Metzler Ranch/Castlewood Canyon State Park Addition

Castlewood Canyon State Park expanded its boundaries with the acquisition of the 167-acre Metzler Property.  This prominent ridge lies on the northern edge of the park and protects native grasslands, ponderosa pine forest, shrub lands, unique rock outcroppings and tributary waters of Cherry Creek.

Partners in acquiring the Metzler Property included Colorado State Parks, Great Outdoors Colorado, Friends of Castlewood Canyon, Douglas County and a private landowner. Because the property is now part of Castlewood Canyon State Park, all access must be consistent with State Parks regulations.

Year acquired: 2002
Acres: 167
Land Category: Colorado State Park
Conservation Tool: Fee-Title, Colorado State Parks
Cost: $75,000 by Douglas County; $392,000 by GOCO, $195,500 by Colorado State Parks, and $175,000 from other partners
Partners: Colorado State Parks, Great Outdoors Colorado, Friends of Castlewood Canyon, Douglas County and a private landowner.
Location: One half mile west of Franktown on CO Highway 86, turn south on Castlewood Canyon Road.  The property starts two miles down the road on the west side. Parking and access is through Castlewood Canyon State Park.