Colorful Colorado is made up of mountains, bike trails, malls, hidden gems, and many activities for all ages. One of our favorite getaways is just south of Denver and north of Colorado Springs. Castle Rock. This little gem is filled with family activities, breweries, hiking, and so much more. We pulled together our favorite places to visit near Castle Rock and hope it helps you plan your next family outing.
The Edge Zipline & Adventures
Finally ready to conquer your fear of heights? Zip on ten thrilling ziplines, explore a playground from the sky, or unleash your inner ninja! This park is filled with adventure for the entire family or an afternoon adventure with friends. Learn more about each activity from The Edge Zipline & Adventures site.
Castlewood Canyon State Park
Take the family on a nature adventure south of Franktown, Colorado. This state park is nicely located a short 20-minute drive from the Outlets of Castle Rock. Enjoy several hiking trail options rating mild to moderate and up to a 4-mile hike, or combine the trails for a longer, more scenic adventure. Pets are allowed on most trails and must be on a leash. Visit the natural amphitheater, rest along the flowing Cherry Creek river, and explore a historic homestead and dam.
Park hours are from sunrise and sunset, so unfortunately no camping is allowed. For more information about hours, parking, and rock climbing, visit the Colorado Parks website.
Shop Castle Rock Outlets
Outlets of Castle Rock is the largest outdoor open-air shopping center in Colorado. With over 100 brand name stores like American Eagle, Nike, Michael Kors, and Loft, you can find savings up to 70% off retail prices. Along with the fresh air shopping, Outlets of Castle Rock also hosts many events throughout the year. Find fresh fruits, veggies, and local artists at their farmer’s market, or enjoy a brew with your fury pets at the Barks & Brew event. Love looking at classic cars? Check out when their car shows arrive.
With so much to do at the mall, be sure to check out their events, hours, and store directories on the Outlets of Castle Rock website.
Ready for an outdoor adventure that includes off-roading and a night of camping? Then look no further than Off-roadX. Explore the sights of Colorado on a thrill-seeking excursion. With beginner levels and even export levels, relax and enjoy a guided tour filled with challenges for any level. Grab your friends and explore Colorado in a different backroad experience. The best part, the guides provide meals and even set up camp for you!
If you are a beginner, all you need is a well-maintained street-licensed sport utility vehicle (SUV) or pickup truck with a 4-wheel drive (4X4). Make sure your tires are in good condition. The rest is taken care of for you! Learn more about an off-road excursion with Off-roadX.
Good Eats & Drinks
In & Out vs Shake Shack
Obviously In & Out is on our list! Many debates between west coast In & Out vs east coast Shake Shack. We will leave that one up for you to decide, but nonetheless, it’s located by The Outlets at Castle Rock, so get yourselves a burger!
Grab your friends, enjoy a brew, dance to a live band, and laugh the night away at this backyard vibe restaurant. Slowing down is something we all need, and this restaurant provides just that! Gather around the table with family and friends, backyard seating with live music and cafe lights, drink a brew, and eat delicious American Grille dishes. The Backyard wouldn’t be complete without our favorite fur babies, so bring them along and even treat them to their very own ice cream treat.
Fish & Company
Start your weekend off with fish & chips! Fish & Company has only been around since 2020 and is already a local favorite. With fresh fish delivered daily, enjoy coastal and continental seafood from all over the world.
Learn more about their quality fish and hours of operations at their website.
La Loma was started by a local family in a small brick house! Mixing Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican styles, this Mexican kitchen became a Denver staple. Expanding south and into our favorite neighborhood, La Loma is the place to gather. Enjoy their cozy and warm environment, watching cooks make their fresh tortillas while sipping on their signature margaritas.
“Sizzling, delicious fajitas that make your mouth water just thinking about them.”
– The Denver Post
Castle Rock has so much to offer from food and beverages to hiking, off-roading, and shopping. Above was just a quick list of fun places to go for a weekend trip. For more Colorado activities, check out our other posts of places to see around Colorado. Top 5 Things to do in Silverthorne, Discover 7 Incredible Colorado State Parks, and 14 Unique Colorado Staycation Rentals.