Rifle Ranger District


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The Rifle Ranger District is rich with cultural history and amazing outdoor recreational opportunities. This area is near Flat Tops Wilderness which offers opportunities for solitude.

Hunting, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, ohv experiences, picnicking, hiking and driving for pleasure are a few of the activities the district has to offer with plenty of areas for dispersed camping. Winter brings snow and a variety of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobile trails with it.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: View Current Conditions Reports
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Restrictions: Travel Management seasonal closures are in effect. Roads close for summer use November 23 annually. Winter use ends approximately May 20.
Closest Towns: Rifle, CO
Information Center: 970-625-2371

General Information


Visit the District Office. From Rifle, CO head north on Railroad Ave for about a mile. Then merge left onto CO-13/West 20th Street and follow for about 0.7 miles. Turn right onto County Road 244 and follow 0.3 miles to the Forest Service office at 0094 County Road 244, Rifle, CO 81650.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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Picnic tables Campgrounds, Spruce Group Picnic area
Tent camping Meadow Lake & Meadow Ridge Campgrounds
Fee charged for some activities Developed site camping
Parking Meadow Lake Day Use area, West Elk Trailhead, several overlooks
Toilets Campgrounds, West Elk Trailhead
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