Shh! Castle Rock is one of Colorado’s better-kept secrets! It’s situated between Denver and Colorado Springs, so it provides easy access to both places. But with its beautiful views, shopping, and outdoor activities, there are plenty of things to do in Castle Rock without ever leaving town!
Whether you’re looking for a unique night out, an afternoon exploring nature, or a place to run the kids ragged, we have ideas for you here in Castle Rock.
Table of Contents
- Best Things to Do in Castle Rock
- Hike to the Castle Rock
- Do Some Outlet Shopping
- Zipline at The Edge
- Cool Off At BURLY Brewing Company
- Hike at Gateway Mesa Open Space
- Experience The Magic
- Take a Hike At Spruce Mountain Open Space & Trail
- Ride At Hidden Mesa Open Space and Trail
- Visit An Actual Castle
- Get In A Round of Golf
- Visit Columbine Open Space
- Spend An Afternoon Downtown
- Get Some Java At Briccy’s Coffee
- Go Antiquing
- Philip S. Miller Park
- Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum
- Spend A Day In Denver
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Best Things to Do in Castle Rock
Hike to the Castle Rock
Yep, Castle Rock does get its name from a rock that…wait for it…looks like a castle. You can easily see the rock from the freeway while driving through town, but you can also visit Rock Park and hike to the rock. It’s a 1.5 mile hike that’s somewhat difficult, but you’ll get panoramic views of the city and the Front Range.
Do Some Outlet Shopping
📍 Address: 5050 Factory Shops Blvd #437, Castle Rock CO 80108 | Phone: (303) 688-4495 | Website | Hours: M-Sat 10 am – 8 pm; Sun 11 am – 6 pm
The Outlets at Castle Rock is the largest open-air outlet center in all of Colorado. It’s one of the first things people think of when they think of things to do in Castle Rock! It’s home to stores including Adidas, Ralph Lauren, The North Face, and many more. There’s a food court as well, so you can spend the day here.
👉 Pro Tip: Savvy shoppers can stop by Customer Service in the food court to get an Elite Savings Passbook and get extra discounts.
Zipline at The Edge
This is one of the more fun things to do in Castle Rock! Zip across ten zip lines and over 320 acres at the Edge, where you can look across the beautiful Colorado landscape. The Edge also has an adventure tower, a ninja course, and a ropes course so you can spend a gorgeous day outside!
Cool Off At BURLY Brewing Company
Grab a cold one after a day of outdoor exploring in Castle Rock at BURLY Brewing Company! They brew up a variety of hard seltzers and beers, including a sweet and spicy chili beer. The brewery also has food trucks outside each night, so you can grab some food as well.
Hike at Gateway Mesa Open Space
The Castle Rock area is home to some of the more underrated hiking trails in the Denver metro area. One of the better ones is Gateway Mesa, a Castle Rock open space area that features several hiking trails through grasslands and forests where you can get out and stretch your legs.
The open space also has cliffs to the east, where you get views of Franktown and the Cherry Creek Valley. You can see sweeping views of the Rockies, including Pikes Peak and Longs Peak. This is one of the more outdoorsy things to do in Castle Rock.
Experience The Magic
Take in an unusual show at the Theatre of Dreams, where married magician couple Carol Massie and Joe Givan showcase jugglers, circus acts, mindreaders, magic shows, and comedy acts. It’s a fun night out and one of the more unique things to do in Castle Rock!
Take a Hike At Spruce Mountain Open Space & Trail
Spruce Mountain Open Space in Douglas County has an 8.5 mile long trail that gives you great views of the mountains and the Greenland area.
It connects the Pike National Forest to the Greenland Open Space and Ranch, and it’s a great place for running, mountain biking, horseback riding, and taking to the hiking trails. You’ll travel through the forest and there are plenty of lookouts to stop and appreciate nature.
Ride At Hidden Mesa Open Space and Trail
Hidden Mesa is in Franktown, right next to Castle Rock in Douglas County, and has 4.7 miles of hiking trails (or biking trails – you decide!). Watch for deer, elk, fox, and the prairie dogs that love the Front Range.
