Rifle Falls State Park

Rifle Falls State Park is located on CO State Hwy 325 about 14 miles north of the town of Rifle. This is a very scenic little park (48 acres) with a triple waterfall as its centerpiece. The Park is always lush and green because of the continuous supply of water in the form of mist from the waterfalls. It's a popular spot for picnics, weddings, events, and of course photographers. That's my poor excuse for including so many photos of the falls.

East Rifle Creek

Rifle Falls

Rifle Falls

Base of Rifle Falls

Two left-most waterfalls

Alcove behind Falls

Side View

Alcove behind falls

Rifle Falls

Rifle Falls

Rifle Falls

Limestone Caves

The limestone below the falls is riddled with caves, so if you're a spelunker bring your gear.

Limestone Cave

Limestone Cave

Limestone Cave

Limestone Formations

Above the Falls

Pond above the Falls

Red Winged Blackbird
(Agelaius phoeniceus)

Canada Goose
(Branta canadensis)

View of East Rifle Creek from above the falls

Bridge across creek above falls

Rifle Falls from Above


Rifle Falls State Park has 13 drive-in and seven walk-in campsites along East Rifle Creek. I strongly suggest making reservations because of the popularity of the park. I was tent camping and was fortunate enough to get the last walk-in site (#20). The park provides hand carts for lugging your gear to the walk-in sites. Many of the drive-in campsites have electric hookups.

Campsite #20

Campsite #20

East Rifle Creek behind campsite

Rifle Gap State Park

Rifle Gap State Park is 4.5 miles south of Rifle Falls on CO Hwy 325. It has a nice visitor center with information and displays about the area. The park is built around a 360-acre reservoir with opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking. The reservoir looked like it was only about half full the last time I was there, like most other lakes and reservoirs in Colorado (keep praying for rain).

Visitor Center

Reservoir at Rifle Gap

Rifle Gap Reservoir

Everything Aquatic

Fun on the water

Tow behind

Toys for rent?

Fishing Boats


Rifle Gap State Park has 80+ campsites spread over 4 campgrounds (Cedar, Lakeview, Pinon, and Sage) that have different amenities. Lakeview has full RV hookups, Cedar has electricity, and Pinon and Sage have only basic campsites. I stayed in campsite 63 at Cedar Campground my last visit. It's a pull-through with electric hookup.

Campsite in Pinon Campground

Tent camping at Pinon

My little Scamp

Cedar Campground

Vault toilet, bathroom with shower, dumpsters
Cedar Campground

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