Castle Rock, CO, USA

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Castle Rock, CO, USA

Castle Rock vacation rentals

A quarry town quite beautifully transformed

Adventurers and miners settled at Castle Rock in the 1700s. Now, the town offers an updated take on its Old West roots set among some of the most arresting scenery in the nation. Book a Castle Rock vacation rental in the town center for easy access to shopping and dining, but remember that the town's most impressive features are the natural ones: miles of hiking and biking trails, picturesque rocks for climbing, and the castle-shaped butte that gives the town its name. No wonder the residents have a reputation for cheerful hospitality. They have plenty to cheer about.

Outdoor enthusiasts are kings of the castle

Hikers, climbers, and cyclists have as many options as there are hours in the day, and that's no exaggeration. Try to fit 20 parks, 5,800 acres of open space, and 75 miles of trails into your trip. Many parks offer gorgeous views of the big butte, and their trails welcome visitors of all skill levels. You don't have to be an athlete to enjoy a Castle Rock vacation rental, though. With 250 sunny days each year, the town specializes in picturesque picnics. Shoppers stay busy at the open-air outlet mall or in the historic downtown's upscale boutiques.

History, hidden resources, and Hindu culture

Early settlers weren't drawn to Castle Rock's stunning landscape as much as to the gold that was rumored to lie underneath it, but the Castle Rock Museum reveals the town's true resource: rhyolite. The museum is in an 1875 railway depot, and it was built with rhyolite mined in local quarries. Head there to learn about the history of the area, then visit the Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple of Colorado, an 8-acre complex and landmark for the state's Hindu community. The temple attracts worshippers from near and far, and visiting Hindu clerics offer lectures and classes.

A Colorado desert beauty for all seasons

The semi-arid climate in Castle Rock brings cold, dry, snowy winters and hot, sunny summers. That combination, plus the beautiful mountains, parks, and the town's reputation as a great place to visit or live year-round, means that any time is a good time to stop by. Winter is beautiful, but bring layers, as temperatures can drop into the teens on January nights. Spring, summer, and fall are when hiking and climbing are best, so book your Castle Rock vacation rental early if you want to take advantage of the warmer weather.

Majestic, prowling predators and cute, furry friends

Hikers exploring the natural glory of Castle Rock might stumble upon any one of a number of local wild animals. Beavers are active along the creeks and gulches. Black bears, coyotes and even mountain lions wander the canyons. These furry fellows can be hard to spot, but if you do, keep your distance. If you can't resist communing with local creatures, though, don't despair. Bird lovers can volunteer with the local Audubon Society to help with the area's bluebird project, monitoring bird nests from April through August to preserve the bluebird population.