Three Forks Trail

EASY 5 reviews
#130 of 191 trails in

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. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

10.4 miles
1863 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


mountain biking

trail running


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.

3 months ago

Love this trail. Never busy and great views. The trail is kind of hard to get to, but once you get through Rifle Mountain Park, just keep going until you see the sign for it.

7 months ago

a great moderate mountain bike trail

10 months ago

If you go really early (7am), or before it gets busy by 10, this is a pleasant, easy trail. It's great for dogs because there are a few river crossings. I recommend wearing longer pants or leggings due to how narrow the trail is, and there's hog weed in the area.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Beautiful views! A couple of stream crossings and a few trees across the trail.