Coyote and Squirrel Loop Trails

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Coyote and Squirrel Loop Trails is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rifle, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.1 miles
232 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running









Located in Rifle Falls State Park, Rifle, CO

13 days ago

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.

29 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

beautiful and easy hike

5 months ago

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.

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5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Hiked on Christmas. Nothing strenuous. Beautiful views.

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

Short but sweet hike. We had been up since 5am hiking around the area and made this our last stop. Easy you get to see the falls from both the top and bottom as well as a few small caves. The drive from Glenwood Springs to this hike was almost just as lovely!

9 months ago

Good day hike. There are caves and the waterfall is beautiful. Went when it was slightly raining and it was a good time to go since the park wasn't as full.

11 months ago

Easy loop.

11 months ago

A pretty easy hike. I went about 4pm on a Wednesday and had plenty of time to see everything. The falls are caves were very cool. It was kinda crowed even at that time.

11 months ago

Very easy walk with beautiful waterfalls. Great in the evening, we hiked at 6 pm.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The falls are nice and unquestionably the highlight of the trail, though you don't have walk more an 30 seconds from the parking lot to see them. The trail itself takes you up above the falls, which gives a decent view. The caves are a unique feature, but the rest of the trail isn't anything too special.

Friday, June 09, 2017

We just did the Coyote Loop because we've been away from hiking for awhile and not yet acclimated to the altitude. It was a great hike, easy if your lungs are used to the O2 tension. Worth it otherwise. Steps on steep sections. Benches at several spots. Waterfall is really cool (three separate cascades) and the hike to them is not more than about 200 yds. from parking area and mostly flat to the base of falls.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Super easy hike but really beautiful.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Beautiful falls. Definitely climb behind the falls and up to the top. Some kids were hot boxing the caves...but i guess thats colorado. make sure to bring a head lamp or strong torch if you want to go in the caves.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

was not a mountain bike trail

Friday, May 05, 2017

Easy trail, add Bobcat trail for a removal from the crowd that gather at the base of the falls, which are immediate at Trail heads. Camping sites and simple bathrooms nearby, does require a state park access: $7.
A lovely place and easy hike. The caves are fun; bring a flashlight or just use your phone.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The waterfalls make it worthwhile and you can do some quick cave dwelling. The drive to the area is quite beautiful, the state park and reservoir makes the trip exciting. It's a short trail and you can skip to the good parts if you want.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Campsites were amazing..
The short hike is absolutely beautiful, the caves and waterfall are so much fun..Go early and it isn't too busy. More people started showing up the warmer it got.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Waterfalls were nice, the canal was interesting. Great campsites.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Beautiful place and very scenic. The hike to the hatchery was gorgeous but not much to see at the hatchery. I recommend going in the morning because it starts to get crowded in the afternoon.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Awesome little trail! beautiful scenery :-)

Thursday, June 02, 2016

We grabbed a campsite for a short stint at Rifle Falls over Memorial Day, and I couldn't be more complimentary of this place! The camp site was roomy, well-shaded, spaced out from its neighbors, and right by the creek. The trails are little more than easy strolls. The falls are beautiful and have lots of interesting cave nooks to explore. Overall, wouldn't come here if I were looking for a strenuous spot to exercise, but to down a couple beers and enjoy the nature? Perfect. Very relaxing, great climate, lots of greenery. Couldn't have asked for a better weekend away.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Its ok

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