Probably best known for its “mini incline,” the Phillip S. Miller Park is one of the newest additions to the Front Range’s park system. Located in the town of Castle Rock, 30 miles south of Denver, the Phillip S. Miller Park offers 300 acres of outdoor activities that surely every family would enjoy. The park is named after a local banker and philanthropist Philip S. Miller. The Town is one of several recipients of trust monies Miller and his wife, Jerry, left behind in the mid-1990s. Construction on the adventurous Philip S. Miller Park began in the summer of 2013. The park includes the Millhouse events center, an outdoor amphitheater, the Challenge Hill outdoor staircase, an adventure playground, and an interconnected trail network. Through a public-private partnership with Castle Rock Zip Line Tours, ziplines and adventure courses also add to the excitement.
Philip S. Miller Park has proven itself as an invaluable community asset. The Amphitheater features both local and national talent in an intimate outdoor setting. The Amphitheater is home to concerts, shows, graduations, church services, weddings, outdoor education programs, and other events year-round. The facility seats 2,000 guests, with VIP seating areas also available. Additionally, the lawn can be used for larger concerts and performances and is included in the rental fee. It sits adjacent to the Millhouse, a beautiful special events facility featuring a large great room with floor-to-ceiling windows, stunning high wooden beams, and a walk-around patio housing an outdoor fireplace. The Amphitheater shares a spectacular view of the pond and waterfalls outside of the Millhouse, creating the perfect backdrop for intimate events.
While the Challenge Hill is the mini version of the popular Manitou Incline in nearby Manitou Springs. The 200-step incline provides an intense cardio workout as users climb steep grade stairs, gaining 178 feet in elevation, to the top of the hill. Upon reaching the top, you will be greeted with panoramic views of Castle Rock, Pikes Peak, and the entire Front Range. From here, either walk or run back down or continue along the trail to connect to the park’s 8+ mile trail system. The 7.4-mile native-surface trail network consists of single-track trails divided into four different, but interconnected loops with 1.2 miles of paved accessible segments. The trail’s shining jewel is the 200-step Challenge Staircase. It’s a lot tougher than it seems and has already been wildly popular with fitness buffs.
In addition, there are pavilions at Philip S. Miller Park that are the perfect location for your next get-together. The four pavilions are located within the Plaza, which also houses a splash pad area, community fire pit, public art sculpture, and restroom facilities. There is one large pavilion next to the splash pad area that boasts six picnic tables under the pavilion and six uncovered tables, which together, can accommodate approximately 120 people. This pavilion also overlooks a grassy area perfect for yard games or relaxing with friends and family. In addition, there are three pavilions located west of the restroom building and north of the synthetic turf field. The lower pavilion hosts two outdoor fireplaces that are activated by a timer. The two lower pavilions have eight picnic tables each and can accommodate approximately 80 people each, plus wall seating. The third upper pavilion has six tables and can accommodate approximately 60 people, plus wall seating. Grills are allowed in the park, however, charcoal grills are not. Hurry over to Philip S. Miller Park now. It is open every day from 9 AM to 6 PM.