Planners looking for small-town charm gravitate toward Castle Rock, situated midway between downtown Denver and Colorado Springs. Castle Rock is distinguished by its natural signpost, a huge castle-shaped rock outcropping, used by Native Americans and early settlers as a landmark. Having a group convene in Castle Rock meeting venues allows planners to utilize both Denver International and Colorado Springs Airports for added convenient access.
Castle Rock venues tend to be outdoorsy. The Old West is never more real than at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and Events Center, home to local events, such as fairs, rodeos and 4-H exhibits. This Castle Rock unique venue begins with its 29,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall, capable of hosting small and large events. Adjacent to the Exhibit Hall, planners can use the 3,300-square-foot Conference Room for breakout sessions. The more than 50,000-square-foot indoor arena can host a trade show. Kirk Hall is a full-service, more than 5,000-square-foot facility that includes a kitchen and an attached 1,200-square-foot patio. Nearby, the historic Louviers Village Clubhouse offers a meeting facility for intimate events. The Colorado Horse Park is a private equestrian venue showcasing some of the world's finest amateurs. Modeled after the Kentucky Horse Park, it does also offer two private indoor banquet rooms (accommodating 110 and 350), 10 outdoor arenas, and a large patio with five covered pavilions. Tented events are welcome.
A new, unique Castle Rock event venue is the Cielo at Castle Pines. Surrounded by six acres of pines, stone walls and landscaped grounds near the Castle Pines Village, Cielo accommodates groups up to 400.
While hotel venues in Castle Rock are limited, overnight accommodations include lodging venues with easy access to Interstate-25, such as Comfort Suites or the Best Western Inn & Suites. Both give planners quick access to the nearby Douglas County Fairgrounds and Events Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Outdoor enthusiasts are attracted to Castle Rock, with its 400 acres of state parks, canyons, buttes and other natural landscape perfect for hiking, biking, climbing and exploring. Accessible recreation areas include Castlewood Canyon and Pike National Forest. Castle Rock is also something of a golf mecca and home to 8 challenging courses, including the exclusive, private Castle Pines Golf Club. Notable golf architects have left their mark in Castle Rock at Red Hawk Ridge Golf Club, Castle Rock Golf Course, and the Ridge at Castle Pines North. These public golf venues allow planners to offer a round of golf or coordinate a challenging tournament for their attendees. Some also have available private banquet space.
Shopping is one of the main attractions that bring Coloradans to Castle Rock. Set your attendees free to enjoy savings at over 120 stores at the Outlets at Castle Rock, a destination outlet mall.