One of America's Fastest Growing Communities
One of the things we liked best about Castle Rock is that it retains a lot of small town quaintness and charm, although it is rapidly becoming a bedroom community for people who work in Denver. The town has grown from a population of 3,900 in 1980 to more than 30,000 in 2004, and the current growth rate is 2,500 new residents per year - or 50 new people a week. It's ironic, but folks come here looking for peace and quite but so many of them come that in the process they destroy the very thing they are seeking. We saw new subdivisions and apartment complexes under construction everywhere - literally dozens of them. Our son, Christopher, lives in one of these new apartments on the north side of Castle Rock. It's much better than where he used to live in Denver, but we don't know for how long.
Colorado Renaissance Faire
It's been awhile since I've attended a Renaissance Faire, and those that I did attend, were not permanent structures and so well organized as Colorado's in historic Castle Rock. Large castle of enchantment with many village squares, stores, keeps, a museum, a maze, a climbing wall; kids were able to ride elephants, camels, horses, and llamas ... much merriment and some spectacular shows .... fun for all ages ... from kid rides to adult entertainment. The Ren Faire won't let you down; bring your shillings as there is much to buy and eat ... A good time was had by all ... Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Wild Prairie Dog Village
In the same enclosure with the Bison, across the road from Daniels Park, look closely and you may see a village of Prairie Dogs. Some ranchers view these burrowing animals as a pest. We see them as winsome living symbols of the old West, when the range was open and free.
Prairie dogs are nervous little creatures and may duck for cover when you appear. But stay still long enough and you will soon see them going about their normal activities. Prairie dogs apparently do not hibernate as I have seen them in this area in summer as well as when temperatures were well below freezing.
Small town fever
"Destination bedroom community"
Close enough to Denver yet far enough away to enjoy uncrowded trails, small town niceities, safety on the streets and an opportunity to know your neighbors. Many on my street commute to Denver and many work out of their homes. We live here because of the clean air, open space and QUIET evenings. The weather is real, not boring. A perfect place to relax and entertain.
"Don't like the weather - stick around, it changes"
Lightning storms are beautiful and silent in early Spring evenings. Winds will blow your lawn furniture 3 house down if it's not secured. Get a tan in 10 minutes in July. Drink lots of water and smother yourself in body lotion - it's dry up here. It snows here in May. It can be 3 feet deep and the next week it's gone. Got shorts and ski wear. Weather tests your driving skills here.
"What to do, what to do..."
Within a 90 minute drive you can be snow skiing, rock climbing, water skiing, fly fishing, golfing in the mountains, riding horses with no one around, backpacking at 10,000ft, attending a: pro baseball,basketball,hockey,soccer match, PGA tournament, drag races, NASCAR event, grand prix, ESPN Extreme ski competition, Air Force Academy football game, Great Western Rodeo to name a few.