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New Castle, Co. lies just 10 miles west of Glenwood Springs off I-70. A historic coal-mining town, New Castle was once home to 10 mines and nearly 500 miners. By the time the population grew to 2,000, the town housed a local cannery, brickyard, brewery, 15 saloons, five restaurants, three livery stables and several hotels. As the coal mining days came to an end, the community, like many towns in Colorado, turned to ranching and agriculture such as fruit farming.

Today New Castle remains a rural community, however recently annexed land and new home developments have also made it one of the fastest growing communities on the Western Slope.

Recreation takes place in many forms along the Colorado River and in the nearby White River National Forest's 225 million acres. Favorite area pursuits include downhill and cross-country skiing, camping, hunting and four-wheel driving.

Map: New Castle

Region: Northwest Regional Information

County: Garfield

Proximity to other towns: Located 159.4 miles from Boulder, 8.2 miles from Silt, 14.3 miles from Glenwood Springs, 17.2 miles from Rifle, 25 miles from Carbondale, 35.5 miles from Battlement Mesa

Population: 3,294

Elevation: 5573 feet

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