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Castle Rock’s monument, The Rock, is an icon for the entire community. The Town’s name sake is home to The Star during the holiday season and one of the largest landmarks in Town. It’s also a wonderful place for trail-goers to explore a great view. But, like most natural sites, sometimes maintenance is necessary.
All trails at Rock Park will be closed Monday, Aug. 9, through Friday, Aug. 13, for a rock scaling safety project.
The trails feature steep slopes leading downhill away from The Rock. Additionally, the monument is composed of a conglomerate of different types of geological material. This makeup includes boulders of several shapes and sizes scattered throughout the slopes.
Over time, those boulders could dislodge from The Rock. Some of the loose rocks are about the size of a soccer ball, while others are as big as a car. Scaling, the process of removing loose or potentially unstable boulders, is necessary to help minimize potential hazards.
A rock-fall mitigation company and geotechnical engineers have provided a hazard assessment along with management suggestions to help maintain the area. While this will not hurt the natural esthetics of The Rock, the scaling project will reduce potential hazards to keep trail users safe.
While the trails will be closed during the project, work will primarily be focused from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Signage will be placed at all three trailheads to inform trail users of the closure. Rock Park is scheduled to reopen Saturday, Aug. 14.
Still hoping to hit a trail to enjoy the summer weather? Go to CRgov.com/Trails for more information on the more than 75 miles of paved and soft-surface trails available in Castle Rock.
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