Castlewood Canyon’s enchanting scenery gives hikers a taste of dramatic Colorado canyon country and the meandering Cherry Creek, hidden within the Black Forest. Because the park sits between prairie and montane communities, a mixture of wildlife species frequent the park including mule deer, porcupine, and mountain lion. Ground-nesting birds, such as western meadowlark and horned lark breed in the park and raptors may be observed as well, including golden eagle, Swainson’s hawk, and red-tailed hawk. Scenic trails, wildlife viewing and environmental education programs make Castlewood Canyon the perfect place to spend a day.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado's 43 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado's economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities.