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Great trail. Wagon worthy. had lunch and caught a tan

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

hiking
28 days ago

Jun 16, 2017 Started from the lower trailhead just past the Rifle Mountain Park. Trail is well used the first mile or so, but then becomes more overgrown. Watch for trail markers to stay on the trail. Dogs are allowed off leash (under voice control). First half mile is pretty flat, and then is a steady climb after that. Trail was free of snow, but had a few muddy spots. We didn't hike all the way to the end because of threatening weather and the scenery is really average. We enjoyed the first part of the trail more than the later part. Hiked about a total of 10 miles. We were the first ones at the trail head when we arrived at 10am and only saw one other hiker and his dog. Two other cars at the trailhead as we were leaving.

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

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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hiking
6 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.

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

fishing
6 months ago

Best in the spring. Not much hiking, but there are some trails within a short drive.

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

Hiked on Christmas. Nothing strenuous. Beautiful views.

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

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!

hiking
9 months ago

lots to see and do good family trip!

a great moderate mountain bike trail

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.

Easy loop.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nice little hike. Pretty waterfalls You can follow up. Bring a garbage bag to help pick up trash though.

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.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

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.

hiking
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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