Castlewood Canyon State Park is a Colorado state park near
Franktown, Colorado. The park protects a unique part of
Colorado's history (the Castlewood Canyon Dam). Visitors can
still see the remnants and damage from that dam which burst in
1933. The event sent a 15-foot wave of water all the way to
downtown Denver resulting in a flood. Also contained with the park
is the historic Cherry Creek Bridge.
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 with elevations ranging from 6,200 to 6,600 feet.
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
Wildlife, Ecology, and Geography
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 and waters the Black Forest.