Joseph Thayer Gallery   Castle Rock is nestled midway between Denver and Colorado Springs. Perhaps best known for its nearby International PGA Golf Tournament at Castle Pines and the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, the city’s biggest landmark is the unique rock formation itself, towering over the vicinity just east of I-25. On the weekend after Labor Day, more than 120 artisans from across the nation are featured at ArtFest, a juried event drawing 15,000 visitors each year. Several fine art, art jewelry and photography galleries are located within easy walking distance of each other in the historic downtown area. Just a short 30-minute drive from either the Denver area or the Pikes Peak Region, the charming community of Castle Rock remains a small town with big city comforts.

Aspen Creek Gallery 316 Fourth St., Castle Rock 80104 303-660-6696 • Call for days and hours. Fine art, custom framing, creative photography, sculptures and accessories • Largest display of frames in Colorado.

Joseph Thayer Gallery 330 Third St., Castle Rock 80104 720-733-1025 • Tues-Sat 10am-5pm. A gallery of fine contemporary art and craft • Located in the heart of Wilcox Square in downtown Castle Rock, the Joseph Thayer Gallery offers the gift buyer as well as the discerning collector a choice of elegant, handblown glass, unique jewelry and pottery made on premise.

Santa Fe Trail Gallery 217 Fourth St., Castle Rock 80104 303-660-9801 • Tues-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-6pm. Legendary and soon-to-be legendary cultural art • The cultures that existed along the Santa Fe Trail are represented from an art and historical perspective. Cultures represented include Native American, railroad, mountain men and cowboys. Also: prerecorded history artifacts, Spanish and European iconographs, frontier and Mexican family antiques and contemporary pieces.