlewood Canyon allows you to escape the city without having to drive for hours to do it. While you initially feel like you driving out into the plains, the canyon’s distinctive rock formations suddenly seem to spring out of the ground.
The hiking trails range in distance from 1/2 mile to 4 miles in length. While there are some steep sections, they are relatively short. Depending on when you visit, the views can vary. In the Spring, Cherry Creek can be running very high. However, in the fall when I took these photos, it’s quite dry.
Regardless of the time of year, the kids liked throwing rocks into the creek or watching leaves float downstream. Check out the visitors center where you can watch a video about when the Castlewood Damn failed in 1933. It really transports you back in time.