Castle Rock, about 20 minutes from Denver, is named for a rock in town that looks like a fortress. The town has plenty of open, green space and views of nearly two dozen mountain peaks and summits. The Castle Rock area also has a variety of things to do and see including festivals, parks, a castle and a wildlife museum.
Castle Rock has 19 parks as of 2011 and plans include adding more facilities. Parks include green space for playing and picnics as well as covered picnic areas, ball and tennis courts, ball fields, playgrounds, swimming pools, water slides, and paved trails for walking, hiking and biking. Specialty facilities include Rhyolite Bike Park ,which has easy, moderate and advanced mountain bike trails, and the Skate Park at Metzler Ranch Park. Just seven miles outside of town in neighboring Franktown is Castlewood Canyon State Park (parks.state.co.us). Park activities include hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and bird and wildlife watching. Castle Rock also has several golf courses with mountain views.
Held annually in July, the Castle Rock WineFest showcases the work of dozens of wineries from around Colorado, many of them family-owned. The one-day event includes a grand wine tasting of participating wineries’ products as well as wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, and food, retail, and arts and crafts vendors. In addition to regular admission tickets, which include the wine tasting, adults can purchase a designated driver ticket for non-drinkers at a reduced rate. Children get into the festival free with a paying adult.
Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock is an international art show held each September. Thousands of people attend the two-day festival, which includes nearly 200 artists, live entertainment on stage, strolling entertainment, an art store, food and beverage vendors, and a silent auction. A kid’s area called the Imagination Zone includes storytelling and art projects. Awards are given for best of show, fine arts, fine crafts and people’s choice. Children under 12 are admitted free.