There are two campgrounds at Rifle Mountain Park so this beginning information fits both sites so it should be in both reviews.
Take State Hwy 13 or Railroad Avenue(which becomes 13) North through the City. Take a right on Hwy 325(bowling alley at the corner), this will head you toward Rifle Creek Golf Course and Rifle Gap State Park. Drive over the dam at Rifle Gap and continue on Hwy 325 past Rifle Falls State Park(GO THERE!) until you reach the Rifle Fish Hatchery. The road will change to gravel after the fish hatchery. The entrance to the park starts about 2000 feet after the road turns to gravel.
There is a $5 day pass for the park that you can pay on site in cash. This is not the same as the state parks pass. This park is maintained by the town of Rifle, not the forest service or park service. Just past the park is national forest so if you want free camping, you can go past the park and camp in forest service land.
This park is absolutely stunning! There are sky high walls of red and orange rock on both sides and a creek running down the park with lush greenery everywhere. Plenty of camping areas located in the park but they do fill up fast on weekends.
Sites are $10 plus $5 for each additional vehicle. They are smaller sites but with all the activities to get into you will get lost in the beauty that is Rifle Mountain Park. There is firewood for sale and group camping areas if you are in need of more space.
This park is best known for its climbing routes and fishing. But it is a great place for biking and hiking too.
This site has a big more space between sites. There is room for up to 2 cars at each spot or the perfect space for an RV or campervan. There is also another offshoot road for group camping that seemed to be blocked of by a group so you couldn’t even drive through it to get a spot. Since this park is monitored by the town and not state or national parks, there doesn’t seem to be someone regulating the space.