Picturesque Castle Rock, situated midway between Denver and Colorado Springs, is ideally located along the Front Range of the magnificent
Rocky Mountains with an elevation of 6,202 feet above sea level.
With a reputation for small town hospitality, this charming community has received recognition by numerous national publications as one
of the best towns to live, work and play. Experience everything from designer boutiques and one-of-a-kind restaurants in the historic
downtown to the Outlets at Castle Rock, a destination outlet mall with over 100+ shops, restaurants and banquet rooms. Whether you are
shopping, dining, recreating or indulging in one of the popular day spas, you are sure to have a memorable experience.
Known for its mild temperatures, breath-taking scenery and rolling acres of buttes, mesas, and nature trails; Castle Rock is a wonderful
place to visit and recreate.
Date of incorporation – May 17, 1881
Form of government – Council / manager
Area – 33 square miles
Population – 53,144 (as of July 2013)
Elevation – 6,202 feet above sea level
Located in an area shielded from the winter storms of the mountains and just outside the reach of the extreme heat of the plains, the Colorado
Front Range foothills offered an excellent location for Native Castle Rcok CourtyardAmericans and the game they sought for food.
Timberlands, grassy plains and foothills drained by the Arkansas and the Platte rivers created a sufficient supply of vegetation and water to
maintain the antelope, buffalo, deer and rabbit necessary to the Native American diet.
White settlers were drawn by rumors of gold and by land that was made available through the Homestead Act of 1864. Castle Rock, first settled
in the 1870s, is nestled in the heart of East Plum Creek Valley, surrounded by rocky buttes and featuring stunning views of the Rocky Mountain
Front Range. Named for the prominent rock formation that overlooks the Town, the discovery of rhyolite stone in the butte near Plum Creek is
what put Castle Rock on the map and made it an important station for north-south railroad traffic.
One of the original homesteaders, Jeremiah Gould, owned 160 acres to the south of "The Rock." At that time, the community consisted of just
a few shacks for prospectors, quarry workers and other hired hands. In 1874, Gould donated 120 acres to "be known as Castle Rock." Within
a year, the new train depot brought the Denver & Rio Grande Railway to the community unloading supplies for ranchers, shipping rhyolite
from the three local quarries, and cheese from the dairy farms in the surrounding area. The depot now houses the Castle Rock Historical
Museum on Elbert Street, where visitors can relive the 130+ years since the Town's inception.
Courtesy: Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce