Castlewood Canyon State Park

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Castlewood Canyon Natural Area)
Jump to: navigation, search
Castlewood Canyon State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Remnants of Castlewood Dam
Remnants of Castlewood Dam
Map showing the location of Castlewood Canyon State Park
Map showing the location of Castlewood Canyon State Park
Colorado
Location Douglas County, Colorado, USA
Nearest city Castle Rock, CO
Coordinates 39°19′47″N 104°44′19″W / 39.32972°N 104.73861°W / 39.32972; -104.73861Coordinates: 39°19′47″N 104°44′19″W / 39.32972°N 104.73861°W / 39.32972; -104.73861
Area 2,621 acres (10.61 km2)
Established 1964
Governing body Colorado Department of Natural Resources

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.

Recreation[edit]

This park hosts a multitude of hiking/running trails and rock climbing opportunities. Located within the northernmost extension of the Black Forest, Castle Wood Canyon encompasses 2,136 acres (9 km2) with elevations ranging from 6,200 to 6,600 feet (2,010 m). Many urban dwellers come for the picnic opportunity away from the city (group picnic facilities can be reserved), others visit the park because of the unusual geology, particularly the caprock features.

Wildlife, ecology, and geography[edit]

Among the many species living in the park are coyote, cottontail rabbit, red fox, black bear, prairie rattlesnake, mountain lion, meadow jumping mouse, golden eagle, prairie falcon, virile crayfish, Woodhouse's toad and the northern leopard frog.

Ecosystem Zones in the park are grasslands, shrublands, riparian, foothills-conifer, and caprock.

Castlewood Canyon is on the edge of the Palmer Divide, a geologically upraised area that results in more moisture falling than is normal in eastern Colorado, watering the Black Forest.

Castlewood Dam Trails

See also[edit]

References[edit]