The steep slope of the 200 Step Challenge at the new Philip S. Miller Regional Park mirrors the population growth chart for Castle Rock over the past several decades: There were just over 3,900 people here in 1980 versus the approximately 59,845 residents today.
People continue to make Castle Rock their relocation choice for many attractive factors, including a scenic, convenient location about halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs, a low crime rate and a near-perfect high school graduation rate.
One of the town’s biggest assets amid such growth is its commitment to maintaining hometown character, with a historic downtown as a centerpiece. There and throughout the community, residents celebrate a full calendar of vibrant events, patronize locally owned shops and enjoy one-of-a-kind dining experiences.
Visitors and locals alike enjoy hiking “the Rock,” for which the town is named, while new recreation facilities, such as the Miller Activity Complex, also bring residents together for play and exercise.
Rumors of gold and the later discovery of rhyolite initially drew Castle Rock’s first permanent settlers in the 1870s, and the railroad came in soon thereafter, leading to more growth.
For many years, the community has been perceived as a Denver suburb. While it remains an excellent choice for those choosing to commute, Castle Rock today has plenty of retail development and highly skilled jobs of its own — with more in the pipeline. In fact, for the past six years, the town has earned the Economic Development “Large Community of the Year” award from the Economic Development Council of Colorado.