Situated midway between Denver and Colorado Springs, Castle Rock boasts an ideal location along Colorado’s Front Range. Residents enjoy a quality of life hard to come by in most other urban areas. Surrounded by rolling hills and sprawling new developments, it’s an ideal community to raise a family outside the city while enjoying access to the best recreation Colorado can offer. With its mild-temperatures, awe-inspiring views, and countless acres of nature trails, open spaces, buttes, and mesas, it’s no wonder Castle Rock is one of the fasting growing cities in the nation.
Nearly every part of the city is experiencing growth. Everything from new office buildings to the brand-new Promenade Shops at Castle Rocks, and even up-and-coming neighborhoods. Despite all the growth, many things in Castle Rock haven’t changed. Lined with locally owned restaurants and specialty stores, historic downtown remains the hub of the city. This area also hosts lots of fun events for the larger community. The holiday Star Lighting Festival – when a giant star is lit on the town’s namesake rock formation – is a town favorite! Castle Rock has truly done a wonderful job preserving its small-town character and charm.
On top of being an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise, the community also offers many other desirable perks. Castle Rock is known for its excellent shopping, whether you are looking for an unusual find at the locally owned boutiques in historic downtown or scouring for great deals at The Outlets at Castle Rock. Meanwhile, the school district is one of Colorado’s best and the two charter schools receive rave reviews from parents. Castle Rock is truly a wonderful mix of modern suburbia and a quaint small-town vibe.
Before settlers came to Castle Rock in 1874, Native Americans of the Arapahoe and Cheyenne tribes lived in the area. They inhabited the area because it provided much needed shelter from the harsh winters and extreme heat of the Colorado plains. Hunting was made easier by the abundance of buffalo, deer, and other wild game found in the grassy foothills.
Settlers were initially drawn to the land by rumors of gold. While gold was never found, the discovery of rhyolite helped put Castle Rock on the map. You can still find this volcanic rock in many of the buildings and structures today. Jeremiah Gould, one of the original settlers, owned the 160 acres just south of “The Rock”. In 1874, he donated 120 acres of that land to be known as Castle Rock. The combination of these two events were the catalyst for the town becoming an important station for north-south railroad traffic. With in a year – a new train depot brought the Denver & Rio Grande Railway to the community, providing an economic foothold for the town’s growth.
The city of Castle Rock derived its name from the geographic feature of the same name. This large rock formation can be seen from 1-25 and from many location throughout the town, ushering in visitors or welcoming residents home. To this day, “The Rock” remains an iconic figure and provides wonderful hiking and other outdoor adventures.