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What’s your Sport?

New Castle provides venues for a number of outdoor and indoor sports. Many are used for New Castle Recreation activities, but are otherwise open to the public.

Public Venues

  • Baseball and Softball – Field at VIX Park.
  • Basketball – Basketball Courts at Hot Shot Park.
  • Disk Golf – New Castle’s popular Disk Golf course is located in Coal Ridge Park, on CR 335 south of the river.
  • Fishing – Kids’ Fishing Ponds in Grand River Park and Alder Park.
  • Horseshoes – There are Horseshoe Pits in Burning Mountain Park on Main Street and in New Hope Park, at the east end of the New Castle Plaza.
  • Pickleball – There are Pickleball Courts in New Hope Park, at the east end of the New Castle Plaza, Hot Shot Park, and the new Bear Dance Park located at the intersection of Castle Valley Boulevard and Clubhouse Drive.
  • Skateboarding – Hogback Skate Park is near the west end of Castle Valley Boulevard, open daily until dark.
  • Tennis Courts – Two Tennis Courts in the new Bear Dance Park located at the intersection of Castle Valley Boulevard and Clubhouse Drive.
  • Volleyball – There is a Volleyball Court at New Hope Park, at the east end of the New Castle Plaza, and a Volleyball Lawn at the new Bear Dance Park located at the intersection of Castle Valley Boulevard and Clubhouse Drive.

 Warm Weather Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Biking/Mountain Biking
  • Boat Ramp on Colorado River
  • Camping
  • Disc Golf Course
  • Fishing/Fly Fishing
  • Flag Football
  • Hiking
  • Hogback Hustle 5K
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Hunting


  • Kayaking
  • Pickleball
  • Rodeos (4J Arena)
  • Roller Blading
  • Skateboarding/Skate Park
  • Sledding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Whitewater Rafting

 Cold Weather Sports

  • Hunting
  • Nordic/Cross Country Skiing
  • Sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing

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Lakota Canyon Ranch Community features an 18-hole championship golf course, designed by James Engh, plus a recreation center and outdoor pool. For more information, view our site.


Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club opened for play in May 2004, offering 18-holes of world-class golf with stunning views of rugged Western Colorado canyons and natural terrain. Designed by nationally renowned architect, James Engh, Lakota Canyon provides a rare opportunity to enjoy amazing golf at the doorway of some of Colorado’s most breathtaking mountain vistas. Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club is open nine months out of the year. It has been named one of “Colorado’s Top Golf Courses,” and has earned numerous honors. PGA certified professionals provide management and instruction for individuals and groups. Call (970) 984-9700 or (800) 613-2946 or view our site to reserve your tee time today. Lakota Course MaP


Bird Watching
The Colorado River Valley, the many creeks that feed it and the nearby mountains offer many bird-watching opportunities. Among the birds to be seen in and around New Castle are:

birdwatching Dippers The little birds dip their heads under water in search of food. Look for them in Rifle Falls State Park. Eagles Bald eagles and Golden eagles can be seen along the Colorado River, especially in the winter. Look for bald eagle nests near the tops of bare trees. Hummingbirds Anyone who hangs a feeder or plants hummingbird-friendly flowers will attract plenty of visitors. Black-chinned and broad-tailed hummingbirds can be seen all summer. Rufous and calliope humming birds appear in large numbers during spring and fall migrations. Magpies The black-billed magpies are noisy and are often considered pests. Their striking black and white appearance, which shines green, blue or purple in the sun, makes them fascinating birds to watch and photograph. Mountain Bluebirds The male is a striking azure blue with a pale breast when seen in the sunshine. In shadow it has the same bluish-grey shade as the female. Stellar Jays The steller jay is another of our birds that demands attention. It is a brilliant blue with a black head and a pointed crest. For more about bird watching in the area, consult the Roaring Fork Audubon Society.


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Camping opportunities in New Castle range from primitive to luxurious. Take advantage of our Western Rockies location and recreation activities. Elk Creek Campground Offers cabins, tent sites and RV sites along beautiful East Elk Creek, with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. 581 County Road 241 (East Elk Creek Road) (970) 984-2240 Meadow Lake Campground Offers 10 campsites fire grates, trash disposal and a vault toilet. Meadow Lake is a popular fishing lake, with a boat ramp. Take Buford Road north from New Castle for 22 miles, turn right at Hinner Spring to Meadow Lake. Meadow Ridge Campground Located north of Meadow Lake. There are 20 campsites, including pull-in, pull-out and pull-through opportunities. Wheel chair accessible sites available. Porter Ranch A working ranch in the Alkali Creek Valley just South of New Castle. Campers can enjoy horseback riding, fishing, biking, and hiking on thousands of acres. County Road 341 (970) 984-3269 Spruce Tree Guest Ranch Provides charming knotty pine cabins nestled along East Elk Creek. 2026 County Road 245 (Buford Road) (970) 984-2144 Dispersed Camping. Dispersed camping is allowed in both the White River National Forest and on BLM land.

fishing New Castle is at the center of a paradise for fishing. Opportunities for river, creek and lake fishing abound. For more information visit Fish Colorado.

