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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado – The Rifle Gap State Park Complex is offering programs for adults, families and youngsters through August with hikes, nature programs and other fun activities to connect kids and adults with nature and the outdoors.

The programs are free and are held at Rifle Gap, Rifle Falls and Harvey Gap state parks. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

All programs are free, but all vehicles entering the park must have a daily pass, $7, or an annual pass, $70.



For additional information, call 625-1607. The programs may be canceled if there is lightning or rain. The Aug. 25-26 programs are:

Saturday, Aug. 25



 Spinning the ECOWEB. Meet at the Rifle Falls Wildlife Gazebo at 10 a.m.

Hike Rifle Falls with the park naturalist to learn about the various ecosystems within the park. Create your own ecosystem picture at the end of the hike. Parents will support their children in the process. Creativity is encouraged. Bring water, a camera, sunscreen and a bag to collect your materials. 

Meet the Wildlife at Rifle Falls. Meet at Rifle Falls’ wildlife gazebo at 1-3 p.m.

Curious about the wild animals that live at Rifle Falls?  Join Great Outdoors Colorado’s (GOCO) park naturalist, Terry Wise, for one of Rifle Falls’ most popular programs. 

Stop at the interpretive table to learn how to recognize clues and figure out the skulls and skins that give insight into the identity and behavior of native Colorado animals. 

Take a Walk in the Wild Side and Enjoy the Wild about Bats Program. Meet at Rifle Falls’ Mountain Mist Amphitheatre at 8 p.m.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side. The “Wild about Bats” program celebrates the 2012 International Year of the Bat! Celebrate bats by joining Wise for an interactive presentation on everything you ever wanted to know about bats but were afraid to ask.

Learn some amazing facts about bats, take a Myth Buster’s group quiz, learn about their biology, ecological role and the challenges these amazing critters are facing. Wise will answer these topics and more.

Bring your flashlights because, as dark approaches, participants will hike and observe their flight patterns while they munch on their supper. Make sure you have sprayed yourself with insect repellent.

Sunday, Aug. 26

Wildlife Bingo at Rifle Gap State Park Swim Beach at 11:30 a.m. Did you know that wolves are bigger than coyotes? Did you know that baby beavers are called kits or that all mammals have hair? Play Wildlife Bingo and learn some more interesting facts about the wildlife that live in or around Rifle Gap, Rifle Falls State Park, and Harvey Gap State Park. 

Teeth Tell a Tale at Harvey Gap State Park Swim Beach at 1 p.m. Join Rifle Gaps’ park naturalist at the beach to become a nature detective by examining the teeth of some of our animals that live at the park. What tale do they tell? 

Volunteer to help reconstruct and maintain sections of the first three miles of the No Name Trail in this gorgeous canyon alongside No Name Creek.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will test your rock skills as the group works to improve and rebuild trail sections on the first three miles of this popular Glenwood Canyon Trail. The project takes place on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Several rock walls and sets of stone steps are needed to prevent erosion and re-establish the tread.

Pastries, fruit, and beverages will be provided in the morning. RFOV and our project partners will provide a post-project dinner at the registration area for all volunteers. Sign up at rfov.org/programs-events/public-projects.


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