New Castle, Colorado is the quaint town past Glenwood Springs driving west on I-70, still east of Silt.
The Colorado River and the railroad tracks follow along the interstate. Its largely a commuter town because most people work in Glenwood Springs or farther upvalley.
At exit drops you on a bridge over the Colorado River. Cross it to the south, and west on the backroad, there’s a rafting put in.
A City Market, liquor store, and a diner. A couple of gas stations and a car wash round out this central traffic exchange corner of New Castle.
New Castle’s historic downtown has everything you need like a town hall, recreation department, library and post office. The Black Dog is the local watering hole, with several restaurants including the classic Elk Creek Mining Co., EAT, and Hogback Pizza. The Burning Mountain Park downtown hosts the farmer’s market on Thursday evenings.
Lakota Golf Course and clubhouse provide amenities to the homes in this scenic HOA.
The LoVa trail organization has some suggestions about how one day a biker would be able to get from Glenwood Springs to New Castle.
Many of New Castle’s parks are close to its neighborhoods. Vix Ranch Park is great for walking dogs, watching kids play soccer, picnic-ing, parking while you mountain bike and taking the kids on the new BMX course.
Colorow Trail is one of the greatest trails first tread by and named after a Ute scout.
New Castle is called the Gateway to the Wilderness because 7th St leads north to CR 245 (Buford Rd). After a bit you can take County Rd 243 Main Elk, up to the flattops or keep going on Buford up to a parking area where you can leave your vehicle while you recreate in the Flattops Wilderness.
County Rd 245 forks to the north while County Rd 226 continues west. When you hit Harvey Gap road only a left turn onto it is possible and take it to Harvey Gap. If you continue on CR 226 (Grass Valley Rd) you’ll be enjoying the scenery as you travel towards an intersection with County Rd. 325. Take 325 north to Rifle Falls and Rifle Mountain Park.
Ranches then public lands, (BLM and the White River National Forest) surround New Castle to the north and south.
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