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Collbran Ranger District- The Collbran Ranger District encompasses the northern half of the Grand Mesa National Forest.
Harvey Gap State Park- This rustic state operated reservoir lies north of Interstate 70 between New Castle and Rifle.
Rifle Falls State Park- Rifle Falls State Park features a triple waterfall that has been a tourist attraction since 1883.
Rifle Gap State Park- Lying at an elevation of 6,000 feet, the recreation opportunities at Rifle Gap State Park focus upon fishing, water sports and camping.
Rifle Ranger District- The Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest is located around the town of Rifle, west of Glenwood Springs.
Vega State Park- Vega Lake is a beautiful high-mountain lake that sits in a glorious alpine meadow on the west edge of Grand Mesa National Forest.

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Rifle Gap State Park
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Rifle Gap State Park
Description - 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.

Rifle is a ranching town on the Colorado River. It is a popular base camp for elk and deer hunters during the fall months. During the warmer months people flock to Rifle Gap Falls and Reservoir, which is located 15 miles north of town. BLM lands and the White River National Forest surround Rifle and draw recreationists of all types to the area.

Attractions - Rifle is a ranching town on the Colorado River. It is a popular base camp for elk and deer hunters during the fall months. During the warmer months people flock to Rifle Gap Falls and Reservoir, which is located 15 miles north of town. BLM lands and the White River National Forest surround Rifle and draw recreationists of all types to the area.

Recreation - Hunting, mountain biking, hiking, boating, fishing, horseback riding, camping and picnicking are accessible in the public lands that surround Rifle.

Climate - The elevation of Rifle is approximately 5,400 feet. The climate is mild with four definable seasons. Winters can be brutal with lots of snow, but they are mild compared to many mountain towns in Colorado. Summers are usually warm to hot with storms most afternoons. Rifle lies in a large river valley which draws warm air from the Grand Junction area.

Location - Rifle is located 28 miles west of Glenwood Springs on Interstate 70. It also lies at the confluence of Rifle Creek and the Colorado River.


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Filed By: Ron Gideon (New Castle, In)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful! My route began in Yampa and ended in Meeker. The road is unpaved and has washboards. My tires were medium wear. Had a flat as I reached summit of Dunkley pass. Driving a Cadillac. Put on my doughnut spare and decided to go on since we were close to our campground destination. Crossed over Ripple Creek Pass and went into a nice thousand trails campground where I noticed another of my tires was going low. The campground host had an air compressor and some plugs. I left the wife and kids to set up camp and was glad to see pavement about 5 miles further down the road that led to Meeker. I put air in the bad tire that we had patched since I had already lost 12 psi. I made it to Rifle and bought a new set of tires all around, went back to camp and we had a great time. I have lived in Colorado two times before, but had forgotten that the unpaved roads are not covered with gravel but crushed rock. Some have very sharp edges. This is a beautiful tour, but make sure your tires are in really good shape. Also turn off your A/C when climbing Dunckley and Ripple Creek Passes. It is slow going and my engine overheated going up Dunckley. I had no trouble once I turned off my A/C. One other thing. It will serve you well to stop at a Ranger station and get a map that shows Routt, Rio Blanco, and Garfield counties as they are larger scaled and more detailed. They should show the Flat tops Wilderness and White River Nat'l Forest.Have a nice trip. Yours truly and slightly embarassed, Ron Gideon


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Contact Information:
Rifle Chamber of Commerce, 200 Lions Park Cr , Rifle, CO, 81650, Phone: 800-842-2085

Additional Information:
Colorado Community Areas - Colorado's diverse communities include metropolitan areas, posh ski resorts and rustic mountain towns.
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.

Links:
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers - Volunteer Opportunities in This Area
White River National Forest - Official Forest Service website.

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