Standard (tent/RV)
Dispersed
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Rifle Gap State Park
Price
$18.00 - $24.00
Operator
State
Access
Drive In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Location
Rifle Gap State Park is located in Colorado
Latitude
39.633 N
Longitude
-107.751 W
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13 Reviews of Rifle Gap State Park
High on a hill !

Booked through Passport America. Beautiful Rocky Mountain get away. We stayed one night on our way to California. The check in was difficult because only one person was working. After check in, we went to our site high on the hill above the lake. Awesome views and quiet overlook. Since fall weather was closing in, we didn’t need shade but if we had wanted it, there would have been very little to find!

Lots of different camping spaces

We love that’s there’s multiple loops to choose from for camping, and that the lake is right there. Fun for the kids! Wish there was more landscaping, or just more shady areas and privacy.

Good clean campground

Good clean campground. Sites are a little close together. We went on a busy weekend and it was completely full. Sites were clean and the bathrooms were clean all weekend. It is close to the lake and a quick drive or an easy walk. Had a great time!

Awesome lake veiw

Ccampground is clean, spacious, and well mantained. Has all the ammenties you need. Great lake. Not a lot of shade but a few.

Water activity

We had car issues as we pulled into the park. Rangers are all great people here. They helped us get to our site and connect with the tow and repair shop. Water levels are down 10ft, but the boating is still good. Water is clear but bottom is silt. Campsites are very clean, little to no trees.

Great view with nearby hikes

coming from the Rockies, this is a short drive to warmer weather camping with a lake. This area is great for hiking especially the falls near by. The campground is multiple loops with benefits to each - some have a lot of space with no shade while some have a bunch of shade and trees with smaller area to camp. Bring your kayak and go for a dip on the lake!

Hidden gem

This place was great. Off the interstate so not to get a lot of drive by traffic. We camped right on the lake, with a concrete pad, picnic table and the bathhouse was close by. Plus just a few minute drive to the Rifle falls.

Beautiful Scenery but Rude staff

I have camped in many state parks across the US, but my experience at this state park was very disappointing. The staff were rude and intentionally unhelpful. The area is beautiful with many other camping options. The best part of our experience with Rifle Gap State Park was when we cancelled the rest of our reservation and found Elk Creek Campground about 20 minutes away outside of New Castle.

Shade would have made this a 5 star

We had amazing weather and the most amazing view. The only thing that would have beat the view would have been to have a site directly on the water, but having the lakeside view made for a beautiful backdrop. The only negative was that there was no awning in our camp site. Note: if you camp in site 23 lakeside loop - you may want to select another location with an awning. Our camper has an awning and we always travel with our 10X10 tent, it came in handy this weekend!

There is absolutely zero cell phone coverage at Rifle Gap or Harvey Gap (only 4 miles from Rifle Gap), and if you are there, you can understand why you would want to unplug from the world. 

The weather was perfect and the sun was out almost the entire time. It was high 80's for the first week of June. If you are a boater and don't mind the reservoir being busy, there's plenty of room to have some fun. The fishing looked to be pretty good from what we saw being brought back in.

Beautiful resivior

During my trip in August all Colorado State parks had free entry for military members, so I only had to pay the campsite fee. The rangers were helpful when I asked about rifle falls. It is pretty easy to do typical camping, boating, fishing, kayaking, etc…here. No cell service. The sites were clean and well kept. There is not much for shade.