Douglas County Parks Series: Elk Ridge Park

By Kari Ploysa, Macaroni Kid Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Administrative & Marketing Assistant July 21, 2021

Elk Ridge Park
7005 Mira Vista Ln., Castle Pines
Hours: Dawn–Dusk 

Elk Ridge Park has long been one of our favorite parks. We have been to their annual Party in the Park, Summer Concert Series, and Movies in the Park. This summer, they also have a weekly Food Truck Thursday. The 12-acre park was designed as a place for the community to come together. It is a place for all ages to relax and enjoy the outdoors. 

As you walk up the path toward the playground, you'll see a pillar with an inscription on it. It is the introduction to a fun scavenger hunt that uses way-finding, riddles, symbols, and rhymes to guide you throughout the park. 

To the southwest, there is a large synthetic turf field. This area is great for gatherings as well as sports and games. There is a building next to the field with indoor bathrooms that is open to the public. There are also portable bathrooms on-site near the parking lot. 

From the field, you can look east and see the playground and splash pad. The playground is designed to blend into the natural surroundings.

To enter the playground, you will have to go through or around what looks like an ancient adobe house. You will see clues and symbols along with a maze. My kids can't help themselves here; they always try to find their way through the maze no matter how often we visit. 

On hot summer days at Elk Ridge Park, you will most likely find me on the eastern side of the playground, where the splash pad is. There are multiple streams coming out of the ground with a hidden waterfall in the back — a great way to stay cool! A grassy area shaded by trees surrounds the splash pad. I like to camp out on the grass and relax a bit while the children play. There is also a picnic shelter nearby. 

DID YOU KNOW? At Elk Ridge Park, persons 21 years and older may consume "fermented malt beverages or vinous alcohol (wine)" during normal business hours. 

The southwest area of the playground is for ages 2-5. The playset has a swinging bridge and a slide that is perfect for my 3-year-old. He climbs over everything, learning balance while having fun. There is also a corkscrew spinner pole. This is good for all ages. Both of my children love to spin on it.

The main area of the playground is built for ages 5-12. There is a merry-go-round net climber that can hold a ton of kids! This is a favorite of my 7-year-old. I get my exercise pushing him around on this. He would stay on it all day if he could. There is a large climber playset, a sit-n-spin, and a couple of surfer balance boards. 

The north side of the playground has a giant covered slide. There are a couple of ways to get to the top of the slide. The most fun way is to climb the rocks to the top. You can also climb a staircase that is built into the side of the hill. Underneath the slide is an adobe structure with a musical area that includes drums. At the end of the slide by the edge of the play area are also chimes that you can ring. 

At the top of the stairs is a mesa with a sculpture garden. The mesa seems like it would be the perfect place for outdoor yoga at sunset or sunrise. It holds a perfect view of the playground, splash pad, and the vistas below. The sculpture garden is very peaceful and a great place to reflect and meditate. 

Between the restrooms and the giant slide is a tunnel that takes you into a valley with plenty of open space, natural hills, and vistas. There are three rentable picnic shelters here. 

Whenever we visit Elk Ridge Park, we all go away exhausted. It truly is a place for a great time for all generations.   


  • Multi-use field (Reservable)
  • Playground
  • Mesa with sculpture garden
  • Tunnel
  • Splash pad (Open 10:00 AM–5:00 PM)
  • Natural open space


  • Shelter/Pavilion (Reservable)
  • Playground shelter (Not reservable)
  • Picnic tables
  • Multiple benches


  • Drinking fountain
  • Electrical outlets
  • Public restrooms
  • Portable restrooms
  • Bike racks
  • Stroller friendly paths


Right down the road from Elk Ridge Park is Ziggi's Coffee. Stop and treat your children to something yummy on the KidZone Menu like a Cotton Candy Blender or Unicorn Punch. For a delicious meal check out The Berg Haus. Their angus burgers on brioche buns are irresistible. Finish your meal off with a sweet pretzel dipped in caramel sauce.

Want more local family-friendly info like this?