Friends of Castlewood Canyon

State Park

PO Box 403

Franktown, CO 80116



Castlewood Canyon State Park

2989 S. Highway 83

Franktown, CO 80116

T: (303) 688-5242


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Website Designed & Created by Margaret O'Connor


Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization led by a Board of Directors. While our Board members come from various backgrounds with a variety of interests and skills, each member is committed to our mission of protecting, preserving and promoting Castlewood Canyon State Park, its history and its resources. All of our Board members are active in fundraising events for the Park.  Although it is not a requirement for Board participation, most are also registered CPW volunteers, donating their time to Park operations and events as well as activities of FoCCSP.


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Founding President 1997 - 2002

I was the incorporating and founding president of Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park. Why? To preserve, protect and promote the Park, which at the time was in immediate danger of being area-limited and boxed in by land developers. We needed a buffer zone around the Park! Colorado State Parks (before the CPW merger) was motivated but had neither the staff nor the resources to make timely acquisition of threatened properties a reality and they needed help.  Thus, the genesis of Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park, as an autonomous organization, to help lead the charge, form coalitions, raise funds, lobby state/local politicians and energize the local population.  What we started then still goes on today and continues to grow.  Come join us.

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Dale has been a volunteer at the Park since 1995 and is a founding member of FoCCSP. He served as secretary from 2005 - 2016 and was elected president in August 2016. Dale is a knowledgeable Park Ambassador and enjoys interacting with Park visitors.  He is a mentor to other Board members and assists in the planning of many Friends events, including the annual Dam Run.

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A volunteer since 2009, and a Friends board member since 2012, Liz's contribution to the Park is significant. She manages the money as well as the native garden, writes grants, organizes weed warriors, prepares naturalist training material and, most recently is involved with the leave no trace program and interpretive sign project.

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One of the longest serving volunteers at the Park, Sharon began volunteering in 1995 and is a founding member of FoCCSP.  She has been a board member since 2004. Sharon is an experienced Park Ambassador, enjoys leading group hikes, and is a regular contributor to our newsletter, Voice of the Canyon.


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Vice President

Travis began contributing to the Park in 2016, as a seasonal maintenance technician. Today, he is VP of the Friends Board, co-Dam Run Director and your friendly flapjack flipper at the Dam Run event. He's also known for getting a few good screams out of visitors of the Canyon's Haunted Trail.


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Jeannette has been volunteering at the Park since 2013. In addition to her treasurer responsibilities, she enjoys bluebird monitoring and is a knowledgeable Park Ambassador at the West Gate and nearly all FoCCSP events. Jeannette's also your best friend at the end of the hot chocolate line after the Haunted Trail event.


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Member at Large

Chris volunteers his time at several community organizations and we are fortunate to have him at Castlewood. He is a regular at most FoCCSP events and one of our newest board members. Chris is also an attendant and Park Ambassador at both the main entrance and the west gate and a proud member of the Wildcat Canyon HOA.


Volunteering at the Park since 2011, and a FoCCSP board member from 2012 to 2019, Pat was an irreplaceable resource. She managed FoCCSP merchandise sales, organized concerts in the Park and turkey vulture day activities, and is famous for her role as Margaret Lucas, matron of the Lucas Homestead.

We miss you dearly,Pat.