Kick Off Summer with a Great Hike!
Katie Hays, JD
If you are like me, you require time outdoors to re-set and refresh. In our practices, this has become even more important during the pandemic. Thankfully, summer is here to provide us with unlimited opportunities in this great state of ours. Since I live pretty far removed from any metropolitan areas, I thought I would share my favorite local hike. You can access the hike from Rifle Falls State Park.
Here is a link to the details: https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/RifleFalls/Pages/Trails.aspx
The hike is approximately 2 miles, running along Rifle Creek. The trail is pretty shady during the summer, and you get to see a very unique feature—a riparian zone. The trail ends at a beautiful setting--the Rifle Falls State Fish Hatchery.
Dogs are allowed on the trail, but not at the Hatchery. Bring quarters if you want to feed the fish at the hatchery. There are pit toilets at Rifle Falls State Park, and flush toilets at the hatchery, during their normal operating hours. Keep your eyes peeled for golden eagles, blue herons, and marmots. You can also park at the Hatchery (no state park pass is required there).
Camping spots at Rifle Falls State Park are hard to come by, but worth the pre-planning. There are several other trails you can take around that park. Bring headlamps to explore the caves. You can also continue driving past the Hatchery to Rifle Mountain Park, which is world-renowned for rock climbing. There are also trails, an ice cave, and camping in that park. There is more hiking if you continue driving into the White River National Forest.
I also like to paddleboard at Rifle Gap State Park. Camping spots are a little easier to come by in that park.
So make it a priority to go out and enjoy some nature, get a little exercise, and refresh yourself for the difficult and important work you do!