There are only 13 RV sites and 7 tent sites, so we felt the need to book online, which costs $10. Then you have to pay a $7 day use fee, which makes it a bit expensive at $39 altogether. The place is very attractive with grass and trees and the sites are very spacious, 8 pull through loops and four back ins. There is no TV (or internet, but didn't expect that) and the restrooms are just vault toilets. The trail to the waterfall continues on past a cave and up to the top of the falls, worth the walk. We also did the squirrel trail. It's a 12 mile drive after you turn off the I-70 but worth it. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This S.P. is immaculate! Grass was mowed and cared for better than most peoples lawns. Sites were level, tables good, electric was fine. This is NOT a party park so you will get a good nights' sleep. We will go back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a beautiful state park, green lush vegetation. All of the utilities worked great. There are no showers here and you have to share the water faucet with your neighbor. There are a number of trails in the park with one going to the falls. The bathrooms (2) are heavily used due to the heavy stream of people coming in to the park to use their day facilities and trails, one being the trail (short) to the falls. The bathrooms are clean but really smell bad. Just up above the fish hatchery which is on hwy 325 the one you drove up on (the kids can feed the fish) is a beautiful 2 mile drive that goes through a slot type canyon with sheer walls with lots of vegetation with a creek that runs along the road. This drive is not to be missed, it’s gorgeous!! The town of Rifle owns the property and there are numerous picnic tables along the 2 miles. There is a fee to use the area if you park to picnic or use their trail to the Ice Cave. While on this drive you’ll see rock climbers along the way. The road is hard packed dirt and is in very good condition, you don’t need a 4x4. The dump station is located at Rifle Gap State Park and is easy to get in and out of. If it wasn’t for all the foot and car traffic we would come back, but we really enjoyed the drive above the hatchery and the falls. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I would highly recommend Rifle Falls, not only for the falls themselves (which were pretty), but for the campground in general. We were impressed with the shade and the greenery (after all, this is western COLORADO, not western OREGON). We stayed in the handicapped-access site because my elderly mother was staying with us; it was a completely paved site and had a high fire ring built into the slab itself. Had it not been for the unbelievable wind gusts we experienced it would have been very enjoyable by the fire. I think that when we return we'll try to stay with friends at #10 & 11 --still close to the stream, but also close to the falls. Keep in mind that school groups often come here, so if you want to avoid crowds I'd recommend the weekend. If you're looking for flush toilets, just don't bother coming. They have vault toilets and, yes, they stink. We have a bathroom in our RV and I'm really glad. It is what it is, though, and since you're reading this you can come prepared (with a clothespin for your nose). We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a really nice park. It is tucked way back off the I-70. But it's quiet and very lovely. There is a nice trail to walk around and the campground was well kept. We only stayed one night, and did not have reservations but the camp host was able to get us in. Not terribly big. We didn't use the restrooms, so I don't know about the facilities. Nice place to stop. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Rifle Falls is incredibly beautiful. We had a great site, stayed in site 4, it was shaded and very nice, along the water although a steep drop to the water but listening to it was great. There is so much foliage you can't see the water unless you walk over to look at it. The falls are beautiful, there is a hike with caves along it, you hike up one side of the falls and up over them and then back down on the other side. There is a fish hatchery near for the kids. We will definitely go back. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Beautiful area, only about 5 or 6 miles from town. Campsites were large, not close together, many with beautiful views of the surrounding area or of the lake. Peaceful, relaxing area, clean, very well-kept. Restrooms were clean, well maintained; and showers are available with "quarters", but plenty of change machines available. Electric, sewer, and water hook ups all worked fine, but water wasn't very drinkable. We had plenty of bottled water, so it wasn't a problem. Also, note that we couldn't get any cell phone reception with AT&T, but we could drive 3 or so miles back into town and get reception just fine. Would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground has wonderful flat, blacktop sites. We had full hookups. Very nice, seemingly new and clean restrooms. Only drawback is that there is no shade in this campground. The only shade available is in the tent only campground sites. We paid $21 with CO Aspen Leaf Pass (Senior). This would rate a 10 if there were shaded sites. Our site did have a shelter over the picnic table. If boating and fishing are what you are looking for, check this park out in the cooler months. