It was an 178 mile trip from Morrison to Rifle, CO. It was a beautiful drive which would have been much better without the rain for about half of it. As we approached the highest points of I-70, Loveland Pass, Eisenhower Tunnel and Vail Pass, we could see the mountain peaks all around us but the rain made pictures difficult and even obscured our view greatly. By the time we reached Glen Canyon, the weather had cleared somewhat and revealed some fantastic scenery as we traversed the narrow canyon. It is so narrow, there is no room for an interstate to run beside the river, so they have built bridges for both side of the interstate with the westbound side being almost on top of the eastbound side. We did run alongside the Colorado River again and will stay beside her on our way to Fruita, near the Colorado National Monument. It's just amazing to me how much of this area of the country was formed by this river and also how much of this country depends on this river for their water.
We are staying at Rifle Gap State Park on the Rifle Gap reservoir and it is a beautiful park. It has four different campgrounds with each having different amenities - from the full hookup at Lakeview to dry camping at Pinyon. We are staying in the full hookup Lakeview Campground. We have 50 amps, good satellite reception and very poor Verizon reception which also negates uploading the pictures until we get to Fruita.
Tuesday we went to Rifle Falls which is about six miles from here. They have a very small campground and we were not able to get into it. As it turns out, we are glad since Rifle Gap is a much nicer campground. We did hike up to, around and up on top of the falls. There are now three falls instead of the one the existed prior to the tinkering they did when they were trying to use the water for irrigation purposes. Now all three outflows join together again and supply both the Harvey Gap Reservoir and the Rifle Gap Reservoir depending on which way they have the gate set on Rifle Creek leaving the falls.
Wednesday was a stand down day and we just camped and really enjoyed it, including campfire and smores. Tomorrow we head for Fruita, CO where we plan on spending four nights - much of it watching COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!! GO GATORS!