Location: Douglas County, at Castlewood Canyon State ParkSize: 2170 acres Designated: 1994Landowner: Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Castlewood Canyon marks the descent of Cherry Creek from the north rim of the Palmer Divide. This natural area supports one of the best remnants of northern Black Forest plant communities, including unlogged forests of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir, Gambel oak thickets, and grasslands of mixed prairie and foothills species. Several plant species of special concern have been found within the park boundaries, including Woodsia Mexicana (Mexican woodfern), Asplenium septentrionale (grass-fern), and Smilax lasioneuron (carrion-flower). An unusual dryland heron rookery and a turkey vulture roosting site are among the zoologic features of the park.
Colorado State Parks & Natural Areas by Frank WestonPublished September 1, 2008Click here to purchase.