Franktown is a rural community tucked off the beaten path, south of Denver and east of Castle Rock. At first glance, the town appears to be just a crossroads with a couple of cafes, a Mexican restaurant and gift boutiques. Appearances can be deceiving. This area has a rich history, one that is well preserved at the historical museum just outside town. The area also features Castlewood Canyon State Park. Carved out of the Black Forest, the park's landscape features sheer canyon walls, rolling trails and the remains of the century-old Castlewood Canyon Dam. Around the ruins lie miles of scenic hiking trails, numerous technical rock-climbing routes and excellent bird-watching areas.