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Rock Park Open Space and Trails


Rock Park Trail Map 2020 FINAL

John Emerson Summit Trail at Rock Park Elev. Profile (PDF)

Downtown-Rock Park 10K Fitness Route (PDF)

Other Link Trail Conditions Map


  1. Adopted through POST Partners
  2. Difficult Trail
  3. Dogs allowed with leash
  4. Hiking
  5. Parking Capacity- 19
  6. Picnic Areas
  7. Picnic Pavilion (General Use)
  8. Picnic Pavilion (Reservable)
  9. Picnic Tables
  10. Portable Restroom
  11. Trail Access
  12. Trails (Native Surface)

Visitors can climb this historic landmark through a looped single-track trail system. From these trails, hikers can reach the base of the Rock and are afforded panoramic views of Downtown Castle Rock, the I-25 corridor, Pikes Peak and the Front Range. This hike offers rocky and uneven terrain. 

Length: 1.5 miles 
Open Space acreage:  62 acres
: Difficult 
Surface: unpaved, single track 
Parking: Trailhead off of 1710 Front St. 
Elevation Change:  370-foot elevation difference from bottom to top (6,220 feet to 6,590 feet)
POST Partners Volunteer Group:  Keepers of the Rock 

5k / Special Events and Pricing

Review the special event application process  then click on the tab - "Plan an Event"
Special Event fees

Picnic Pavilions
Picnic pavilions and play fields may be reserved at select Town parks. Online park pavilion reservation requests must be submitted at least one week prior to the date requested. If your event is within one week, please contact the Parks Division at 720-733-2260 or email.

Availability is not guaranteed until you receive confirmation directly from the Parks Division, which is usually 72 hours of receiving a request. Please note: Requesting the park pavilion does not reserve the athletic field as well. Outdoor Athletic field reservations can be made by contacting Athletic Supervisor, Scott Smeeton by email
 or call (720) 733-2299.

All other park amenities may be used on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Park Pavilion Rental Fees 
1-49 people - $50 per 6-hour block
50-100 people - $100 per 6-hour block 
100+ people - special rate

Gas grills are allowed, however charcoal grills are not.  Please note, at times, Town fire restrictions may prohibit the use of grills. Visit the Town's fire restrictions page for more information.

Park picnic pavilions are available for rental at:

Parks Pavilion Reservations and Availability
• Online reservations
• Call 720-733-2260
• Email

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