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This Town Hikes!

Starting Oct. 9

Take advantage of the great trails in and around the community and participate in weekly morning hikes to get outdoors and explore.

Weekly hikes will be led to spots in Conifer, Palmer Lake, and other locations within an hour drive. Most of these hikes are designated as easy, and are 2.5 to 4 miles long, with not much elevation gain. Moderate hikes may have some steep hills and will be 3.5-8 miles long.

In addition to our weekly Wednesday hikes, we have added two Sunday morning hikes to the fall schedule. For dates and information go to CRgov.com/registration.

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Enjoy the season with Fall Festival featuring Creepy Crawlies Around the Rock

Saturday, Oct 12

From the changing leaves, to the soft, fall breeze there is something special about this season. On Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., experience a new Fall Festival full of pumpkins, activities, seasonal vendors and all things autumn at Festival Park. 

The festival will kick off at 10 a.m. with a pumpkin patch from the Local Colorado, the organizer of this year’s Sunday Farmers’ Market at Festival Park. Pumpkins will be for purchase, while supplies last. 

Families can also enjoy activity stations such as pumpkin painting, giant tic-tac-toe, guessing games, and a decorated photo station. After pumpkin picking, stroll through harvest-style vendors featuring hand-painted gourds, roasted chilies and crepes.  Get information on the event at CRgov.com/events.

Douglas Land Conservancy will also join the fun with Creepy Crawlies around the Rock at 1 p.m. This educational, Halloween-themed animal event will include some of Castle Rock’s creepiest creatures such as snakes, spiders, toads, owls and hissing cockroaches. 

Creepy Crawlies is the conclusion of the Animals Around the Rock series. To support the educational efforts of Douglas Land Conservancy, donations are suggested. Learn more about this program by visiting CRgov.com/RockAnimals

Mead and Meander bike ride, sightseeing and tasting

Mead and Meander

Saturday, Oct. 12

Enjoy an easy bike ride through Downtown Castle Rock for a tour of history, culture and mead tasting at our local Honnibrook Craft Meadery.

Mead, or honey wine, is the oldest fermented beverage known to humanity. Please note, fees include the bike tour, snacks and a mead flight at Honnibrook.

The bike tour will start at 4 p.m. Participants can expect to arrive at Meadery around 5 p.m.

Currently there is no trail access directly to Honnibrook, so we will do the bike tour in Downtown, and then drive in our personal vehicles to the Meadery. Bikes are not provided. Helmets are suggested. Adults only please.

Register online at CRgov.com/Registration.

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Plant a tree, leaf an impact; volunteers needed for fall break tree planting

Monday-Friday, Oct. 14-18

Calling all tree lovers, landscape enthusiasts and outdoor volunteers. We need your help! The Town has been given more than 300 pine, crab apple and hackberry trees. Now, volunteers are needed to help plant the trees the week of Oct. 14, before planting season is over.
The trees will be planted at 10 different Town locations. Crews and volunteers will be working at two locations each day, so bring gloves, a shovel, and a wheelbarrow, if you have it, and get ready to get your hands dirty.
Town crews will pre-dig the holes. Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to noon throughout the week to finish cleaning out the holes, planting and staking the trees, and mulching.
Go to CRgov.com/TreePlanting for a schedule of which parks are scheduled for each day of the week and to register for the event.

The planting schedule may vary depending on how many volunteers are registered each day. This is an ideal activity for corporate employees who get time off to volunteer and for students looking for community service hours toward graduation.
Water, snacks and some tools will be provided. Plus, the first 50 volunteers each day will receive a free T-shirt. 
The trees have been donated to the Town as part of the C-470 Express Lane Project. Part of the project’s stipulations were that the contractor must replace every tree disturbed or removed. There wasn’t enough room at the project to replace all the trees, so nearby entities were given the opportunity to plant the trees in their own communities.
Questions? Contact volunteer coordinator Marcy Jones at mjones@CRgov.com or 303-814-7456. 

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Spooktacular is indoor fun for your little goblin

Saturday, Oct. 26

Halloween fun for the entire family! This event features face painting, bounce houses, games, crafts, candy and contests.

Costumes are encouraged but not required. Registration is also not required.

In an effort to provide the most enjoyable experience for all, attendance times are designated by last name. 

  • 1 to 2 p.m. - Sensory-friendly activities
  • 2 to 3 p.m. - Last names starting with letters A through L
  • 3 to 4 p.m. - Last names starting with letters L through Z

For more information go to CRgov.com/Spooktacular.

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Day Trip to Bishop Castle

Saturday, Oct. 26

This castle was handcrafted and built by Mr. Bishop himself. It is an amazing site to see. The drive to Bishop is beautiful this time of year. We will provide transportation and a picnic style lunch.

For more information or to register go to CRgov.com/Registration.

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