Explore the most popular hiking trails near Rifle with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

13 hours ago

Not really a hike, more like a viewpoint, but the hiking trail to the right of the falls is pretty fun! Lots of caves to climb around in and a pretty view of the river at the top.

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

hiking
29 days ago

Worth the climb to the arch! There are definitely some inclines on the way. Beautiful, but little shade. There’s a spot where it looks like the trail splits three ways, stay left.

hiking
1 month ago

I’m surprised that this doesn’t have a higher rating on AllTrails. The falls are beautiful & there are fun short surrounding trails. Park sign says there are moose, but unfortunately we didn’t see any. Park has very limited parking.... the campsites look very nice. The $7 admission to park, includes the nearby Riffle Gap reservoir. Wish we had more time to explore, but given the limited number of ratings on this site & the mediocre overall rating — we didn’t plan much time.

hiking
1 month ago

I arrived early on a Wednesday morning (7AM) and there was only one other person. The park opens at 6AM, and before 8AM, you pay at the self-pay kiosk, before the attendant at the gate starts duty. Parking is very limited; only 13 spots at the trailhead. I was a bit surprised how small the park is. It’s directly off a winding country road. All that being said, the falls are beautiful. You can explore the falls from a variety of angles and the caves above. It’s a very easy hike. There’s just a bit of a commercial/tourist attraction vibe to it though.

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

backpacking
2 months ago

right off hwy 13 ,go thru the gate and follow the trail,dont let it fool you it's a good hike thru the mountains once you get to the second bench ,then it's a real climb to get in the arch not too bad tho bring plenty of water for sure epic views from in the arch

2 months ago

beautiful views

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

A nice add-on either to or from Rifle Falls. And, yes, there are actually lower and upper falls at the end of this hike. Interestingly, these falls are from the canal that starts at Rifle Falls.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy but beautiful hike. Extend the hike by taking the trail to the fish hatchery.

Either the map took me to the wrong place; but this was more like a path to a fishing spot. Beautiful, just not what I had in mind for a trail:)

hiking
2 months ago

This is an easy trail. About half of it is fairly open, the other half going through a forested area. A small creek runs parallel at the bottom of Morrow Draw. If you take the short side trail at the Cemetery waypoint, you will be able to see the only cemetery in Rifle (Rose Hill). It is a beautiful cemetery, and if you go to the far west end you will get a great view of Rifle in the valley below.

solid. very little shade from the sun during the day. we went around 430 pm and there were pockets of shade on the way up, comfortable sunset on the way back. three distinct points require climbing, otherwise a comfy flat stroll. the three points will get your heart rate up, for sure. gets pretty intense if you want to climb to the arch itself, but you can always sit on the bench before the final incline and enjoy the view.

Well this is a beautiful lake in the middle of the mountains. But on vacation with the kids we figured after several hikes in the area we’d cool off in the beach area. The kids had a marvelous time with their mud bath but I was hoping for a sandy walk in or even a gravel walk in but it was MUD that went to your knees. I love getting muddy with the kids any other Midwest lake adventure but there is no place to clean the mud off so we walked to the boat ramp and did the best we could for the drive down the pass. Not a reservoir I’m likely to visit again.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

It is an enjoyable hike. High desert for most of the way so there is little shade until you get closer to the arch. Once you get to the base of the final incline there is a bench to sit back and enjoy. The climb to the top of the trail that ends under the arch is very steep and rocky so if you brought your dog but you want to see the top you might want to consider tying him to that bench. I didn’t realize how steep that climb was until I got to the top and started to make my way down. It gave me a little rush of vertigo!

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

Nice easy trail. Saw a bull moose about 2 miles in!!! Steep ravine and creek separated us, when we crossed the creek to his side we turned back. Respect the power of the moose!

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.

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

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
5 months 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.

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