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Pets allowed
Yes
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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Rifle Falls have been a tourist attraction since the late 1800s when visitors would rent cabins and explore the falls and limestone caves just like tourists do today. While this tiny park (less than 100 acres) isn't Yosemite, it is a great place to have a picnic and explore the outstanding falls and surrounding limestone caves.

Past the entrance to the park there is a small campground with 13 electric RV/tent sites and seven walk-in sites that are all in a shady grove by East Rifle Creek. The day use area has several picnic tables along the creek below the falls. A short walk leads to views of Rifle Falls. The triple falls flow with force all year long, and the spray creates a lush green oasis. There are trails that climb up both sides of the falls, offering several fenced viewing spots, and a loop can easily be made going up one side and down the other. Along the lower trails on both sides of the falls are several limestone caves that are easy and fun to explore; kids of all ages will love these. Some of the caves go back pretty far, so bring a flashlight or two, but they aren't technical. Besides the trails around the falls, there is a 1-mile trail up the creek to a fish hatchery and a shorter trail down the creek to the park boundary, where a short loop can be walked back through the campground.

Rifle Falls wasn't always a triple falls. In 1910 the town of Rifle built a hydroelectric plant (the remains of which have now been turned into a small amphitheater), and divided the falls into three flows. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Pros

Easily-accessible waterfalls. Caves to explore. Nice campground.

Cons

None.

Address

CO-325
10379
Rifle, CO 81650
United States

Features

ADA accessible
Geologically significant
Campgrounds + Campsites
Amphitheater
Historically significant
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Waterfalls
Fishing

Site type

Full hookups

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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