Rifle Gap State Park RV & Campground Guide


Located about 9 miles north of Rifle, Rifle Gap State Park offers many opportunities to go boating and swimming. Others choose to use the lake for jet skiing and water skiing. In BLM land adjacent to the park, there are plenty of outstanding spots designated for fishing, hunting, and hiking. This park is located about 183 miles west of Denver, 70 miles northwest of Snowmass Village, and 70 miles northeast of Grand Junction. It is also a popular winter destination among cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers in this area.

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Spring 36-64 F
Summer 49-86 F
Fall 38-73 F
Winter 15-43 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Rifle Gap State Park

While this state park offers many unique recreation opportunities, it's somewhat isolated in western Colorado. This makes the destination better suited for RV travelers. 

If you do not have a recreational vehicle, then rent one on RVshare. With an RV rental, you can stay where all the fun will be happening.

Rifle Gap State Park Campgrounds

Imagine waking up under pinon and juniper trees with beautiful views of the reservoir from your RV. There are five campgrounds at this state park. Rates start at $20 a night, and each campground sits in an isolated location, allowing you to enjoy the feeling of communing with nature with just you and your loved ones. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Paved roads, concrete sites, shade shelters 

Elk Creek Campground

Camp along the shores of Elk Creek at this campground in New Castle, Colorado. It offers all the basics that you need for a great camping trip, and you can fish in the river and hike along its shores. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Restrooms, river 

Rifle Falls State Park

Imagine catching your own trout dinner and preparing it over an open campfire at Rifle Falls State Park. If you stay at this campground, which is five miles north of Rifle Gap State Park, you'll want to bring your camera to capture images of the beautiful waterfalls that have been used as backdrops in several movies. Nightly rates start at $22. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Fire rings, fishing 

Glenwood Springs West/Colorado River KOA Campground

Your kids will love cooling off at the splash park while you enjoy a romantic time in the hot tub at this KOA campground. Your dog will love playing in the dog park. Rates start at about $45 a night. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Hot tub, splash park, dog park 

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What to Do at
Rifle Gap State Park

Inside Rifle Gap State Park

You can plan a trip to this state park for any season of the year. During the spring, bring your fishing gear to catch walleye in the reservoir and your bike to ride around near the water. In the summer, grab your swimsuit, your water skis and your Jet Skis for an adrenaline-filled vacation. Once the temperatures begin to cool again, then plan a family vacation at the large pavilion. When the snow starts flying, this is a great place to go ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. 

Outside Rifle Gap State Park

This park is surrounded by other amazing outdoor venues to visit, including Cedar Mountain, which has spots for deer and elk hunting, Rifle Falls State Park, where you can see beautiful waterfalls, and White River National Forest with its 12 ski resorts. If you are looking for great places to shop and dine, there are plenty of those in little towns near this state park. Rifle is just a 20-minute drive from the park. 


Rib City Grill

The aroma of freshly cooked barbecue wafts through the air as you step out of your vehicle at this restaurant. You can get fall-off-the-bone baby-back ribs, smoked turkey, brisket and more with all your favorite sides. 

Type: Diner

Location: 707 Wapiti Ct, Rifle, CO 81650

Shooters Grill

Get served by waitresses packing guns at this restaurant. The fries and the hamburgers are outstanding, but you shouldn't miss their fish days. 

Type: Diner

Location: 120 E 3rd St Unit C, Rifle, CO 81650


Stuffed cabbage rolls, potato pancakes, Kielbasa sandwiches, and more are found at this small, authentic Polish restaurant. 

Type: Polish

Location: 309 Railroad Ave, Rifle, CO 81650

Thai Chili Bistro

Get chicken pad Thai, curries and outstanding sushi at the Thai Chili Bistro. It is owned by immigrants from Thailand, so you know the food is authentic. 

Type: Thai

Location: 115 E 3rd St, Rifle, CO 81650

Tequila's Family Mexican Restaurant

You can get your favorite entrees at this small Mexican restaurant. The menu includes flavorful enchiladas and burritos along with over 100 tequila and other specialty cocktails with a south-of-the-border twist. 

Type: Mexican

Location: 800 Airport Rd Suite 3, Rifle, CO 81650


Crystal Tuning

Start building or add to your collection of rocks, gems, stones, minerals, fossils, and geodes. The shop also sells many gifts made from nature, and you can get essential oils here. 

Location: 819 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Midland Art Company

At this store, you can find jewelry, clothing, home décor, and more created by over 30 artists living in the Rifle area. 

Location: 101 East 3rd St, Rifle, CO 81650

New Castle Gardens

Make your green thumb even greener with a stop at this organic store where you can find gardening supplies, plants, and locally produced gifts. 

Location: 6501 CR 214, New Castle, Colorado 81647

Rifle Performance Motorsports

Hit the trails with a new or used snowmobile, ATV, or another machine from this shop that also carries parts and performs repairs. 

Location: 1014 Access Road, Rifle, CO 81650

Glenwood Springs Farmers Market

Listen to bands perform on Tuesdays while shopping for local produce, honey, crafts, baked goods, and more at this farmers market. It is open from late spring to early fall. 

Location: 1702 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601


Glenwood Hot Springs

Here, you can relax in the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. It has been operating since 1888. 

Location: 401 N River St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Ride eight adventure rides, tour a cavern, and go hiking at this attraction. 

Location: 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Rd, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Rifle Mountain Park

Discover how brave you are by climbing over 250 bolted-climbing routes at this city-owned park. You can even go ice climbing here. 

Location: 13885 County Road 217, Rifle, CO 81650

Glenwood Canyon

Plan a full day to explore Glenwood Canyon. Activities here include whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, picnicking, cycling and wildlife viewing. 

Location: Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Glenwood Springs Historical Society & Frontier Museum

Tour the Frontier Museum in a replica log cabin to learn about this area’s history and its connections to the Ute Indians. 

Location: 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

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How to Get to
Rifle Gap State Park

It is easy to access this park even if you are driving a large RV because it is conveniently located just off Interstate 70. Start by taking the Rifle Exit and head through town. When the road comes to a "Y," stay to the right and get on Highway 13. When you get to Highway 325, turn to the right, and the park will be about 6 miles ahead of you. 

Entering Rifle Gap State Park

The entry to Rifle Gap State Park is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Camping, boating, and fishing access are available 24/7. 

Rifle Gap State Park Per vehicle : $9.0

$80 annual pass available

Rifle Gap State Park Per person (without a vehicle) : $4.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Rifle Gap State Park

Are there designated RV camping spots in Rifle Gap State Park?

There are 89 single-family campsites at the beautiful Rifle Gap State Park Campground, and 63 are designated RV sites. All of the RV campsites come equipped with full hookups and can accommodate large trailers.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Rifle Gap State Park?

Many interesting wildlife species can be seen around Rifle Gap State Park. The park's inhabitants include elk, mule deer, bats, long-tailed weasels, skunks, badgers, bobcats, mountain lions, red and gray foxes, coyotes, and a variety of birds and reptiles.

Are pets allowed at Rifle Gap State Park?

Pets are permitted at Rifle Gap State Park for no additional fee. However, your pets must always be on leashes of no more than six feet whenever they're outside your vehicle.

What is the climate of Rifle Gap State Park?

The summers at Rifle Gap State Park are moderate, with temperatures ranging from 44 to 88 degrees. The winters are much harsher, often seeing major snowstorms and temperatures below 10 degrees.

What is the best time of year to visit Rifle Gap State Park?

The best time to visit the park depends on the activities you prefer to enjoy. Winter is perfect for ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing, but summer is preferable for fishing, biking, and watersports.