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Quick Facts

Spruce Picnic Ground

Elevation: 7,200 Feet (2244.4 Meters)
Handicapped Accessible: Yes Accessible toilet
Number of Sites: 4 picnic sites, 1 group site
Reservation Status: Required For Group Site(s) call 1-800-416-6992 for reservations

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General Description

Spruce Picnic Area is located 16 miles north of Rifle and just north of Rifle Mountain Park. It includes four individual picnic sites and one group site. The group site is available by reservation only and offers two horseshoe pits, a volleyball court, a wheelchair accessible vault toilet and ample parking. Stream fishing is available in East Rifle Creek, adjacent to the picnic area, with required fishing license. Three Forks Campground and Three Forks Trail are located just to the north of the picnic ground.

Other Nearby Attractions:
*Three Forks Campground and Trailhead is located two miles north of the picnic ground.
*Rifle Mountain Park, one mile south, offers rock climbing, ice climbing in the winter, trails and camping.
*Rifle Falls and Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery are also nearby.
*Little Box Canyon, just north of the picnic area, offers 4-wheel driving, dispersed camping, wildlife viewing, fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
*Coulter Mesa, to the west, offers wildlife viewing and big-game hunting.

Directions from Rifle: Go north on State Highway 13 for 1 mile. Turn right on Highway 325 for 11 miles to the Forest Boundary then continue about 2 miles on Forest Road 832 to the picnic area.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through November (NOTE: This is no longer maintained, but is still usable on a first come basis.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Spruce is no longer maintained. Meadow Lake is open for day use at $4.00/car as soon as accessible Updated: 2005-04-13 13:47:00.0

Ranger TipSpruce Picnic Ground is no longer maintained. There are no reservations needed.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing East Rifle Creek and other area creeks.
ICON Hiking & Walking Three Forks Trail is located two miles north of the picnic area.
ICON Horseback Riding Three Forks Trail. No horses allowed in the campground.
ICON Mountain Biking Three Forks Trail
ICON Picnicking Spruce Picnic Ground

Related Activities
Three Forks Trail - The trail follows Three Forks Creek, with a number of crossings and beaver ponds along the way. The ridgetop offers an outstanding view of the East Rifle Creek drainage.

Three Forks Campground - Three Forks is a small campground located 16 miles north of Rifle at an elevation of 7,550 feet. This campground offers access to nearby trails and fishing.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Rifle Ranger Dictrict, 0094 County Road 244 , Rifle, CO, 81650, Phone: 970-625-2371, Fax: 970-625-2532


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