Rimrock Trail at Castlewood Canyon State Park
Updated on March 2, 2012 by Mary Norton
Trail Length2.14 Miles one way (make a 4 mile loop by combining Rimrock Trail with Creek Bottom Trail)
This trail offers wonderful views of the canyon as well as the surrounding mountains and rolling hills of Parker and Franktown. To access the trailhead, enter at the west entry of Castlewood Canyon State Park and park at the first parking lot (the Lucas Homestead Historic site).
Take the Rimrock Trail (M). The trail begins with a gradual descend down to the canyon floor and across Cherry Creek then makes a gradual climb up the side of the canyon.
During the fall, the colors of the scrub oak and leaf trees are spectacular! There are beautiful views overlooking the canyon and all along the trail from the trailhead. It’s a pleasant hike with areas of scattered shade.
The trail leads to the Dam Ruins Historic Site; either return by the same trail (M) or hook up to the Creek Bottom Trail (G) which will take you back to the parking lot by way of the creek rather than the top of the canyon walls. Grab a map at the trailhead to guide you.
DirectionsClick map. (Note: Castlewood Canyon State Park has an east entrance and a west entrance that are not connected by road through the park; use west entrance for this hike.
AttractionsDowntown Castle Rock offers several small-town eateries including Mexican food, American Bistro, Pizzerias, Sienna Grill, BozDog Coffee and many others. The downtown area is small enough that you can explore for a few minutes to discover where and what you want to eat. Great after spending time hiking in Castlewood Canyon's trails.
About Mary Norton, Contributor of this Hike
Mary grew up here, so she knows all the best places to go! With a family of 6 children and no lack of enthusiasm for the outdoors, Mary is well qualified to give you tips and hike spots that will challenge you as well as delight your whole family. Whether you have kids, dogs, or are just looking to enjoy nature by yourself, Mary will show you where to go to find what you are looking for.