Colorado Front Range Trail
Thanks to everyone who attended the ribbon-cutting and 5K for the grand opening celebration of the Colorado Front Range Trail — 15 continuous miles through Castle Rock! Many attendees asked to see the photos of themselves crossing the finish line, so please see the link below. Also, don't forget that there are now new geocaches hidden between the intersection of Cherry Creek and McMurdo Gulch trails and Castle Oaks Drive that were placed as part of the trail opening celebration. Find out more at Geocaching.com.
The Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation is also sponsoring an Agents of Discovery mission along the trail, starting from the north end by Cobblestone Ranch Park. So download the app and look for the Colorado Front Range Trail mission.
In 2003, with the support of many communities and stakeholders, Colorado State Parks initiated the Colorado Front Range Trail project. The multi-purpose trail would connect communities along the Front Range from Wyoming to New Mexico. To date, approximately 300 miles have been completed. Ultimately, the trail will span over 800 miles through 15 cities, 14 counties and many smaller towns.
As a major crossroads in the Colorado Front Range Trail system, this completion of Castle Rock’s contribution helps connect Denver to the north and Colorado Springs to the south. The last three segments of this statewide-envisioned trail network in Town intersect with the Cherry Creek Regional Trail to the north, providing recreational users, hikers, cyclists and commuters with a complete connection to Denver and beyond.
The Town collaborated with four partners to complete its final phase of the Colorado Front Range Trail. Partners include Douglas County Open Space, the Douglas Land Conservancy, the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation and Toll Brothers, Inc.
This project was identified in the Castle Rock Parks and Recreation Master Plan (PDF). Since then, project updates have included the following:
- March 27, 2019: The Parks and Recreation Commission endorsed that Town Council sign the Letter of Support as part of the Town's Concept Paper submission to the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Connect Initiative Grant Program for the Colorado Front Range Trail Project in Castle Rock, item PRAC 2019-010.
- July 16, 2019: Town Council approved Resolution Number 2019-08, supporting the grant application through GOCO's Connect Initiative Grant Program and the completion of the Colorado Front Range Trail Project in Castle Rock.
- July 21, 2020: Town Council approved a services agreement with Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH) to design a substantial portion of the Colorado Front Range Trail within Castle Rock. SEH completed the final design, design engineering, surveying, environmental and geotechnical services for approximately five miles of trail.
- Oct. 4, 2022: Town Council approved a $7 million construction contract with Native Sun Construction Inc., to complete the Colorado Front Range Trail through Castle Rock. Segments will be constructed in Cobblestone Ranch, Terrain and Montaine under the contract. Work will commence in fall 2022, with final segments opening to the public in fall 2023. The project will be funded through the Annual Trail Improvement Account, while a $2 million grant awarded by the Great Outdoors Colorado Connect Initiative will be provided to the Town at completion.
- Oct. 14, 2023: A ribbon cutting and 5K were held to celebrate the opening of the Colorado Front Range Trail through Castle Rock!
GOCO Connect Initiative
In September 2019, the Town was awarded a $2,008,000 grant from GOCO through its Connect Initiative. The program aims to increase access to the outdoors in Colorado communities by filling critical trail gaps, building new trails and providing better walkable and bikeable access for youth and families.
GOCO grants have helped fund other projects in Castle Rock. Those projects include the acquisitions of the Gateway Mesa, Quarry Mesa and East Plum Creek open space areas; the construction of the East Plum Creek Trail between Meadows Parkway and Wolfensberger Road; the construction of the Adventure Playground at Philip S. Miller Park; and most recently, the construction of the East Plum Creek Trail Southern Extension.