Fall for Rifle Falls State Parks’ offerings
Rifle Falls State Park is one of the easiest natural waterfalls to access in Colorado.
Three falls cascade 70-feet into a large pool making a dramatic backdrop for picnics, group gatherings and other family activities.
The mist and condensation from the falls provides lush vegetation in the campgrounds where 13 pull-in campsites and seven rustic walk-in sites can be reserved at the Colorado State Parks website, http://www.parks.state.co.us. This is a very popular camping area so make reservations well in advance of a planned trip. A short trail connects the campground to the falls.
In the summer, the campground hosts a variety of various educational programs at the Mountain Mist Amphitheater. The programs are free after the purchase of a daily or overnight parks pass.
The falls feed into East Rifle Creek, a well-known stream for rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout fishing. Fisherman must have a valid Colorado fishing license.
The park’s three hiking trails meander through riparian areas, habitat for birds and other wildlife.
The Bobcat Trail is a easy jaunt and leads to the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery. The hatchery offers free self-guided tours to the public during the summer months.
No room at the falls?
Just minutes away along Colorado Highway 325, Rifle Gap State Park offers boating, water skiing, fishing swimming and windsurfing.
The 350-acre reservoir has 89 camping sites and offers year-round camping. Reservations are advised.
Rifle Gap is a popular fishing lake and is kept well-stocked by the local hatchery. The beach, picnic areas and lake can be busy during the summer months, but still a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts.