For over 20 years, Friends of Castlewood Canyon has kept a watchful eye on this hidden gem in our community. And still, there is much to do.  The four fascinating ecosystems that comprise our Park, and the plant and wildlife that resides in each, are threatened by increasing visitation, budget constraints and a constantly changing environment. More than ever before, it is critical for Friends of Castlewood Canyon to continue in our mission to protect, preserve and promote Castlewood Canyon State Park.


The Bridge at Lake Gulch / Inner Canyon

The convergence of the Lake Gulch and Inner Canyon trails at Castlewood Canyon State Park has been the subject of lengthy discussions and debate for many years. At this location, students and hikers must cross the Cherry Creek in order to complete a picturesque two mile loop.  Since there is no bridge at this juncture, the current method of crossing requires traversing a series of boulders. Navigation of the crossing is tricky even in perfect conditions. At times of the year when the water is high, or after rains when the rocks are wet, crossing becomes even more challenging.  Ice and snow can make the conditions impassable.

A previous attempt at a cost effective natural bridge proved unsuccessful and was, unfortunately, swept away by an unusual swell in the Creek not long after it was installed.  Research into a larger, more resilient bridge has raised both environmental and fiscal challenges for the Park.  Recognizing the importance of this issue for all Park visitors, Friends of Castlewood Canyon is kicking off a campaign to raise funds to construct a bridge at the intersection of the Lake Gulch and Inner Canyon Trails.  Funds donated through this website will supplement grants and other fund raising efforts as well as augment CPW approved Park capital expenditures.  Your donation is critical to the success of this project.  Please consider donating today!

Long-term Vision

Castlewood Canyon Education Center

Historical Preservation Lucas Homestead

More to Come