Review: Colorado – Rifle Falls and Rifle Gap State Parks

Rifle Falls State Park’s lush vegetation and waterfalls have attracted photographers and movie crews from around the country who come to capture the area’s unique scenery.   [ See our YouTube Video ] 

The falls is a lush area of trees and greenery kept moist by the spray of the cascading triple waterfall. Picnicking near the falls is very popular. Mysterious limestone caves beneath the falls entice spelunkers and other curious visitors to explore their dark depths. Because of its dramatic setting, many weddings and events have been held at Rifle Falls. We visited the park in July of 2018.

Year-round Camping
Campers get a taste of the tropics when they arrive at Rifle Falls State Park. The greenery comes as a lush, gorgeous surprise to many visitors. A well-groomed hiking trail connects the triple waterfall to the campground. The campground is open year-round.

Rifle Falls State Park has 13 drive-in and seven walk-in campsites that sit to the south along East Rifle Creek. In 1998, the park underwent a facelift: new pavement, picnic tables, interpretive signs and increased handicapped access. “Roughing it” is a little easier with electricity at many campsites. Walk-in tent sites and sites with electric hookups are also available in the winter. See Rifle Falls’ Camping page for ?more information. The drive-in RV/tent campsites include picnic tables, fire rings, 30 amp electrical outlets and increased handicapped access. Shared water hydrants are located throughout the park.

Keep in mind that Rifle Falls is a VERY busy place during the summer months!  Many people want to see the beauty that the park has to offer, however, parking is very limited and we do turn people away when the parking area is full. 

Rifle Gap State Park

The clean, clear waters of Rifle Gap State Park’s 350-acre reservoir provide some of the best boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing and windsurfing in Colorado.?

The long, narrow reservoir is inviting to water-skiers, jet-skiers and power boaters. Rifle Gap often has good conditions for sailing and windsurfing. The beach on the west side of the reservoir is popular for its swimming  Rifle Gap anglers catch rainbow and German brown trout, walleye, pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass and yellow perch.

Camping in the park’s 89 sites and picnicking are also popular. In the winter, anglers bundle up for ice fishing.  Check Rifle Gap’s current boating, fishing and other conditions.

Year-round Camping

Rifle Gap’s 89 sites are open to campers throughout the year, including the winter. Rifle Gap is close to many other outdoor attractions and is 40 miles from Glenwood Springs’ famous hot springs. For more information, visit the Camping page.

Boating Information

OHV, boat and snowmobile registrations are available at the Visitor Center.