Castle Rock Real Estate Information
A city right on I-25 in the Denver region, Castle Rock, Colorado, is the county seat of Douglas County, in which it is located. The city lies about 30 miles south of Denver and about 40 miles north of Colorado Springs, making for a good midway point for those who must travel between the two cities frequently. Castle Rock is just east of the front range of the Rocky Mountains, and was named after a small yet prominent butte located north of the town that is visible to passersby on the interstate. Castle Rock was estimated to have a population of just over 35,000 in 2005, enough to make it the 19th most populated city in Colorado.
The city was founded in 1874 when the eastern border of Douglas County was redrawn, and it was chosen as the county's seat because of its central location. It sits at an elevation of more than 6,200 feet and there are, on average, more than 300 days of sunshine annually here. The town encompasses about 35 square miles and lies along East Plum Creek. The town was originally home to Native Americans, most specifically those of the Arapahoe and Cheyenne tribes. Though most towns in the region were founded at the start of the gold rush, when settlers flocked west, it was actually the discovery of the rhyolite stone in Castle Rock that prompted its settlement. There is a public access route for those interested to climb to the top of the butte for which the city is named.
Retail shopping is a popular draw to those throughout the region, specifically with the Prime Outlets at Castle Rock. As the county seat, the town is also the site of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, which hosts annually the County Fair and the Douglas County Fair Parade and BBQ. More than 400 acres of parks are spread throughout the city, offering a fair number of places to enjoy the outdoors.
Those interested in learning more about the history of the town and its origins can visit the Castle Rock Historical Museum, housed in what was once the city's train depot. Golfers can check out the Plum Creek Golf and Country Club and Castle Pines Golf Club. Six elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools make up the public school system. Annual celebrations include the Front Range Showcase, Elephant Rock Bike Tour, Castle Rock WineFest and ArtFest.