Description - The Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest is located around the
town of Rifle, west of Glenwood Springs.
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Rifle Falls State Park
- The Rifle Ranger District is administered by the White River National Forest. The
forest as a whole, and this ranger district in particular, are rich with cultural
history and amazing outdoor opportunities.
The first human use probably
occurred from 5,000 to 10, 000 years ago. The Ute Indians were the last Native
American Tribe to inhabit the area. The Ute trail from Meeker to Dotsero was a
frequently traveled route for these Native Americans. Signs of the early uses of
the land by European settlers can still be seen in abandoned mines, wagon
roads, and cabins. If you come across these artifacts in your travels, please
leave them for future visitors to appreciate.
National forests are still
earmarked for multiple uses today. Camping hunting, fishing, and hiking are
available throughout the district. Winter brings snow and a variety of cross-
country and snowmobile trails with it. Though known for many outdoor
activities, it should be noted that the area rock climbing is amazing.
Recreation - Hunting, mountain biking, hiking, boating, fishing, horseback riding, camping
and picnicking are accessible in the public lands that surround Rifle.
Climate - Climate conditions in Colorado should be taken seriously throughout the state.
Snow and ice are common on roads and trails from mid-October through late
April. In the summer months snow is still possible but less common. Varying
conditions throughout a given day can be expected throughout the year.
Remember that summer days can typically have beautiful sunny mornings and
short sudden thunderstorms in the afternoon. Please prepare appropriately for
your outdoor experience.
Rifle is located 28 miles west of Glenwood Springs and 62 miles east of Grand
Junction on Interstate 70.