Castle Shelter

Do not forget to visit the Castle area in the North Bluff. An impressive stone construction by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, this historical building would be an awesome location to have a small group gathering. Called a reservable picnic shelter, so you make rental arrangements with the park directly, but it is so much more!  A huge stone fireplace, several picnic tables, a circular stone staircase to the viewing tower, and several seats tucked into the corners make this castle a fun place for all. And the temperature inside was noticeably cooler than outside. The spectacular view of Laramie Peak from the tower is amazing! The restrooms (pit toilets) are also a CCC 1930s construction of stone, and the building is called “The Million Dollar Biffy” because it took so long to construct. Neither the castle nor the biffy are accessible by wheelchair, but a newer ADA accessible pit toilet facility and picnic area are available. The North Bluff area leading to the Castle has trails to hike, and the cliffs with caves around the river/reservoir are incredible. We watched several boats and jet skis playing in the water, with these huge walls of rock ascending from the sides, and imagined it must be an amazing sight from the water. We were awestruck with the view from the land, and couldn’t help but give praise to the Creator.