Rifle Falls State Park
Garfield County, northeast of Rifle
Rifle Falls is lush with vegetation, not to mention its dramatic waterfalls. Movie crews and photographers frequent the site to record its unique scenery.
A triple waterfall is surrounded by trees and greenery kept moist by the spray of water. Limestone caves beneath the falls can be explored by amateur spelunkers.
The setting lures many events, including weddings, to its Mountain Mist Amphitheatre.
Campsites are located along East Rifle Creek. Many have electricity; some sites are open in the winter.
Fishing for rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout is available in East Rifle Creek.
Three hiking trails with a 70-foot change in elevation access up to and above the falls, along East Rifle Creek, and to the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery. The hatchery, run by the Colorado Division of Wildlife upstream of the falls, is one of the largest trout production hatcheries in Colorado. Tours are available in the summer.
Rifle Falls, Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap are neighboring parks and share offices.
Rifle Falls State Park office
5775 Colorado 325
Rifle, CO 81650
Park hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., 24 hours for anglers and campers.
Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends variable.