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Campground was adequate. The fee was not justified, however. There's a transaction fee to make reservations plus Colorado state park entrance fee that was $7 more per day. The lake was down, and park service can't help that or the fact that it's just dry and the drinking water is slightly tan and mineral-laden. We have a Colorado park pass, which must be glued to your front windshield. Permanently. We're from another state and will only use the pass for two weeks this year. But we're stuck with the blooming decal forever!!! Other states give card pass which must be accompanied by photo ID. That's a better method. I realize this practice is not the policy for Rifle St Park. Still, I would not return there . It was not even close to getting value for cost. I've stayed in three star hotels thru Priceline for same nightly rate. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is the cleanest campground we have ever stayed in, and we've stayed in hundreds. Mountain and lake view is awesome. Bathrooms and showers are nicer than most hotels. Tiled walls and floors, shiny sinks and faucets. Camp loop is paved and wide two-way driveway. Site pad is concrete and wide. Many (not all) site picnic tables have shade covers. Fine gravel surface around table is raked and smoothed after each site is vacated and made ready for the new arrival. No trash anywhere. Camp hosts greet you and are very helpful. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The rate reflects the campsite plus the $7 daily park fee. If you have the annual Colorado State Parks pass, it's only $24. Lakeview loop was nicer than most commercial campgrounds we've been in. There's a nice mix of pull-throughs and back-ins, but they're all huge and easy to get into. The sites are spaced very widely providing plenty of privacy. Utilities worked great and are full hookups. Roads are new blacktop and pads are concrete. The camp host couple did a great job, even raking out the gravel around your picnic table. It looked like a manicured Zen garden when we backed into our site. No Wi-Fi, no TV reception, no cell phone, and no data reception this far back, so if that's a requirement be prepared to drive 10 minutes back into Rifle. Rifle golf course was just outside the park and is one of the prettiest courses you'll ever see. We loved it. Be sure you take the easy hike over the top of Rifle Falls. I know there were trout in the lake, and at Harvey's Gap as well, but didn't catch them. The lake at this park is a tiny reservoir, and if you can imagine, they allow water skiing on it. It's so small they should make it a "no motor" lake, but I guess the local ski boat dealer has some influence. We'd stay here again for sure. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is probably one of the best Colorado state parks that I have visited. We used this park as our base camp for activities in the western part of the state. The park was very clean and was very modern (for Colorado state park standards) with 20/30/50 amp, water, and sewer hookups. Sites are level and concrete with a variety of pull through and back-in spots. Cell phone coverage is kind of spotty at best (at least with Verizon) which may be good or bad depending on whether or not you are trying to get away from it all. There is full cell phone signal down by the dam. I would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Open space campground on hill overlooking reservoir, mixture of pull through and back-in sites. Sites have level concrete pads and covered picnic tables. No cell phone coverage. Pretty views, lots of humming birds. Quiet. Would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Ignore the GPS and take the Rifle Exit from I-70 to get to the park. Nice big pull through sites with concrete pads and good utility placement. Good views of the lake. Lake view sites are on the hill and the section is tiered, making biking a challenge. Lots of walking available. No shade. It was around 100 while we were there. Direct sun makes things uncomfortable. Don't count on over the air TV, phone service or internet. It's too far away from town and is surrounded by canyon walls. Lake was very low this year, but lots of boating anyway. Nice boat launch in the park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Actually, we were in the Cedar Loop, space 55, but the review is the same. A little difficult to get to, CR325 is pretty narrow and curvy. Excellent location though, terrific view, level spots that were well maintained (including covered picnic table). There were two drawbacks: power only (50A, no water, no sewer) but for an overnight this was no problem. Also