Welcome to Castle Rock
A picturesque small town with a close-knit community
On the butte above Castle Rock, a giant star is lit every year as a signal of hope and togetherness. This annual tradition, which dates back to the Great Depression, is just one example of the charming and tight-knit community in this picturesque Colorado town. It’s known for its sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains and its charming main street.
Castle Rock was settled during the gold rush and named for the prominent rock that overlooks the town. At first, it was just miners settling the area, but when the train depot was built, it brought with it a way to support dairy farming, ranching, and other agriculture in addition to the mines.
Castle Rock has grown from a sleepy community into a town bursting with energy and new residents. Because of that growth, there have been new constructions built throughout the community. From condos near downtown to gorgeous single-family homes along more residential streets. It’s a buzzing market with something for all lifestyles.
What to Love
- Picturesque downtown streets full of local shops
- A tight-knit community with a full calendar of programs and events
- Festivals and art abound in the area
- Beautiful views of the mountains and easy access to outdoor activities
Life in Castle Rock is full of community events, youth programs, and festivals. It’s the type of town where you run into people you know, and the type of community where families stay for generations. It’s family-friendly, and it’s been growing rapidly over the past years and with the influx of entertainment venues and festivals, it’s exciting for residents of all ages.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Downtown Castle Rock is a charming corner of the town, and it’s full of locally-owned restaurants that are focused on building community and bringing quality to residents.
La Loma is a family-owned Mexican restaurant that has been a staple of the Denver dining scene for decades. Order a pitcher of hand-squeezed margaritas for the table as you browse the menu full of authentic Mexican dishes. Modern, cutting-edge cuisine meets laid-back dining at Union American Bistro. Sit at the community table or at the bar and enjoy a meal with Castle Rock locals.
A Line Boutique is a high-end boutique with personal styling services beloved by Castle Rock residents. Shoppers come from across the state to visit the Outlets at Castle Rock. With the best brands, from Levi’s to Nike and Vera Bradley to Ann Taylor, the outlets have the best shopping at incredible prices.
Things to Do
Despite its small-town feel, big things happen every year in this charming community. In parks and on quaint streets across the town, well-known events bring visitors from across the state.
Every winter, the small seasonal ice skating rink, The Rink at the Rock, brings joy and holiday fun to residents. Phillip S Miller Park is a destination for locals and visitors alike. It has a 200 step challenge giving panoramic views of Castle Rock and neighboring communities from the top. It’s also home to the Miller Activity Complex, an amphitheater, and an adventure playground with ziplines and obstacle courses.
Festival Park is a beautiful green space in the heart of downtown, with several trails providing access to walk along the creek. It also plays host to many of the community’s events, such as First Fridays, the Farmers Market, and the Western Heritage Welcome. Wilcox Square in Downtown Castle Rock features many events for Castle Rock including the Classic Rock Cruise-In Car Show and Oktoberfest. Other well-known events that happen in the community are Castle Rock Wine Fest and Colorado Artfest.