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.
- 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
- Biking/Mountain Biking
- Boat Ramp on Colorado River
- Disc Golf Course
- Fishing/Fly Fishing
- Flag Football
- Hogback Hustle 5K
- Horseback Riding
- Rodeos (4J Arena)
- Roller Blading
- Skateboarding/Skate Park
- Whitewater Rafting
Cold Weather Sports
- Nordic/Cross Country Skiing
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
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.
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.
|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|
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.
Rocky Mountain Martial Arts on Main Street offers classes for all ages.
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.
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.
Synergy Gymnastics is located on Airport Road in Rifle.
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.