The small nice state park. Honestly, there is not much to write about the place. When I started the whole Colorado and Wyoming vacation, I mostly walked through my saves on Instagram and Pinterest. This park I found by chance, one photographer’s site and then an excellent source of the locations, www.americansouthwest.net had the photos and a small description. Though the area is quite a remote (Google Maps tells that it’s 180 smth miles from Denver), for us, it was very convenient. We drove that back from Wyoming through Utah’s part of Flaming Gorge. And Rifle Falls was the fantastic late-day stop on the road.
The park is small, has a slight elevation change. There three trails. 1,5 miles Squirrel Trail that walks around the walk-in campsites and ends near the parking lot for the falls. Coyote Trail, another 1,5 miles, goes around waterfalls, and have access to limestone caves. There is even no need to hike all 1,5 miles. The falls are right near the trailhead.
Again, it was one of our luckiest stop of the trip. We were the second car in the parking lot and the only people near the falls. I should say it was an hour and a half before the sunset and Thursday.
On the way back to the car we met the pair of deer. They weren’t scared of us at all. I came close to them, and only then they moved to the nearby bushes.
Google Maps link.
Official Colorado Parks & Wildlife site.