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History Hike in Castle Rock is Fun for the Whole Family!

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History Hike in Castle Rock is Fun for the Whole Family!

Native Legend Open Space
                                            Photo by Deb Stanley

Did you know 64 million years ago, Colorado was a lush tropical rainforest? Did you know that 37 million years ago, a volcano near Buena Vista exploded, covering Castle Rock with a 20- to 30-feet thick layer with what is now known as Castle Rock Rhyolite?

You'll learn this and more hiking the Native Legend Open Space in the Meadows area of Castle Rock.

The easiest way to get to the trail is to park at Paintbrush Park (directions below). Take the paved trail to the playground and go left. The trail winds past the ballfields, over a bridge to the first history sign. Take a seat on the bench and read about Colorado 55 million years ago. Learn why Colorado has a bright red soil and how it was used for Coors Field stadium.

For more details, directions and a map visit