Explore the most popular trails in Rifle Falls State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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. 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. Because of its dramatic setting, many weddings and events have been held at Rifle Falls.

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24 days ago

Pretty. Easy. The caves were pretty awesome and the view from the top of the falls is beautiful.

4 months ago

Not really a hike, more like a viewpoint, but the hiking trail to the right of the falls is pretty fun! Lots of caves to climb around in and a pretty view of the river at the top.

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5 months ago

I’m surprised that this doesn’t have a higher rating on AllTrails. The falls are beautiful & there are fun short surrounding trails. Park sign says there are moose, but unfortunately we didn’t see any. Park has very limited parking.... the campsites look very nice. The $7 admission to park, includes the nearby Riffle Gap reservoir. Wish we had more time to explore, but given the limited number of ratings on this site & the mediocre overall rating — we didn’t plan much time.

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5 months ago

I arrived early on a Wednesday morning (7AM) and there was only one other person. The park opens at 6AM, and before 8AM, you pay at the self-pay kiosk, before the attendant at the gate starts duty. Parking is very limited; only 13 spots at the trailhead. I was a bit surprised how small the park is. It’s directly off a winding country road. All that being said, the falls are beautiful. You can explore the falls from a variety of angles and the caves above. It’s a very easy hike. There’s just a bit of a commercial/tourist attraction vibe to it though.

Really pretty. Crowded on Sat at the falls but not the longer trail. $7 day pass required.

6 months ago

beautiful views

nice trail off the main trail leads you thru the back country to the fish hatchery,bring you some water and get a good hiking stick

Falls are beautiful. Arrived early on a Tuesday in September and had the trail to myself. Squirrel trail follows a canal along red and white geological wonders. While the trails aren’t epic, the falls are worth the trip.

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6 months ago

Easy but beautiful hike. Extend the hike by taking the trail to the fish hatchery.

This hike was a beautiful surprise to explore. The caves were a marvelous find as well, which are along the hike to the top of the falls. My teenagers loved this hike. We’ve visited many caves in the past all over USA and it is always “ look but don’t touch”. These were completely touch, climb and explore the many rooms. Bummed that we didn’t bring head lamps to get a better view of the roofs of the caves.

Great, easy hike for families and dogs! The kids loved the waterfalls and caves!

It is a very easy, small hike, and very busy with people traffic. I do agree with other hikers, that it very short distance to spend the day fee just for the hike. Would recommend if you have time to do one of the other trails as well or have a picnic while your here.

small parking lot and not a hike really. However a very pretty area to hangout and relax. Pretty crowded

Very pleasant walk! The waterfalls are stunning and the caves are so much fun to explore! Much worth it!

Awesome views. Worth the trip but more of a walk than a hike

The falls were pretty nice on this short, easy hike. There is a day use fee to come to this area so bring a lunch or something and do the small hike and then relax.

Very short walk. Well worth it. Pretty water, clean and relaxing. Surprising pleasant. Recommend

Nothing strenuous here. We actually drove 3 hours from Denver expecting a bit more. I do not think the coyote trail is 2 miles at all. Maybe if you include all of squirrel(which I think is a dead end) and bobcat too. We were disappointed in the hiking here. The waterfall is GORGEOUS and caves are cool for kids.

The vibe is a lot of picnic tables and about 8 camping pads. It’s $7 to get in. If you live in the area it would be nice for a picnic but nothing more IMO.

A great trail for easy hiking and sightseeing. I love the squirrel trail, especially where the creek ends into a very creepy cave! I’ve seen three snakes on the trails, and I enjoy the varying environments.

great hike to break up a long drive. we did this with 5 kids, ages 5 months to 8 years old plus 2 dogs. the drive up to the park was beautiful as well.

Yikes! It’s too bad this beautiful landscape is a disaster. Where do I start? Maybe the trash that liters the caves and paths around the falls where there’s plenty of trash cans available. Maybe the giant dog turds in the middle of the trail despite there being waste bags provided. Maybe the rampant children running around like it’s a Chuck E Cheese, climbing in and on everything which apparently is a no-no. Maybe the human piss in all the caves.
Yeah, it’s pretty, but I wouldn’t go back. It’s been ruined by polluting crowds that can’t respect nature or apparently hold it long enough to find a bathroom.
Do better out there.

Great hike to do with the family! There are caves and beautiful views from behind and on top of the waterfall also on the Coyote Trail. My youngest was 2 and we used a jogging stroller and didn't have any problems with it on the trail. The parking lot at the falls was full by mid-afternoon so we drove further up the road to a dirt lot. It's another mile down to the falls if you follow the trail that starts there. There is a creek and some hatchery ponds but once you're on the main trail, it's pretty covered.

No complaints. I go here at least 5 times a year. Hike, picnics, jog, ice cave exploring, photo-shoots and more.

beautiful and easy hike

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Nice hike, the lake/waterfall was not frozen.

Some of the trail had tree cover, sunscreen optional.

Recommend micro spikes or something similar due to the ice/snow on the trail.

Arrived at the trail-head on Sat around 0900 and parking lot was empty.

Cost to get into the park was $7 and well worth it. Also highly recommend driving a few more miles down the road to the lower and upper ice caves. The ice caves are also part of the Rifle Falls State Park, which is past the fish hatcheries.

AllTrails does not have a way to communicate with other outdoor enthusiast, I can be reached on Facebook Messenger if you have any questions about this trail.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Easy trail for a weekend stroll. Lovely views and not too busy.

Great views, awesome waterfalls, and cool caves to explore. Perfect winter hike.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Hiked on Christmas. Nothing strenuous. Beautiful views.

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Beautiful waterfall! The caves are pretty cool too! I highly recommend if you have an extra 2 hours one day!

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