At the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains sits Castle Rock, the most populous town in Colorado. Named after an extraordinary, castle-looking butte that seems to rule over the city, Castle Rock has gorgeous geography, luxury, and small-town vibes all wrapped into one. Many things make Castle Rock special, but keep reading to discover the seven reasons that will make you fall in love with this affluent town.
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Castle Rock is situated right between Denver and Colorado Springs. Proximity to Denver means big-city amenities, activities, and benefits just a short drive away. Some worthwhile sites to visit in the Denver area include:
Being close to Colorado Springs also puts some of the country’s best natural landmarks a short drive away. The larger-than-life Garden of the Gods
sandstone rock formations is an absolute must. You can’t forget about Pikes Peak
, also known as America’s Mountain, or Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
for incredible cave tours, rides, and attractions.
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The beauty of nature
Due to its location at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Castle Rock is characteristic of a rich environmental landscape. A combination of hilly and mountainous terrain with stunning rock, grass meadows, and lush woodlands makes Castle Rock a true natural oasis. It’s one of the area's best — and defining — features. The town knows this and prides itself in taking care of its lands, with more than 6,680 preserved acres of open space. You’ll love living embraced by the beauty of nature, surrounded by the most breathtaking views and the freshest air. With nearly 300 days of sunshine per year, you’ll frequently go outside to enjoy nature in all its glory.
An abundance of outdoor activities
With plenty of undeveloped land comes an abundance of outdoor activities. Castle Rock is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with endless adventures waiting to be experienced.
It’s no surprise Castle Rock has an incredible collection of scenic parks
. The town has more than 54 developed parks with 104 miles of trails, recreation facilities, picnic areas, open space, and plenty of nature to appreciate. Hike, bike, stroll, run, picnic, or simply relax in this natural wonderland.
You can hike to the base of the famous Castle Rock landmark at Rock Park
and enjoy unparalleled panoramic views of the town and everything that surrounds it. Philip S. Miller Park
is among the region’s most popular parks. The 300-acre park is always bursting with activity because there’s so much to do. Besides having nine miles of trails, the park includes the 200-step Challenge Hill
, an outdoor amphitheater
, The Plaza
, the Miller Activity Complex
, and the Millhouse events facility
. Philip S. Miller Park also houses EDGE Ziplines & Adventures
, an adventure park with ten thrilling ziplines, including Denver’s top-rated zipline tour, an aerial trekking course, a climbing tower, rappelling, and a ninja course.
Golfers will be happy at Castle Rock. Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course
has a 6,830-yard, 18-hole course, designed by award-winning golf course architect Jim Engh, plus excellent amenities, including a Clubhouse Grill
. There’s also the Plum Creek Golf Club
, which houses a Pete Dye-designed stadium course. Both courses offer exceptional golf, with splendid views of the nearby mountains and hills. With infinite ways to get active, it’s easy to live a fun, fit, and healthy lifestyle at Castle Rock.
Top shopping and dining
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In the case of Castle Rock, living in a small town doesn’t mean limited shopping. The Outlets at Castle Rock
is the largest open-air shopping center in Colorado, with more than 100 stores selling everything from fashion, athleisure, home goods, beauty, gifts, and more. You’ll find top brands such as Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Columbia, Lululemon, The North Face, and Nike with incredible savings over 70% off retail prices. The shopping center has been voted Colorado’s Best Outlet Shopping winner since 2015, so your shopping wants, and needs won’t be in better hands.
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The best way to end a day full of shopping is by sitting down at a fantastic restaurant. For classic American eats with global influences, Union
is the place to go and a staple at Castle Rock. The menu has innovative dishes and plenty to choose from: sandwiches, burgers, seafood, diverse appetizers, and “big plates,” including the signature double bone pork chop.
Besides having delicious food, there’s always something going on at Union, from live music concert events to weekly specials.
Sit down at La Loma
, located at the heart of downtown, to enjoy the best Mexican food in a cozy, warm, and welcoming atmosphere. You’ll want to taste everything on the menu, from the appetizers that include guacamole and chile con queso to the fajitas, tacos, burritos, and enchiladas.
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For the best gourmet burgers in town, visit Crave
. It has a variety of burger styles
, including classic, simple burgers and more adventurous, creative burgers such as the Luther Burger, which has two glazed donuts as the bun.
For fine dining, make a reservation at Danielle’s Scratch Kitchen
an upscale restaurant serving a mix of Italian and American. Some of the menu highlights include the vadouvan spiced halibut and pork Osso Bucco.
Plenty of events and entertainment
Besides recreational and outdoor activities, there is a lot to see and do around Castle Rock. Cherokee Ranch & Castle
is more than a historic 15th-century castle to sightsee and explore. It’s a thriving cultural hub with various daily events
, including teas, tastings, live music concert events, theater productions, guided hikes, princess parties, and much more. To entertain the whole family, catch a show at the iconic Theater of Dreams
, an intimate and elegant arts and events center showing renowned magicians and artists worldwide.
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are held in the vibrant downtown area of Castle Rock. For art enthusiasts, the annual Castle Rock Artfest
showcases the work of more than 180 artists from all over the country. Locals also delight in going to the Festival Park Farmers Market
, held in the warmer months. With more than 40 vendors, you’ll find a little bit of everything, including locally raised meats, fresh produce, delicious baked goods, artisan-made products, and much more.
Travel back to a 16th-century town for a unique and memorable experience at Colorado Renaissance Festival
for a time full of music, magic, tasty food, and entertainment with artisans and performers.
Unique homes to choose from
Castle Rock has a grand collection of impressive luxury homes. The best thing is that there’s something for everyone’s taste. There are plenty of architectural styles, including traditional, mountain rustic, ranch-style, modern contemporary, and even some European-style homes like this one listed by luxury real estate agent Brian and Joy McWilliams
. In some cases, you’ll find real estate that blends some styles. These homes are usually equipped with outstanding features such as epic views, expansive yards, open space, elegant fireplaces, top-notch terraces, and other state-of-the-art amenities. If you look at the property listings using Brian and Joy McWilliams’ home-search tool
, you’ll probably find your dream home in Castle Rock.
Suffice to say, Castle Rock has it all and the result is a high-quality lifestyle fit for everyone.
With plenty to do, a plethora of natural beauty, and closeness to metropolitan areas make for peaceful, comfortable living in Castle Rock, full of opportunity, adventure, and endless memories.
Are you interested in homes for sale in Castle Rock, CO?
Contact luxury real estate agent Brian and Joy McWilliams today
if you’re looking to purchase real estate in Castle Rock or the surrounding South Denver metro area. As a multi-million dollar real estate broker with a wealth of experience in many markets, Brian and Joy is the top choice to care for all your home-buying needs. With unparalleled expertise, knowledge, superior negotiating skills, and a positive attitude, Brian and Joy will delight in helping you find the home you’re looking for.