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The Bovine Arena - seems to be located on private property, but aside from myself and folks I have brought there, it doesn't appear to have many regulars who go there. I have never seen anyone around the area and I have not experienced any negative repercussions from bouldering there, but I feel that it would be best to maintain a low profile when in the area. The west end which forms the box canyon is a beautiful ampitheater filled with boulders and low walls of the canyon rim. The east end of Lost Canyon (in which the Bovine Arena resides) is quite nondescript, lacking in any interesting features to a climber, however, the west end, in the box canyon, is really cool.

Willow Creek Canyon (W of Castlewood & S of Mitchell Gulch).

The Bovine Arena: About two dozen problems established so far. Many more awaiting sends (either too high or too tough for being by myself with no spotter or extra pads). Separate giant boulders scattered in the center of a beautiful natural amphitheater. The walls of the amphitheater will present many tough problems and topropes. Many very hard, V7 and harder problems that are either beyond my present ability or require too much time and effort with all of the other things to do.

The Hidden Wall 20' wall downstream from the Bovine Arena. 3 distinct and difficult problems. Only the classic center line has been climbed and only to the lip. No top out as of yet. Overhangs 6' in 20'.

Getting There

The Bovine Arena - if you are familiar with Founders Village and Castlewood Ranch then the following directions will get you there.
Directions from Hwy 86 and Enderud:
Take Enderud S to Mikelson.
Mikelson E to Mitchell St.
Mitchell St E to Ellsworth Ct
The Bovine Arena lies a few hundred yards south of Ellsworth Ct, across a field that is often inhabited by cattle. To avoid cossing over the barbed wire fence, it may be best to park in one of the culdesacs to the east of Ellsworth, then hike staight east until your at the edge of Willow Creek Canyon, then follow the west rim of Willow Creek to the south. As it curves west (into the side canyon of Lost Canyon) maintain a course following the top of the north rim to the west. Lost Canyon is a box canyon at its terminus.

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Crash pad, rock shoes, chalk bag. Snake stick optional.

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Shaun Conrardy
Castle Rock, Colorado
Shaun Conrardy   Castle Rock, Colorado
Thanks, Tom. I'm going to have to check that out this week (I hope). It's just my brother and me that go, so we're pretty low-profile. Plus, I live just around the corner from the elementary school out there, so we just leave the cars at the house and hike.

Spent some time at Norwegian Wood (favorites there are Norwegian Wood and Hagar the Horrible). Haven't yet made it to the other areas. Jul 24, 2006
Hello Shaun,

Yes, you are absolutely correct. Willow Creek Canyon is indeed west of Castlewood and south of Mitchell Gulch.
If you live in the area, as I do, then perhaps we can get together sometinme for a tour.
The Bovine Arena seems to be located on private property, but aside from myself and folks I have brought there, it doesn't appear to have many regulars who go there. I have never seen anyone around the area and I have not experienced any negative repercussions from bouldering there, but I feel that it would be best to maintain a low profile when in the area.
If you are familiar with Founders Village and Castlewood Ranch then the following directions will get you there.
Directions from Hwy 86 and Enderud:
Take Enderud S to Mikelson.
Mikelson E to Mitchell St.
Mitchell St E to Ellsworth Ct
The Bovine Arena lies a few hundred yards south of Ellsworth Ct, across a field that is often inhabited by cattle. To avoid cossing over the barbed wire fence, it may be best to park in one of the culdesacs to the east of Ellsworth, then hike staight east until your at the edge of Willow Creek Canyon, then follow the west rim of Willow Creek to the south. As it curves west (into the side canyon of Lost Canyon) maintain a course following the top of the north rim to the west. Lost Canyon is a box canyon at its terminus. The west end which forms the box canyon is a beautiful ampitheater filled with boulders and low walls of the canyon rim. The east end of Lost Canyon (in which the Bovine Arena resides) is quite nondescript, lacking in any interesting features to a climber, however, the west end, in the box canyon, is really cool.
Have you checked out the other Castlewood Ranch areas such as Norwegian Wood, Toms Trove, B25, Hidden Agenda, or The Cave?
They are all located on the south rim of Mitchell Gulch. Park at the end of Mitchell St. next to the "road closed" barricades and walk to the end of the dirt road which is a continuance of Mitchell St. The is good beta for this on frontrangebouldering.com in the What's New section. Jul 20, 2006
Shaun Conrardy
Castle Rock, Colorado
Shaun Conrardy   Castle Rock, Colorado
Where is this area? Please correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Willow Creek Canyon WEST of Castlewood Canyon (and SOUTH of Mitchell Gulch)? I live nearby and would like to check this out. Jul 20, 2006

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