The Unrivaled Canyon Hike Near Denver Everyone Should Take At Least Once

Castlewood Canyon State Park, just an hour south of Denver, offers dozens of hiking trails above and through a hidden canyon carved out years ago by the Cherry Creek, which flows along its canyon floor. The 2,634-acre park is also home to an old homestead, numerous scenic overlooks, a natural amphitheater, and the historic Castlewood Canyon Dam. This unique state park not only boasts the best canyon hike near Denver, but it’s also home to a little slice of Colorado history. Hike anywhere from a quarter of a mile to twelve miles and enjoy the immense environmental diversity that Castlewood Canyon has to offer.

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Another spectacular yet underrated park near Denver is the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Have you been?