the rates: $20 for camping, $10 to reserve a spot, and $7 a day vehicle fee. Even so, I am still rating it high because it is such a great parking spot. We'd come here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an immaculate campground in the Rockies next to a man-made lake. The volunteer staff are friendly and helpful. The setting is beautiful. The road to the campground is narrow and winding and although manageable, is certainly a drive you will want to take slowly, if you are 40 feet long, as we are, and with a toad. The camping fee mentioned above does not include the Colorado pass required ($7-9/ night or $70/year). We used this campground just for an overnight stay on our way East, but we like it so well we will stay several days on a return trip west. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is now our favorite campground, although there is a caveat emptor:This is the worst dead zone that we have seen for phone, text and Internet. The park did not have Wi-Fi so we were isolated which was nice but next time we will let people know we will be out of contact. Price includes the $7 day park access fee. Asphalt roads and concrete pads with sites that are not jammed together. Reservation system means you have to reserve at least three days in advance and if you are a walk-in you can only pay the walk-in days. We had a 50 amp full hookup site but the water pressure was a little low. We had a back-in site that had a view of the reservoir and the mountains and was long enough that our TV could park in the site also. Had good visibility for our DirecTV satellite dish to get good reception. We will stay here again when we are in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
One of the best parks we've visited in 4 years of full timing. Spotty cell service but we really didn't care. The area is amazing. The views are lovely. The staff was friendly and helpful. Sites are huge with lovely, large gravel patios and covered picnic tables. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice campground, the only reason why it wasn't rated a 10 was due to lack of trees. But the man-made shelter supplied plenty of shade. The spot (14) was in perfect condition on arrival, and no leveling was required. The views were excellent, and spacing between sites was more than adequate. The bathroom is quite a walk from the bottom of the campground, a path down the middle of the campground would resolve this. The showers were $1/minute. Lots of bugs down on the reservoir, but not much of an issue at this upper campground. We will be returning. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Awesome campground except for no shade trees and even mid September it was hot. (Went inside and fired up the a/c @ 3pm.) Level clean spots. Some have shelter over a picnic table. Spot 34 had marginal cell service AT&T and Verizon. (I wasn't staying in 34, just found that it had service.) Showers were $1 for 4 minutes and very clean. Toilets clean too. Town of Rifle is nearby for groceries, etc. Very well kept campground, walked around and whole park. It seemed nice. The swim beach was a long ways to actual water which was muddy, not unexpected for September at a reservoir. Plan a side trip to see nearby Rifle Falls, you won't be disappointed, lots of water even in September. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Another fine Colorado State Park. Large, level sites. We had a wonderful view of the lake and surrounding mountains from high up on the hill. Very clean/meticulous upkeep. Each site appears to be hand raked and spotless when we arrived. We couldn't get AT&T cell here but we could get marginal Verizon Air card service. DirectTv no problem. Good electric and water. Not crowded at all when we were here, many sites to choose from. A very relaxing and quiet location. We would return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We had a site on top of the hill with mountains behind us and reservoir down below. Concrete level pads, full hookups and extremely well kept. We did not use the showers, but did look at them. They are coin operated, so if you will need the facility, be prepared. Staff extremely friendly. Park well patrolled, so security is good. Some campers did not pick up after their dogs, but there are such idiots in all campgrounds. It's a beautiful State Park. There is no phone signal, nor TV, or Wi-Fi, but it's a great park. We paid $6.00/day, but then we live in Florida, so did not need an annual pass. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
