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Coyote and Squirrel Loop Trails

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Coyote and Squirrel Loop Trails is a 1.7 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.

1.7 miles
193 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running









Located in Rifle Falls State Park, Rifle, CO

4 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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

9 months 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.

9 months 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.

10 months 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.

10 months 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.

10 months 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.

11 months ago

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

Saturday, March 17, 2018

beautiful and easy hike

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.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

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

Friday, January 05, 2018

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

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Hiked on Christmas. Nothing strenuous. Beautiful views.

Friday, December 08, 2017

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

Sunday, October 29, 2017

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!

Friday, August 25, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Easy loop.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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.

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