Cedar Mountain rises north out of Rifle Gap. The area begins as desert pinyon-juniper and tops out where aspen forests and the Flat Tops begin at 8,200 feet. ATV and 4WD trails criss-cross the area and it is heavily used for hunting in the fall. From the adventurer’s perspective it is an interesting area to drive into and then explore further by bike or by foot. Public access points are from Rifle Gap State Park (BLM 8090D) or by taking CR 219 near the Rifle Correctional Facility and going onto BLM 8090B. This two-track is especially interesting as it follows the colorful cliffs of the Middle Rifle Creek Valley (known as Puma Paw) and eventually returns to CR 219 to climb into the Flat Tops.