CONTACT FRIENDS

Friends of Castlewood Canyon

State Park

PO Box 403

Franktown, CO 80116

E: focwcsp@gmail.com

PARK ADDRESS

Castlewood Canyon State Park

2989 S. Highway 83

Franktown, CO 80116

T: (303) 688-5242

E: castlewood.canyon@state.co.us

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Website Designed & Created by Margaret O'Connor

ON THE HORIZON

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.

PROJECTS ON THE HORIZON

The Bridge at Lake Gulch / Inner Canyon

The convergence of the Lake Gulch and Inner Canyon trails at Castlewood Canyon 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 is comprised of 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 dangerous.  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 undergoing a campaign to raise funds for the construction of a bridge at the Lake Gulch / Inner Canyon Trail convergence.  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