Welcome to Castle Rock
Tranquil enclave surrounded by scenic mountain landscape
Castle Rock is a tranquil oasis situated just south of Denver. Its central location offers easy access to the area’s most serene open spaces, as well as the amenities and cultural attractions of downtown Denver.
The neighborhood’s history can be traced back to a train depot, which linked the community to the Denver and Rio Grande Railway. The depot’s main function was unloading supplies for ranchers and shipping rhyolite stone from the three local quarries, as well as cheese from the dairy farms in the surrounding area. The depot is now home to the Castle Rock Historical Museum
on Elbert Street, where visitors can relive the nearly 140 years since the town's inception.
Locally quarried rhyolite stone is incorporated into many of the district’s earliest buildings. Today, residents are careful to retain the area’s historic charm and quaint character, and rhyolite remains a material of choice for decorative rock work, reflecting the town’s rich history and adding to its distinct character.
The town’s identity stems not only from the namesake rock but also from the scenic natural landscape that surrounds the area. Castle Rock boasts nearly 90 miles of trails, 50 immaculate parks, and more than 6,000 acres of open space.
Homes here range from 100-plus-year-old estates to newly built residences offered in myriad styles and locations.
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What to Love
• The impressive trail system, parks, and open spaces
• Charming downtown with shopping and dining
• Community-oriented environment and family-friendly activities
• Rich history
There’s no shortage of entertainment options and community activities and events in this tight-knit town. Many street festivals are hosted in the historic downtown, known as the heart of Castle Rock, which also boasts unique shops and dining destinations.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Locals love Siena at the Courtyard
, which offers an eclectic menu of seasonal Italian fare, including brick-oven pizza, steak, seafood, and pasta. For Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine in a cozy upscale setting, head to La Loma
. Union Bistro
features a menu of American-inspired classics with a global twist.
Historic Downtown Castle Rock
is an important piece of the community’s heritage. Three of the downtown buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places; one was originally a railroad depot and another a hotel. Those structures are now home to the Historical Museum and one of downtown’s longest-serving restaurants, Castle Café
. For more food, drink, and entertainment while downtown, head to Ecclesia Market
, Douglas County’s first collective of premier artisanal foods, craft cocktails, and amusement.
Check items off your shopping list at the Outlets at Castle Rock
, or stock up on all your hunting and camping needs at Murdoch’s
. Rampart Feed
has everything you need for your pets and livestock, including natural and holistic food.
Things to Do
You’ll have no trouble filling your calendar with family-friendly activities throughout the year in Castle Rock. There are a plethora of events hosted in and around the community, including the Castle Rock Starlighting
festival and Castle Rock ArtFest
. Situated in the heart of downtown, Festival Park
plays host to community events like First Fridays and the Western Heritage Welcome. The park also features a large pavilion, two fire pits, a splash pad, and a picnic area. Stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, and other products from local farmers, ranchers, and bakers at the farmers market
, held each weekend from June through October.
The Douglas County Rodeo
, held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds
, is a cherished tradition among Denverites and features a livestock sale, creative arts competition, live entertainment, and more. Another time-honored tradition is the Colorado Renaissance Festival
, where visitors are transported to a medieval kingdom filled with jousting, cold mead, and old-fashioned festival food.
Find your next adrenaline rush at The Edge Ziplines & Adventures
, located on the edge of Philip S. Miller Park. The park offers a broad range of outdoor activities, including climbing, exhilarating jumping, and aerial trekking, among other adventures.
For a challenging hike surrounded by stunning views, head to Rock Park
. Here, you’ll break a sweat while discovering panoramic views of downtown Castle Rock, the Interstate 25 corridor, Pikes Peak, and the Front Range. The fun continues even throughout the winter at the Parker Fieldhouse
, which offers an indoor climbing wall, batting tunnels, gym, sports turf, and more.
Castle Rock is home to the Douglas County School District — one of the top school districts in the nation. Additionally, there are several wonderful private schools within commuting distance. Top educational opportunities include:
• Castle Rock Elementary School, PK-6
• Rock Ridge Elementary School, PK-6
• South Ridge Elementary School, PK-6
• Castle Rock Middle School, 7-8
• Mesa Middle School, 7-8
• Douglas County High School, 9-12
• Castle View High School, 9-12
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