The main draw at Rifle Gap is a large 350 acre reservoir perfect for water sports.
The park is open year round for recreation and located about 15 minutes from downtown Rifle. During warmer seasons boating, fishing and swimming are popular. During winter, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing are common.
After hours is a special time at this park. Midnight anglers can be seen casting lines off their boats into the wee hours of morning. Another benefit of the park’s seclusion and high-elevation is the millions of stars visible in the sky. There’s a true feeling of wilderness at Rifle Gap.
There are 89 campsites, mostly lake-side. Fees run $16-$24/night depending on basic, electric or full hook-up. Rifle Falls also has a small campground. It’s located 5 miles north on Co Rd 325 and offers unique recreation, including caves and waterfalls.
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Address: 5775 Colorado 325, Rifle
Vehicle Fee: $7/daily, $70/annual
Camping: 5 campgrounds, 89 sites, year round, electric & hook-ups, Reservations