History of Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park

Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since our inception in September 1997, we have acted as a private, all volunteer partner to the Park, focusing fundraising for programs and projects that Preserve, Protect, and Promote the Park.
Land acquisition
  • Donated over $200,000 to help acquire nearly 580 acres of buffer property that protects the Park and its natural resources from encroaching development.
  • Received two prestigious awards from Colorado Parks and Wildlife in recognition of our support for land purchases. 
 Programs and Projects
  • Donated a minimum of $1,500 annually to the Park for interpretive programs, facilities, and other projects to enhance the visitor experience.
  • Funded updates to A/V equipment in the Visitor Center to lower maintenance costs and to support public programs and volunteer training.
  • Committed $25,000 to date for refurbishment of the Visitor Center.
  • Funded the Wonders Program to transport students from underserved urban schools to Castlewood for interpretative programs.
 Special Events

Created and funded special events, many of which have grown into annual events that attract numerous visitors to the Park.
  • Welcome Back Turkey Vulture Day
  • Dam Days
  • Yoga in the Park
  • Dam Run
  • Fall Festival
  • Haunted Trail
 Grant Funding
  • Secured funding from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) and Toyota to plan and construct the East Canyon Preservation Area Trail, which opened in 2008.
  • Received a grant from NEEF for a Friends website that helps with outreach and fundraising efforts.