Rifle Mountain Park

JMorgan climb, winter

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Rifle Mountain Park, City of Rifle, is a one of a kind climbing area in West Central Colorado. The canyon has limestone walls from the Leadville Formation, and offers over 250 bolted climbing routes in the Park.  The Park gives climbers one of the largest concentrations of routes in the world (5.13- 5.14). The nature of the limestone formation does not support “moderate” routes, which effect novice and mid level climbers. At two miles long, the canyon gives climbers cooler summer days at an elevation of 7,000 feet.

Ice Climbing: the Park offers excellent ice climbing form late December until into March. Routes range from WI4+- 6  

Directions: north of Rifle on Highway 13, then east of Highway 325; continue past Rifle Gap and Rifle Falls State Parks, travel past the fish hatchery to the Park.

Fees:  Daily Vehicle:  $5 Annual Passes are offered from $15 to $50 depending on residence location. Camping: Including the Day Pass: $15 (camping fees are discounted with proof of annual pass.) The campground is currently dry, with water available at the Rifle Falls and Rifle Gap State Parks.

Rifle Mountain Park Routes:


Long Weekend: Sport Climbing in Rifle Mountain Park