I love waterfalls. Mom said we will love Rifle Falls State Park.
Here we are. Turning in, paying fee, parking, and then a short hike to Rifle Falls.
I love these. There are three falls here. Isn’t that great. And mom, I’m getting wet here. But the water spray feels good on a warm, sunny day. To our left there is a path with flagstone steps. Up we go. Now we are near the top of the falls.
Different view looking from here. There is a lot of calcium in the rocks here, so the the rock wall is lighter color and much softer than granite. The water has caused cracks and crevices in the rock wall and also formed some caves.
We also like the red color to the right. Minerals make the rocks so pretty. I’m learning that I like caves.
And here I am, inside a bigger cave.
I wonder what animals live here when I, Zeb the Duck, am not here. The path is going down now, toward the camping areas.
You can see this is a nice, easy trail. We turn around and head back to the falls. But, look at this.
On a tree we admire this caterpillar.
Next to the caterpillar, on another tree, we like this animal home or nest.
Not sure what lives here, but it is an unusual form. Always so much to see and learn. Back near the top of the falls, I like this view.
I am on the grass, but the photo is dark where I am. Can you find me. Again I am enjoying the wet spray from the falls. Back down to the base of the falls, we take a path to the right this time. Love the water. But caves are great also.
I’m relaxing in this larger cave. A great shelter if the weather gets bad.
Inside the cave, looking out, I love all the green vegetation. We were just here a couple days ago, so often in the fall and end of summer things look brown and dry. But this is beautiful. Back to the bottom of the falls.
One last photo, from a different point. Don’t you just love waterfalls? Closer to the camping area and parking lot, we liked the picnic area.
Everything you could want for a picnic. A table with a cover, for rain. snow, or intense mountain sun. A charcoal grill if you want to cook. And, my favorite, the river is behind the grill. Dining music is provided by the river. Did anybody bring food?? I bet you would love Rifle Falls also.