Castle Rock is named for its iconic castle shaped rock, perched above downtown. There are plenty of restaurants and some small shops downtown. It’s located on I-25, south of Denver, well before Colorado Springs.
For dining try Castle Cafe, a former hotel and bar, now known for its family style dishes including its pan-fried chicken dinner. For modern Italian, check out Uniscali.
Castlewood Canyon State Park – Cherry Creek cut this ten mile sandstone canyon, a dramatic sightseeing attraction. It’s fifteen minutes from town in Franktown.
Outlets at Castle Rock – Shopping bargains on brand-name merchandise at over 130 stores.
- The Ridge at Castle Pines North and The Golf Club at Bear Dance are both consistently rated among the top courses in the nation.
- Red Hawk Ridge is a newer public course with exceptional butte and mountain views.
- The best hiking is at nearby Castlewood Canyon State Park. Trails of all types can be found, including those allowing pets.
- A fun, short hike is up to the “Castle Rock” above town. The trail leads to the top.
Castle Rock WineFest – Held in July, features a week of wine-paired dinners and live jazz leading up to the Grand Tasting on Saturday with more than 25 Colorado wineries.
Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock – Held the weekend after Labor Day and Castle Rock’s largest festival.
Things to do near Castle Rock
- Castlewood Canyon (12mi)