Castle Rock, CO
Nestled 30 miles south of Denver and 40 miles north of Colorado Springs, the city of Castle Rock lies in the heart of Colorado. The city’s namesake is a large, fortress-looking rock formation perched high upon a hill near the center of town.
Golfers discover no shortage of fairways in Castle Rock, with many outstanding courses nearby. Red Hawk Ridge features an 18-hole, par-72 course designed by James Engh with sprawling bluegrass fairways and bent grass greens. Another great golf destination in Castle Rock, The Ridge at Castle Pines, is an 18-hole, par-71 course located 8 miles north of town.
For those ready to make the short journey north to Denver, Bear Dance was voted #1 Public Course by Avid Golfer Magazine in 2006 and the Best Public Front Range Course by Colorado Golf magazine in 2005. The stunning 18-hole, par-72 course boasts no contiguous fairways, providing guests with the ultimate peaceful experience.
Shoppers visiting Castle Rock browse among specialty and boutique stores downtown like The Barn, a hotspot for antiques. Also downtown, The Mountain Man Nut and Fruit Co. is a great place to pick up delicious munchies and gifts like Wild Huckleberry Merlot Wine Truffles. The Outlets at Castle Rock are a leading destination for bargain hunters and designer divas. The open-air complex, Colorado’s largest outlet center, hosts name brands like Guess, Kenneth Cole, Levi’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Thrill seekers and nature enthusiasts get up-close and personal with the surrounding terrain by visiting Castle Rock parks like Castlewood Canyon State Park. Located just 12 miles east of the city, Castlewood Canyon offers hiking trails for all experience levels, including the scenic and challenging Rimrock Trail. Climbers scurry up the face of the canyon and scale walls up to 60 feet. Be sure to check for closures, as the park restricts climbing during raptor nesting times.
After an activity-packed day, travelers dine at the elegant and unique Old Stone Church Restaurant on Third Street. As the name implies, the restaurant is housed in a stone church (the first church in Castle Rock), originally built in 1888. The restaurant’s menu is replete with delectable creations from Chef Jeff Richard, like the coffee-ancho rubbed Java Salmon.
Events in Castle Rock are varied and vibrant. Wine enthusiasts visiting Castle Rock in the summer delight in tastings from over two dozen of the best regional wineries at The Grange in the Meadows. In the autumn, Castle Rock hosts the annual Colorado Artfest, with over 150 artists and live entertainment. Winter tourists catch the holiday spirit at the Castle Rock Starlighting Ceremony in late November where Santa and his reindeer make an annual appearance.
For a night on the town anytime of year, the Cherokee Ranch and Castle is located 10 miles northwest of Castle Rock and is well worth the short journey. The 1450s Scottish-style castle is perched atop 3,100 acres with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains. The castle hosts concerts and performances throughout the year and is available for tours.