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Rifle Falls State Park
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Rifle Falls State Park
Description - Rifle Falls State Park lies on East Rifle Creek and State Highway 325. The park features a triple waterfall that has been a tourist attraction since 1883.

Attractions - The focal point of Rifle Falls State Park is, of course, Rifle Falls. The falls lie on East Rifle Creek and have a long history as a tourist attraction. Since 1883 the falls have been drawing visitors and today it is no different. Mist from the falls have created a grotto that is popular with site seers, naturalists and photographers alike.

The park encompasses 200 acres 18 campsites and several picnic sites. The park is long and narrow following East Rifle Creek. The falls lie at the northern end of the park. In the surrounding terrain are picnic sites and hiking trails. The Coyote and Squirrel Trails lead visitors around the falls, creek and developed areas of the park. The Squirrel Trail leads to the campground at the southern end of the park. The camping area includes drive-in and walk-in sites, each with table, grill and access to vault toilets and water.

Recreation - Recreation in Rifle Falls State Park includes hiking, fishing, biking, picnicking, camping and sight seeing. During the winter visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing.

Climate - The elevation of Rifle Falls is approximately 6,900 feet. It is surrounded by mountainous terrain, and receives mild weather with four distinct seasons.

Location - Rifle Falls State Park is located 15 miles north of Rifle on State Highway 235. It is surrounded by the land of the White River National Forest, to the north, and Bureau of Land Management land to the south.

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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My family just spent three days camping here and it was amazing. The trails are well maintained, the falls are incredibly beautiful, and the scenery made the drive from Denver well worth it. The walk in tent sites are spaced perfectly to allow for quite a bit of privacy and quiet. It seems to be a pretty popular place for families. The kids loved the caves and playing at the base of the falls. The one fall that is diverted does nothing to detract from the beauty or atmosphere of the falls as a whole and adds a touch of history to the area. Will definitely be going back.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Hiking trails and caves in the Rifle Falls area are very family friendly. I would highly suggest walking at the very least the trail that leads above the falls. There are two overlooks that are very impressive. The Bobcat trail also leads to an area north of the falls that contains smaller but beautiful falls. After reading a previous report I expected to be disappointed by the falls. I WAS NOT. The third "fake" fall is a product of the first ever hydroelectric plant in western Colorado. There are signs that give you the history on the short hike above the falls. In my opinion this "fake and disappointing" falls adds to the overall history and experience of the area. We camped in the walk in sites. I would also recommend these, as they are very private and spaced fairly far apart.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: We stopped to visit Rifle Falls this July. Even though the falls were pretty, I was disappointed. Why? The falls have been divereted - one of the streams falls from a drainage pipe! After all the beautiful, natural scenery we saw, Rifle Falls seemed to me to be fake. But my sons really liked it here - they loved the exploring the caves and walking around. I guess I like like my scenery more natural. It's a good place for a stop, and short hike, but I wouldn't want to spend a lot of time here.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Made a tradition of camping here in October of the year in the walk-in sites. This was around ten years ago. We were the only ones there, the weather was perfect, it was color time, it was private and absolutely gorgeous. Rifle Gap Falls is a gorgeous park all year round. Highly recommended!

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful little falls. Avoid the weekends. The locals like to picnic there. Nice trails. Try sites 9-4-6. Esp. 9. Reservations recommended. Take the trails over the falls,and don't forget your camera! Don't miss the caves.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful falls and not so deep caves for kids to safely explore. Short trails lead to behind, top and bottom of falls. Camp site #13 is terrible for privacy as well as sites #11 & 10. It is at a lower elevation in a more arid part of Colorado and therefore in July was hot. Sites do have electricity. Tight winding paved road leads to park. One night was plenty. Saw it all and was time to move on.

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Contact Information:
Rifle Falls State Park, c/o Rifle Gap, 5775 HWY 325 , Rifle, CO, 81650, Phone: 970-625-1607
, rifle.gap.park@state.co.us

Additional Information:
Colorado State Parks - Colorado is world renowned for natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Visiting Colorado's state parks is an excellent way to gain access to the natural environment and the recreation opportunities created by it.
New Castle -
Northwest Region - This diverse area encompasses mountains and high desert. The terrain supports a huge variety of recreation opportunities and some of Colorado's world famous resorts.
Rifle Area - The town of Rifle is the center of the Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest. It's a small community that lies on the Colorado River and Interstate 70 between Grand Junction and Denver.

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