A beautiful trail that takes you along the upper rim of Castlewood Canyon.

The West Side of Castlewood Canyon is the more "rugged" side of the park, it has a dirt road, gravel parking lots, and only vault toilets. Luckily, this also means this is a less popular side of the park, making for less crowded trails and easier parking! 

Park at the first trailhead, for the Homestead Trail. You follow the Homestead Trail (J) until you meet up with the Rim Rock Trail (M). You'll cross a small footbridge and then begin working your way up to the rim of the canyon. It gets a little steep at times, but for the most part it's a series of gradual switchbacks taking you upwards. Once you reach the top you'll be greeted with sweeping views of the park. Pay close attention because you might see a hawk or eagle playing in the wind.

The trail continues along the rim for just over a mile. There are cairns marking the trail where it gets confusing to follow, but it's typically pretty straightforward. You can turn around at any point, but the trail officially ends when you see the signs for Dam Trail. 

There's no shade on this trail, so be sure to bring water and sunscreen.

Dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash! 

Pack List

  • Castlewood Canyon State Park entrance fee ($7)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
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RT Distance 4.98 Miles
Activities Running, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

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