A sunny, stunning, geological wonder enveloped in art and intrigue
This still-growing and booming town, conveniently located between Denver and Colorado Springs, has much to offer. This gorgeous suburb gets its namesake from its incredible butte — the stunning geological wonder in the center of town. The land here has a vibrant, rich history. Originally, this was Arapaho and Cheyenne territory; however, the prospect of gold, like much of the area, ushered in a new era.
This stunning city has incredible views of Pikes Peak, Mount Evans, Devil's Head, and Dawson Butte. From sprawling meadows to an abundance of flora and fauna, the area holds an incredible amount of unique wildlife and beauty. Almost 30% of the area is made of parks and open natural spaces to enjoy. However, don't let the abundance of natural beauty fool you — downtown Castle Rock is home to premier nightlife, shopping, and dining.
Castle Rock has many families and young professionals and is a very active community. Having Castle Rock real estate provides excellent commute times in either direction for work or play and plenty of leg room for its home-owning residents. Hiking and mountain biking are popular past-times. Castle Rock’s 75 miles of trails, both soft and paved, are a testament to that. Art also plays a crucial part in the fabric of Castle Rock. No matter where you go, you’ll discover incredible pieces of artwork throughout the neighborhood. The town boasts a strong sense of community and hosts an array of public events, including Animals Around the Rock, their fantastic Festival Park Farmers’ Market, and First Fridays.
There is an abundance of locally owned restaurants and boutiques to enjoy in Castle Rock. Rockyard Brewing Company’s family-owned brewery has been a local favorite since 1999. Their famous brews are loved by beer enthusiasts and have won many awards over the years. If you’re looking for cuisine, check out their expansive menu of classic American fare perfect for pairing with a drink. Angie’s Restaurant is another staple boasting “50 delicious years” of family and community. This family-owned business serves fantastic Italian and Mexican specialties.
In the heart of downtown Castle Rock sits the city's only fine arts gallery and gift shop, The Rhyolite. Inside you'll find everything from sculptures and photography to fresh honey and homemade soap. This gallery is artist-run and focuses on highlighting local art of all kinds. Whether you’re looking for paintings and sculptures or artisan goods like homemade candles and jewelry, you’ll be sure to find them at the Rhyolite.
For high-quality coffee, drop by Briccy’s Coffee Inc. Briccy’s boasts fresh, decadent coffee created from local beans. Expect to feel like family and leave with a smile.
One place worth stopping is the Ecclesia Market. This eclectic dining, drinking, and shopping experience is one of a kind. Sinners and Saints, a craft cocktail bar within the market, boasts games, food, and drink. The Sinner, The Saint, and The 12 Disciples are just a few of their must-try signature craft cocktails.
On the topic of marvels, The Theatre of Dreams Arts and Event Center is another Castle Rock wonder that offers high-quality entertainment. The Theatre of Dreams is one of only a few venues of its kind. This outstanding venue hosts world-class magicians, mind readers, ventriloquists, and more. Entertainment is an understatement.
Looking for a bit of fresh air? Behold the namesake of the town from its very own base. Rock Park holds the beautiful Castle Rock itself. The single-track trail leads you right up to this incredible formation and offers incredible views of the butte, Castle Rock, and Pikes Peak. Afterward, stop at one of the park’s many covered pavilions or picnic areas for lunch.
Artists from all over the country flock to this sunny city for Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock. This juried art display is an end-of-summer highlight for art enthusiasts. With nearly 200 exhibitions, there are countless opportunities for appreciating and purchasing art of all kinds. As you peruse the displays, be sure to enjoy the event’s other amenities, including live entertainment and culinary demonstrations. This all-ages event is sure to close out your summer with a bang.
Douglas County Schools serve the families of Castle Rock.
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