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Rifle Arch

Intermediate
 3.7 (3)

A fairly boring trail with a big payoff.


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Map Key

1.5

Miles

2.3

KM

Point to Point

6,555' 1,998 m

High

5,865' 1,788 m

Low

745' 227 m

Up

56' 17 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

98%

Max Grade (45°)

Dogs Leashed

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Need to Know

No bathrooms at the trailhead.

Description

A small parking area is a pull-off from Highway 13, blink and you might miss it.

There is a gate between the parking lot and the trailhead, be sure that this closes behind you. The trail weaves rather flat and uninteresting at first through sage brush and eventually some juniper and pinon pine, mostly with a very gentle uphill slope. There are a couple of benches for those who may need a rest along the way. The scenery improves further along the trail.

A high point at about 0.6 miles gives a nice view of the way you came and the mountains across the wide valley behind you. The big payoff is at the end. It requires some bouldering and steep shale hopping, but only for about a 1/10th of mile until you get the best view of the 150 ft. sandstone arch cutting across the sky. From the right angles, you get a terrific view of the mountain ridge line opposite framed by the arch. This is a very hot, dry hike in the summer months, but is much more pleasant spring and fall, and still very doable in the winter.

Flora & Fauna

Sage and Juniper perfume the air year round.

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Natalie Grybiene

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  3.7 from 3 votes

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Inside the arch looking out.
Dec 4, 2021 near Rifle, CO
The arch.
Dec 4, 2021 near Rifle, CO

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Aug 2, 2021
Michael Capelle
3 miles 790 feet round trip. Boring trail? We don't think so--lots of variety. Scramble from end of trail to base of arch. 3mi
Nov 21, 2020
Marc Corona