Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown

#49 of 245 in Nature in Colorado
Castlewood Canyon State Park is a Colorado state park near Franktown, Colorado. The park retains a unique part of Colorado's history, the remains of Castlewood Canyon Dam. Visitors can still see the remnants and damage from that dam which burst in 1933. The event sent a 15-foot (5 m) wave of water all the way to downtown Denver resulting in a flood. Also contained within the park is the historic Cherry Creek Bridge.
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  • What’s surprise a beautiful canyon after driving for miles over flat terrain. Beautiful hiking trails. Very photogenic. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • We've been visiting here for decades. The hiking is great all year long. Both entrances have lovely walks and hikes. There are ruins and views and lovely spots to cool off in the creek.  more »
  • I go here quite often to climb and hike. It's a great place. Many of their trails are paved or very well developed. The conservation area and trail are one of the best places in the park. It's a harder trail, probably around medium difficulty. When I was there I enjoyed trying to figure out all the animals and insects I saw in the streams. It's a great place to go. And it's only $7 to get in if k remember correctly.
  • The canyon descends into a Jurassic Park of smooth conglomerate rocks and colorful crawdads swimming in Cherry Creek. The lush green foliage contrast with reddish Rocky cliffs with gallant birds singing in the breeze. Nice benches and picnic tables can be found in the canyon. On the rim is clean bathrooms, fresh water and a great place for picnics. A visitor center at the entrance talks about the Great Cherry Creek Dam exploding under pressure that would send a 120 foot wall of water toward Denver almost 100 years ago! A word of caution, the rock formations are extremely smooth. With or without water they are very slippery.

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