Favorite thing: 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.
In my mind Castle Rock has a near perfect four season climate. Summer days can get hot, but the low humidity (40% average) makes them bearable. The annual rainfall is less than 15 inches, but the streams and melting snows from the nearby mountains provide plenty of water - at least for now. Winters are cold, but not excessively so, with an average of 62 inches of snow per year. The area boasts more than 300 days of sunshine annually.
Fondest memory: We love the clean air and clear skies of Colorado. From Castle Rock one can easily see Pike's Peak, more than 50 miles away. beyond Colorado Springs.