We had a site on the very top of the hill, overlooking the lake from a distance and other persons at the park. The park was very well maintained for a state park. There were wonderful sites for tents, very private - very busy place while we were there. We would return here. Personnel were friendly. We didn't have a Colorado State park pass, so we paid $60 for a yearly pass, which was fine. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a great state park. The sites are laid out with plenty of space on each side and at different angles so you never feel like you are too close to your neighbor. Level, concrete pads and full 50 amp hook-ups are a real plus. It is quiet and the lake and mountains provide beautiful views. We managed to get our Sprint mobile broadband to work, but the signal was very weak and would frequently drop out. Same with the phone. The roads into the park are dirt which can make the trip in and out very dusty. There is no shade and summer days can get very hot. Taking everything into account, it is a really nice campground, well-maintained and nicely laid out. We would definitely camp here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very Nice park! I would stay here more often if they had better cell service. I tried getting a booster added to my RV and truck. People there where very helpful and nice and knowledgeable about the area. I would recommenced this park but don't expect your cell phone to work. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A truly fantastic park! While there is no grass and flowering shrubs, the setting of the park is what appealed to us. We stayed here on our way to Fruita and on our return trip. The Lakeview section has full hook-ups, while other sections appear to have electric and water only. The sites are level concrete with grills, fire rings and picnic tables. Some tables are covered. the roads are gravel. The park is surrounded by mountains which make the setting spectacular. Due to this fact there is no cell phone reception which requires a 3 mile drive to get out of the mountains. The staff is friendly and helpful and there is a computer for campers use at the office. Beware of the CO state park fees on vehicles. We had to buy passes for the motorhome and towed car. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We came here for the Labor Day Weekend. The site was very level so we just pull through and started setting up the trailer. The sites were all very clean and Park Rangers were constantly around checking on campers. Our site faced the lake and the view was awesome. The sites are not crowded and we were actually pretty far from our neighbor compared to other private campgrounds. We brought with us a hummingbird bird feeder and there were tons of them around this area. This campground is also great for fishing and for people that enjoys water activities. Our kids really enjoy fishing for crawfishes. The campground is really secluded but it is not that far from town if you need to go get some stuff from the grocery store. We will definitely come back here. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed in the new full hookups section. It was very nice. The two downsides were the pay showers and the walk to the lake. There other campsite loops right on the water. This one was further. It's the only one with full hookups though. Aside from the $22 a night rate, you have to pay $6 a day entry fee. If you want to be by the water there are other good campsites. This is pretty good if you want full hookups though. We would stay again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Rifle Gap State Park is built around the reservoir created behind the Rifle Gap Dam about six or seven miles outside of Rifle. It's main purpose seems to be to give the semi-local folks somewhere to take their motor boats. It's relatively small and since motor boats are allowed you will be able to hear them during the day. The noise was not obnoxious when we were there in early season but it probably gets more crowded in July and August and therefore louder. The boat ramp is set up to handle fairly sizeable boats and there were a number of fisherman out also in the early morning and evenings. It's a popular spot. If you want a little more quiet and some trees go up the road to Rifle Falls Campground but make reservations early for that one. It's small and fills up fast. Pinion Loop at Rifle Gap State Park is a small loop and allows only tents and small RVs. The loop is high on a hill overlooking the reservoir. There are two campsites (86 and 87) that directly face the view. I stayed in 87 and I recommend 86. This is also about the only loop in the park to offer any shade. I don't fish or water ski so a couple nights was all I needed to see it, get a few good pictures and make some nice memories of camping. The campfire in the evening overlooking the reservoir and the gap with many stars and a full moon was truly awesome. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Rifle Gap has multiple loops. We stayed in Sage, which is basic only with no hookups. The rate includes a $7 a day park fee. Full hookup sites are $8 more. We had Sage all to ourselves and just dumped and filled in the morning at the dump station. Very large, level, pull thru sites, with decent separation. We overnighted here and would repeat. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice campground. Only 11 sites in this loop and all have a view of the reservoir. The host and handicapped sites have sewer, the rest do not. The bathrooms were spotless and the water/elec worked great. The rate reflects the $7/day fee the State charges but we bought the yearly pass. The correct GPS coordinates to get here are: 39.633395,-107.743748. