Castlewood Canyon

Fact Sheet

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C O L O R A D O P A R K S & W I L D L I F E Castlewood Canyon State Park FACT SHEET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 Who we are Castlewood Canyon State Park offers a beautiful natural setting with hiking, picnicking, rock climbing, sightseeing and nature study. Visitors enjoy spectacular panoramic views that stretch more than 100 miles along the Colorado Front Range. Designated as a Colorado Natural Area, the park preserves 2,634 acres of the ecologically unique Black Forest Region, including a number of rare and endangered plant species. Trails lead to historical landmarks such as the Castlewood Dam and the Lucas Homestead. Visitors to Castlewood Canyon State Park spend about $1.5 million annually at local businesses.1 Top attractions • • • • Several popular bouldering and rock climbing areas Popular destinations for weddings and other special events, including The Bridge Canyon Overlook and Pike’s Peak Amphitheater A wide array of volunteer-led public programs One of Colorado’s summer roosting sites of the turkey vulture. Birders often report sightings of rare or unexpected bird species at the park Our partners • • • • The Friends of Castlewood Canyon Castlewood Canyon State Park Volunteers Douglas County Parks and Open Space Douglas County • • • • Strong population growth along the Front Range is driving ever-increasing visitation, and this is predicted to continue past 2050. Managing this increase through public education, preventative maintenance and best stewardship practices will be critical for the park’s natural resource integrity and availability for future generations to enjoy. Community outreach is important for park success. The park will continue strong relationships with park visitors, park volunteers and the Friends of Castlewood Canyon. Ensuring natural resource health projects, including fuel mitigation, noxious weed resource management and white nose fungus, are funded and completed through coordinated efforts between park staff, Denver office staff, Colorado State Forest Service staff and volunteers. With over 90% of park visitors using our trails, the park continues to work with volunteers and youth corps groups to keep 13 miles of trails safe and enjoyable. Volunteer activities • Volunteers and community groups help with most trail maintenance projects. Last year, the park welcomed work crews from TEENS, Inc., the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado to improve the sustainability of our trail system. • Three dozen volunteers received their “48 hour pass.” (10 of the volunteers donated over 100 hours and 2 of them donated over 300 hours.) 1Source: Corona Research, Colorado State Parks Marketing Assessment, “Visitor Spending Analysis 2008-2009” (adjusted for inflation). COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 cpw.state.co.us KEN PAPALEO//HIGH COUNTRY COLORING/CPW Challenges we face 2989 South State Highway 83, Franktown, CO, 80116-8612 (303) 688-5242 • Email: castlewood.canyon@state.co.us Park Manager: Brent Lounsbury As of June 30, 2017 Manager’s Message Walden Fort Collins Craig Hayden Steamboat Springs Sterling Estes Loveland Park Greeley Oak Creek Fort Brush Morgan Meeker Kremmling Wray Brighton Denver Golden Avon Vail Rifle Frisco Glenwood Springs Castlewood Canyon Breckenridge Collbran Fruita Aspen Leadville Castle Rock Limon Burlington Fairplay Grand Junction Delta Paonia Hotchkiss Buena Vista Crawford Colorado Springs Kit Carson Cripple Creek Olathe Gunnison Montrose Salida Canon City Pueblo Ridgway Ouray Lamar La Junta Dove Creek Walsenburg Monte Vista Dolores Cortez Mancos Durango Alamosa La Veta Springfield Pagosa Springs Trinidad COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 cpw.state.co.us VIC SCHENDEL/CPW Castlewood Canyon State Park’s rich natural landscape and diverse wildlife habitats, along with its proximity to the burgeoning greater Denver metro area, make it a unique and precious place. It is a sanctuary for raptors, deer and elk, as well as for the quiet renewal of the human spirit. This value is reflected in our strong and increasing visitation, the ongoing commitments of our volunteers and partners and the dedication of our staff. It is essential that all these stakeholders work together for the future, long-term sustainability of Castlewood Canyon as a space for people and nature to coexist. Employees Trails Geography Permanent: 4 Total: 12.9 miles Region: Northeast Temporary: 6 Total Operating: 13 County: Douglas Volunteers: 517 Year Acquired: 1979 Volunteer Hours: 9,306 Roads Elevation: 6,300 ft Paved: 2 miles Miles From Denver: 30 Annual Visitation 168,775 Recreation Acreage Ranger/Nature Programs Total Acres: 2,585 Facilities Rock Climbing Group Picnic Area Wildlife/Bird Viewing Governmental th 55 Picnic Sites US Cong Dist: 4 th Visitor Center CO Senate: 4 th CO House: 39 VIC SCHENDEL/CPW Castlewood Canyon State Park

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