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: Spring update not yet available, contact the Rifle RD
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: Rifle Ranger District
0094 County Road 244
Rifle, CO 81650
(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

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

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Areas for Day Hiking at Rifle Ranger District


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Areas for Backpacking at Rifle Ranger District

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Areas for Horse Riding at Rifle Ranger District


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Areas for Picnicking at Rifle Ranger District

Group Picnicking

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Areas for Group Picnicking at Rifle Ranger District

Boating - Non-Motorized

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Areas for Boating - Non-Motorized at Rifle Ranger District


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

Recreation Areas

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