Name/Location Directions Fish
Buttermilk Creek  Off Main Elk Rainbow, German Brown, Cutthroat
 Colorado River In town and boat access at Coal Ridge Park Rainbow Trout, German Brown Trout, Cutbow Trout, Whitefish, Suckers
 Deep Creek Off Main Elk Rainbow, German Brown, Cutthroat
 East Elk Creek  East Elk Creek Road Lower Creek: Rainbow, German Brown, Upper Creek: Brook and Cutthroat
 Main Elk Creek In town and from Buford Road Lower Creek: Rainbow, German Brown, Cutthroat Trout Upper Creek: Brook Trout
 Adams Lake South of Adams Lake Cutthroat
Butler Creek Off Rifle Creek Cutthroat, Brook Trout
Elk Lakes Clinetop Road (Forest Road 603) to Fr 651 Brook, Cutthroat
Flat Tops Wilderness FR 651 and 648 to Blair Lake Trail Lake Trout, Mackinaw, Jet lake, Shadow Lake, Crater Lake, Lost Lake
 Harvey Gap Reservoir Grass Valley Road to CR 237 Premier lake for Pike, Rainbow Trout, Perch, Bluegill, Catfish, Walleye
 Meadow Creek East of Meadow Lake Rainbow, Brook
Meadow Lake  Buford Road (CR 245) to Hinner Spring Rainbow, Brook Trout
Reservoir Park CR 335 to Divide Creek Road, then East Divide Brook and Rainbow Trout
 Rifle Creek Grass Valley Road from Buford Road to Rifle Gap  Rainbow, German Brown
Rifle Gap Reservoir Grass Valley Road West Gap Pike, Rainbow Trout, Perch, Bluegill, Catfish, Walleye
Vega Reservoir 330 Road to 646/10 Road Rainbow, German Brown, Brook Trout
West Divide CR 335 to Divide Creek Road, then West Divide to Cow Camp Cutthroat, Brook, Rainbow

Fitness, Cross Training, Martial Arts

Crossfit Training

CrossFit Generate is located at 6420 CR 335. Classes for all ages are offered daily beginning at 5:00 am.


New Castle Family Fitness offers group fitness, personal trainers, silver sneakers, physical therapy and a range of individual fitness opportunities.

Martial Arts

Rocky Mountain Martial Arts on Main Street offers classes for all ages.

Horseback Riding
Colorado is horse country. New Castle offers opportunities to learn riding, take guided trail rides, ride in the wilderness, spend a vacation at a ranch with horses, or watch horse shows in an indoor arena. 4J Arena Riding lessons, show arenas, special events. 2101 CR 245 (970) 984-0767 Coulter Lake Guest Ranch Coulter Ranch offers cabins, horseback riding, fishing, boating, as well as winter recreation activities. Located in the Flat Tops. Take the Buford Road to Grass Valley Drive. Turn left and go north on CR 325 then 217. Turn right on 832 and left on 8322B. (970) 625-1475 or (800) 858-3046 Porter Ranch A working ranch in the Alkali Creek Valley just South of New Castle. Campers can enjoy horseback riding, fishing, biking, and hiking on thousands of acres. County Road 341 (970) 984-3269.


The Flat Top Range, assessable from New Castle via the Buford Road (CR 245), is an exceptional region for hunters. The White River National Forest is open to hunting for elk, mule deer, wild turkeys, black bear and big horn sheep. Hunting licenses are available at City Market in New Castle, as are supplies for hunting trips. There are campgrounds near Meadow Lake, a prime hunting location, and dispersed camping is allowed throughout the Forest. Hunting information and regulations are available from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
While New Castle does not have its own ski mountain, we are only an hour or less from family-friendly skiing at Sunlight Mountain (Glenwood Springs), and world-class skiing at Vail Mountain (Vail) and Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk (Aspen area).

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Buford Road The same parking lot gives access to a network of snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails to the east. The trails lead through meadows and aspen groves, leading to spectacular outlooks. These trails are maintained by a local volunteer group, West Elk Trails, Inc.  For more information or a map of this area visit West Elk Trails’ website. East Elk Creek Turn onto East Elk Creek Road just north of New Castle. The road follows the creek through farm and ranchlands to a parking lot. The road entering the White River forest is unplowed in the winter and provides a great 1 1/4 mile snowshoeing trail to bridge crossing the creek. Harvey Gap Does not maintain cross-country trails, but the entire park is open to skiers all winter. Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Course Open to snowshoers and skiers all winter.

Buford Road The Rifle Snowmobile maintains a network of Snowmobile trails on the Flat Tops. Take the Buford Road north of New Castle. Note that at West Elk Creek the Buford Road (CR 245) turns sharply to the right. The road is plowed as far as the large parking lot with restroom facilities. The snowmobiling trails are to the west of the parking lot. Snowmobiling on the unplowed section of the Buford Road is allowed from November 22 to May 20.


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Synergy Gymnastics is located on Airport Road in Rifle.

Hanging Lake

Hanging Lake is a geologic wonder and is popular with travelers for its inspiring beauty. Suspended on the edge of Glenwood Canyon’s cliffs, the clear turquoise travertine lake and the waterfalls that spill into it are a breathtaking sight after an uphill climb.


The Fairy Caves at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offer easy guided tours of a spectacular cave system. The Wild Tour is a two-hour adventure to more challenging sections of the caves.


Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is the largest naturally fed hot springs pool in the country. Glenwood Springs Recreation Center offers an indoor pool.

Hockey and Ice Skating

Available at the Glenwood Springs Recreation Center’s covered ice rink.