Three Forks Trail is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rifle, Colorado that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from May until November.
Since this is a very remote and seldom used trail, wildlife and signs of wildlife are abundant. Mule deer, elk, black bear, and beavers are all present. The trail parallels the mellow Three Forks Creek - though that's not to say these waters haven't seen their fare share of activity. There are over 30 beaver dams constructed along the creek. Enjoy excellent fishing, with brook trout averaging nine to 11 inches. Rainbow and brown trout can also be found. On your ride, you'll see aspen, sub-alpine fir, spruce, oak brush, serviceberry, and willows along the banks of the creek. The trail rolls over hilly terrain, through dense conifer and aspen forests, and past many beaver ponds. The trail is remote and sees little traffic, owing primarily to its severely overgrown segments. With a variety of creeks in the area, there are a few muddy sections.