The northwest of Colorado is somewhat drier than the Rocky Mountain core. Even so, the rivers run at a credible clip, and the occasional waterfalls are well worth an hour or two. Rifle Falls has three such waterfalls and a series of limestone caves occupies the area underneath the falls. I spent ninety minutes on the morning of July 17, casually walking the trail to the top of Rifle Falls and exploring the caves along the bottom of the trail.
I begin with scenes of the plateau leading into the Rifle Gap.
The falls and caves lie just east of Rifle Gap State Park.
Here are more scenes of the caves, which are quite delicate, and would not make safe hiding places- though that would be tempting, in a pinch.
I climbed up to the top of the falls, along Coyote Trail, and learned that a private entrepreneur had built a hydropower plant, of sorts, and a tourist attraction, in the 1890’s.
Above is a remnant of the hydropower facility.
Rifle Falls set the tone for a rather happy day, that Wednesday.
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