Dunafon Castle's Story
The Dunafon Castle is 15 miles west of Denver is beautiful Bear Creek Canyon. Located six miles west of Morrison CO, off Mountain Parks Road (Hwy 74), it is four miles east of Evergreen, CO, and midway between Idledale and Kittridge.
The Castle, completed in 1941, is built ion a peninsula which present a breathtaking view of the crystal-clear waters of Bear Creek.
This stunning seventeen-acre setting has 1500 feet of private trout ponds and is surrounded by an open space park with a walking, hiking, and mountain bike trails that form a part of the Jefferson County Open Space Complex.
The new owners immediately developed a restoration plan based on existing blueprints, photographs, personal interviews with surviving members of the Wright and Barnes families, as well as recommendations from professionals and artisans with knowledge of that period.
Restoring an aged, complex structure, in disrepair, is a daunting task. So, the first order of the day was a work forced! Step 13, a drug and alcohol rehab program, was utilized exclusively as the source. On a daily basis, as many as twenty men from this group were on site restoring the castle to the condition described by the designer and builder, Mr. Wright.
Presently the Castle is occupied by a full time caretaker, and is occasionally used for charity events. Proceeds from these benefits are used to support the continuing success of Step 13, Central City's Opera Program for youngsters, and the YMCA.
The aforementioned ponds have been restocked, and a plan is being developed to feature fly fishing programs for young people in conjunction with the Colorado Fish & Game Department, local fly fishing organizations, and by a generous donation of fly fishing equipment from Eagle Claw.
The Castle is comprised of two upper roof tops, overlooking the large trout ponds and spectacular views of the property, which are ideal for cocktail parties, dances, or an elegant dinner. Directly below are the Carriage Hall, Lower Carriage Hall, and Celtic Room. Both the Carriage Hall and Celtic Room boasts massive stone fireplaces, stunning old-world, faux wall paintings and a panoramic view of the castle's stately grounds.