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Take a hike – explore the recently completed Legacy Trail


The wait is over! After three years of hard work by community volunteers and Town staff, construction of the 2-mile, unpaved, Legacy Trail at Gateway Mesa Open Space is finally complete.


Begun in 2019, and built almost entirely by volunteers, the hiking-only Legacy Trail now connects to the 1.6-mile Chuck’s Loop Trail and leads hikers through the unique northern forested portion of the open space. 

“Legacy Trail wouldn’t be what it is today if it weren’t for the initiative of a single philanthropic act by one individual who became the catalyst for this project,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Brauer. “This foresight to provide an experience unlike any other in Castle Rock that then spurred the collaboration between Town staff, the Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation and VOC is a clear example of the civic dedication that is alive and well in Castle Rock.”

Be among the first to explore the second mile of Legacy Trail featuring impressive rock formations, caves, narrow passages and vast views. Hikers will be treated to unique trail features like rare ferns, hoodoo rock formations, remnants of a crashed pickup, timber steps, a suspended bridge and more. Please note that this trail experience is considered difficult due to the steep, rocky terrain. Learn more and plan your hike at

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