A beautiful trail that follows Cherry Creek as it meanders through Castlewood Canyon State Park.

The West Side of Castlewood Canyon is the more "rugged" side of the park, it has a dirt road, gravel parking lots, and only vault toilets. Luckily, this also means this is a less popular side of the park, making for less crowded trails and easier parking! 

Park at the first trailhead, for the Homestead Trail. You'll follow the Homestead Trail (J) until you meet up with the Creek Bottom Trail (G). The trail is mostly covered with oak trees and has gentle grades the entire way. Towards the end of the trail, you'll see a cascading waterfall on your left side.

When you reach the Dam Trail, the trail is officially over, but you should take some time to explore the historic dam ruins. This dam was built in 1890 and collapsed in 1933. The collapse released over a billion gallons of water that travelled over 40 miles of surrounding wilderness before eventually flooding Denver. 

Dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash! 

Pack List

  • Castlewood Canyon State Park entrance fee ($7)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
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RT Distance 4.1 Miles
Activities Running, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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