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8 Must-try Hiking and Biking Trails In and Around Castle Rock, Co

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Castle Rock and the surrounding areas are a great place to go hiking. Here are some trails and open spaces to explore.

  1. Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space
    1753 Tomah Rd
    Castle Rock, CO

    At five miles, the loop trail in Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space meanders through forested areas and open meadows. The trail is situated on undulating terrain and allows for both hiking and biking. Hikers and joggers are treated to a gorgeous view of the Front Range Mountains.

    The area is home to elk, mountain lions, bears, and other wildlife, so keep an eye out for these animals during your trip.

    There are bridle paths with about 60 horse jumps, making it the perfect spot to go horseback riding. There are also ADA-accessible paths to the picnic areas that overlook the trails.

    There’s ample parking for cars and limited parking for horse trailers.

  2. Daniel’s Gate Park
    8682 N Daniels Park Rd
    Castle Pines, CO

    Opened to the public in 2001, this two-acre park provides recreational opportunities for visitors of all ages. Here you’ll find a grass playing field where you can enjoy a game of soccer, football, lacrosse, and volleyball. There’s also a playground with toddler and infant swings.

    The shaded gazebo is perfect for those want to sit down and just admire the scenery.

  3. Castle Rock Trail
    1064 Front St
    Castle Rock, CO

    This 1.4-mile loop has moderate traffic and is surrounded by wildflowers. The trail goes all the way up to the base of Castle Rock. The best time to visit is from March to October. The trail offers plenty of activity options like hiking and biking and can accommodate hikers of all skills levels. Dogs are allowed on the trail provided that they’re kept on a leash.

  4. Plum Creek Trail
    3517 Mt Royal Dr
    Castle Rock, CO

    Here you’ll find a series of paved trails that weave through a valley and along scenic Plum Creek, providing ample opportunity for hiking, jogging, and biking. At 5.3 miles, the trail is easy to navigate. Teeming with wildlife and lush vegetation, it offers a tranquil setting where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

  5. East Plum Creek Nature Trail
    734-970 Meadows Pkwy
    Castle Rock, CO

    At six miles, the paved trail winds along Plum Creek. It meanders through developed areas, as well as wetlands and open areas populated by pines and cottonwoods. It’s a great spot to go hiking and picture taking on a quiet afternoon. Guests usually take anywhere from 30 minutes to four hours to complete the trail. Dogs are allowed provided that they’re on a leash.

    The trail also functions as a commuter trail, providing access to Downtown Castle Rock, The Meadows, Castlewood Ranch, and Founders Village.

  6. Rock Park
    1710 Front St
    Castle Rock, CO

    Rock Park is a popular hiking spot with picnic pavilions and portable restrooms. Guests can enjoy a quick hike to the summit, where they can enjoy sweeping views of Castle Rock below. The trail is also dog-friendly, and it’s not uncommon to see a few visitors walking their dogs in the area.

    The picnic pavilions may be rented on a first come, first served basis. Visitors are allowed to bring in gas grills.

  7. Ridgeline Open Space Trail
    2525 Coachline Rd
    Castle Rock, CO

    This 13.4 –mile loop is surrounded by wildflowers and is rated as moderate, making it an excellent choice for hikers of all skill levels. Its trails meander through the scenic ridgelines and valleys of Ridgeline Open Space, a sprawling 367-acre property.

    Spend a peaceful Sunday morning hiking through the area and keep an eye out for the bluebirds and rattlesnakes that call this place home.

  8. Quarry Mesa Open Space
    1701 Crystal Valley Pkwy
    Castle Rock, CO

    At 133 acres, this open space area features Madge Trail, a 3.4-mile trail that connects to Rhyolite Regional Park. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and Douglas County from the peak of the grassland mesa. The trail is rated as moderate. Visitors will find parking space and restrooms at the main trailhead.