​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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. Rifle Falls State Park is located at 5775 Highway 325 in Rifle, Colorado. For more information, click here.

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.

Picture is owned by Joe Moschetti

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.

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 they do turn people away when the parking area is full.  As always I suggest visiting during the weekdays to avoid crowds.

This picture is owned by Joe Moschetti

​​​​Rifle Falls’ trails are the closest you’ll get to hiking in the tropics in Colorado. Three hiking trails meander through the park providing access up to and above the falls, along East Rifle Creek, and to the fish hatchery. Around the falls you will find a lush area of trees and greenery kept moist by the spray of the cascading triple waterfall. With a 70-foot change in elevation, hiking is fairly easy.

Rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout are found in East Rifle Creek, which flows through Rifle Falls. Fish up to 19 inches long have been taken, with 6- to 9- inch fish being the average size.

Rifle Falls State Park is an amazing park to hike, camp and explore! The falls are absolutely gorgeous and the trail system is fantastic too. This is a place I highly recommend visiting.

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