Castlewood Canyon

Geology Hike


1 ticket: $70

2 tickets: $70

3 tickets: $105

4 tickets: $140

each additional person: +$35

The hike will initially take visitors along the Canyon View Trail. Along with picturesque views of the Castlewood Canyon, the story hidden in the rocks will be told. We will discuss the uplift and creation of our modern Rockies, destructive volcanic eruptions, and Colorado as a tropical rainforest! The second part of the hike descends towards the river valley itself via the Inner Canyon Trail, where the rocks get more mysterious. At the culmination of the hike, we visit the ruins of Castlewood Dam. We learn the story of its construction, demise, and how water, rocks, and society all intertwine!

Round-trip length: 3.5 miles
Elevation gain: 400 ft
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Year-round

Bottled water and trail snacks are included.

Note: Park entry fee of $8 per car is not included.

Entry is free for annual pass holders.

Departure times: 9:00 am, 1:00 pm

Duration: approximately 3 hours

Meeting location: Castlewood Canyon State Park Visitor Center

(see map below)

Price: $35 / person

Minimum purchase is 2 tickets

(You may book a solo tour, you just need to purchase 2 tickets)

Online bookings can be made up to 24 hours in advance. For same day requests please call our office to check availability.

Hikes fill up fast in the summer, so booking in advance is highly recommended!

Castlewood Canyon Guides

Mark Leatherman
Mark holds an M.S. in geology. He teaches geology and chemistry at the college level, and also has experience in ore deposit exploration.
Please contact us with any questions:

Phone: 970-480-7047