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Cottonwood campground is one of five campgrounds in this state park. This loop only has eight sites, including the host. It is very quiet. We had 50A electric and water hookups. The toilet was very clean. This park is in a beautiful setting along a large reservoir. The best loops for our 40' motorhome would be Cottonwood, Lakeview and Cedar. Sage and Pinon are for tents and small RVs. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed on the Cottonwood loop which has only 11 sites. This campground is in a beautiful location right on the lake. We had site 8 which has a shade tree. Most of the sites did not have shade. The restrooms/showers are new and clean. The showers are set up as pay showers but they are NOT. Don't put any money in, just turn the shower on. We did not figure this out until after we has put $2.50 in. I felt the camp host should have filled us in but he did not have any contact with us, although he was around. That was the only down-side to this campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a nice state park on a small mountain lake. We were here during the week, so it was pretty quiet. My impression is that it gets busy on weekends. The loop we were on, was not paved, so it got a little dusty when the wind blew. Little hiking at this park, but Rifle Falls is just up the road and offered some nice hikes. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Going southbound toward Rifle the highway number sign is missing for this Colorado state road. Look for the signs to the correctional facility. Northbound, the signs were up. Upon entry to this park, you will be bombarded with a sign that requires a daily fee and a campground fee. With no one around, that left a big question: Do we have to pay the daily fee to find out if there are any sites available? Fortunately, a park "ranger" drove up and cleared that up. When you add the daily and CG fee, it was $24. Now, the CG. NICE! Beautiful concrete pads that were level. Electric and water were perfect. Covered picnic tables at every site. Dumpsite brand new. Lakeview and mountain view, right down the canyon over the dam. Bathrooms very clean. Fee for showers. Many people fishing and boating. Group pavillion great for family reunions, events. Road to the east was gorgeous. We will definitely be back! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This review is for the Cottonwood campground of Rifle Gap SP. This cg has a base rate of $17 per night, but when you add the reservation fee through Reserve America and the State of Colorado's double dipping charge of an additional $6 per night a 3-day total of $80 makes this an expensive State Park. The sites are really nice especially #6. Shade covers over all tables. There is water and electric at the sites but no sewer. There is a good sewer dump, though. There is easy access from I-70, Rifle, Or. When in town, consider Mac's Cafe for free Wi-Fi. They also have a world-class cinnamon bun on the menu among other goodies. I would stay at Rifle Gap again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
As far as a State Park, its pretty nice. Stayed in Cottonwood Section. Great view of lake. Paved pads. Sewer dump-out across road. Some shade. We have a 43 ft. coach and was comfortable. Beautiful Rifle Falls State Park 5 minutes up the road. There, sites are small and limited, but worth going there for a beautiful hike around the "falls." Also great golf course 5 minutes down the road. We played there and just loved its diversity. The town of Rifle is small but quaint. Try LaRoca's Mexican Restr. or the Base Camp Cafe in town for great food! We camped here in a Motorhome.
First time in this park but, we loved it. There is a whole new section of full hookup sites that were completed in May 2007. We had a nice site with a great view of the lake. It had a new bathroom/shower facility in the middle of the area. There are lakefront sites available that have electric/water. There is a dump station at the entrance to the park. The only thing that was lacking was the swim beach. The sand did not go all the way to the water and there were rocks at the edge of the water. We will definitely go here again. Rifle Falls State Park is 4 miles up the road and has beautiful falls & about 14 sites. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful Colorado State Park campground, looks to be almost new. Lots of trees, but they're still small. Large, paved, level pads with covered picnic table, fire ring and grill. Campground hosts were helpful and friendly. Nice quiet location, beautiful lake stocked full of Northerns, Walleye, Crappies etc. Nice picnic sites. Spotless bathrooms with private shower rooms (bring some quarters for the shower) We would definitely go back to this one, as well as others that we saw in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.