Even if you’re already planning to tour or stay at the Redstone Castle, be sure to save some time to explore the historic town of Redstone, Colorado.
Seeing the sights in a new place is part of what makes traveling so much fun. Redstone is a destination that knows how to turn on the charm. Gingerbread-trimmed Victorian homes line the main street, the river provides an ever-present soothing soundtrack, while snow-capped red rock cliffs add visual drama all around. Topping the list of things-to-do in Redstone is visiting the Redstone Castle. In addition to taking a tour or staying overnight in the castle, plan to enjoy all the town has to offer by experiencing at least a few of the other things on this list.
Hays Creek Falls
This beautiful series of cascading waterfalls are worth the roadside stop for photos. Located about two miles south of Redstone, the falls can be a torrent of water in spring or a moderate trickle later in the season, but they’re always picture worthy
Shops & Stores
Redstone is an artsy community with a flair for eclectic boutiques. Places to stop include the Redstone Art Gallery, which showcases the work of local artists, including sculptures made from locally quarried marble. Tiffany of Redstone has antiques and funky salvage items. The Redstone Mercantile offers gifts and décor with a mountain-inspired theme. Wild Horse Enterprises features Rocky Mountain Teddy Bears and rhythm motion clocks, as well as chocolate confections. The Redstone General Store is a favorite with kids, serving old-fashioned candy and ice cream.
Magical Moments Summer Music in the Park takes place every Saturday evening. Bring a blanket and a picnic and come listen to a wide variety of music, from New Orleans stylings and Nashville folk to an international Japanese headliner and an Eagles tribute band. Concerts are from 6 to 8 p.m. and on August 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Discover Redstone’s fascinating past. Take a tour of the Redstone Castle’s fabulously restored interior and learn more about John C. Osgood and his three wives. Visit the Redstone Museum, a log cabin built in 1899 which served as a lamp house for village miners. Also, stop by the Redstone Coke Ovens, which were restored in 2014 and fueled the Redstone economy in Osgood’s time.
Cast away in the prime fishing waters of the Crystal River. The snowmelt-fed river is known for its mix of flat sections, whitewater areas and boulder-strewn fishing holes. The Crystal Fly Shop at the Redstone Company Store provides information, gear and guided trips.
The Crystal River Valley boasts its own mineral-rich geothermal amenities. While you can take a dip in Penny Hot Springs, a free in-river hot pot, we highly recommend reserving a 4-hour time slot, either 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 5 p.m., for a serene and soothing soak at Avalanche Hot Springs.
Plan to visit the Redstone Castle for a guided tour or an overnight stay today and be sure to build in extra time to further explore Redstone, one of Colorado’s most scenic and fascinating mountain towns.