Things To Do
Rifle Falls State Park is a 48-acre pocket-sized park that hides in a canyon north of Rifle Gap State Park. The area’s main feature is Rifle Falls, with three 70-foot waterfalls plunging off a limestone cliff. The water thunders off rocks below, filling the air with a fine mist that transforms the arid canyon into a verdant oasis. Park rangers call it “Colorado’s Hawaii” with ferns growing in moist cracks, spray-drenched rocks cloaked in moss, and the smell of water perfuming the air. Visitors come to enjoy the scenic falls, stay in the campground, hike park trails, and picnic under shady cottonwoods and box elders. Several small caves in the cliff below the falls entice spelunkers to squirm underground. Rifle Falls is also a popular spot for weddings.
Recommended season(s): May to October is best.
—Stewart M. Green