Rifle Gap

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Easily climbing 17 miles into the White River National Forest, Rifle Gap winds through a narrow canyon before zig-zagging up to 9300 feet. Early in the route, you travel through Rifle Mountain Park, possibly the best limestone sport climbing in North America. Visitors from all over the globe visit the park for its rock climbing. The park boasts over 250 bolted climbing routes and campsites along the creek. Stopping in the park requires a fee. There's no charge for driving straight through to the National Forest. Once through the park and up into the pines, there's free camping and sprawling views. Inside the National Forest, the trail is not maintained. There are ruts, tight switchbacks, and long dirt climbs. The trail is ideal for stock high-clearance 4x4s equipped with durable tires.