The trails connect a meadow to a mesa, with some moderate and some challenging, so there’s something for everyone. The park also has a production-orchard and a picnic shelter for a pleasant lunch spot.
Visit An Actual Castle
Head to a real castle, not far from Castle Rock! Cherokee Castle was built in the 1920s and made to resemble a Scottish castle built in 1450. Now, visitors can tour the castle or have an elegant tea there.
You can also tour the grounds of Cherokee Ranch and learn about nature and scientific discoveries there. There are also events going on year-round that you can purchase tickets to, including nature talks and walks, concerts, parties, and more.
Get In A Round of Golf
Colorado has many fun things to do outdoors, and golf is one of them (bonus: your golf ball flies farther when you’re a mile above sea level)!
Red Hawk Ridge Golf is a beautiful course in Castle Rock with an 18-hole course, along with a clubhouse grill, and a practice facility with a putting green. You can also get a custom fitting for clubs and spend a special day here.
Visit Columbine Open Space
This Douglas County open space in Castle Rock is a former farm property, but now has hiking trails that are easy for kids and people of all hiking abilities.
The three-mile loop takes you past an old barn and rock springhouse. You may see elk, deer, and many different birds in the area as well. The trails are open to hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.
Spend An Afternoon Downtown
Downtown Castle Rock has a collection of local restaurants, shops, bars, coffee places, and more. You can have a meal and spend the afternoon wandering the area.
Be sure to stop by Festival Park in the heart of Downtown Castle Rock, where community events like concerts and farmers markets happen often. One of the best public parks in Castle Rock, it also has a splash pad for kids, fire pits, picnic pavilions, and creek access.
Get Some Java At Briccy’s Coffee
Stop in for some coffee at Briccy’s, where they use local, Colorado beans for their drinks. Along with a variety of coffee and espresso drinks, Briccy’s has Italian sodas, teas, and hot chocolate. They bake several treats in-store including cookies and brownies, and offer a variety of sandwiches as well.
The Barn is a Castle Rock store that’s actually a collection of antique, clothing, and home decor shops all housed together in one large, white barn. Get lost browsing for soaps and candles, or browse big ticket items like furniture. The Barn specializes in shabby chic, so if distressed and well-loved whitewashed pieces are your jam, this is your place.
Philip S. Miller Park
Philip Miller Park in Castle Rock has a bunch of outdoor activities – from the ten miles of trails to the giant two-acre playground (with a 40-foot long slide) for kids, to the splash pad and firepits.
The Miller Activity Complex within the park has an indoor pool and aquatic center, an 18-hole golf simulator, and a 16-bed trampoline. Philip S. Miller Park is a kid friendly place to enjoy a picnic, or host birthday parties, or just stop in for an hour or so.
Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum
The Castle Rock Museum is one of the smaller history museums in the metro area. It’s located in an old train depot, built in 1875, and you can still see the old ticket window and baggage area (with 125 years’ worth of graffiti decorating it!).
You can visit the exhibits in this small museum to learn more about the history of Castle Rock, and check out their planned events which include talks and walking tours of the area.
Spend A Day In Denver
Denver is about a 30 minute drive from Castle Rock, and you’ll find plenty of exciting things to do during a visit to Denver for a day!
Visit the Denver Art Museum or the Botanic Gardens, grab a bite to eat in Larimer Square, or head west to Red Rocks Amphitheatre for some gorgeous views.
For a real treat, considering reserving a Denver hotel for a night or two and making a staycation out of it. The RiNo and LoDo neighborhoods are filled with lots of great options, all within walking distance of many of the best attractions in Denver. Check out our complete guide to the best areas to stay in Denver for more suggestions.
Castle Rock is a beautiful community, and you’ll find things to do here that cover a variety of interests. It is, at the same time, a convenient suburban living spot, a fun outdoor playground, and a great spot for shopping at both local boutiques and brand-name stores.
What’s your favorite Castle Rock activity? Do you have a favorite that’s not on this list? Let us know in the comments below!
Also, if you’re looking to broaden your adventures beyond Castle Rock, be sure to check out our list of all the best places to go in Colorado!