Rifle, CO


We are a close-knit community, where we greet our friends and neighbors at the park, the grocery store, or while shopping downtown. Rifle – It’s all out there!

Surrounded by alluvial mesas in the Colorado River Valley, Rifle sits at the base of the “Bookcliffs”, named for lines of sediment and shale that resemble the pages of a book. Here is the gateway to the Roan Plateau, a magical place of deep canyons, waterfalls, aspen and spruce forests and expansive meadows. There are many recreation opportunities in the area. Enjoy fishing and taking a stroll along the mighty Colorado River, or visit during August for the Garfield County Fair. The area surrounding Rifle is rich with wildlife and gold medal streams that provide some of the best elk and deer hunting and fly fishing in Colorado.

Get back to nature and spend some time fishing, boating and swimming in cool Rocky Mountain waters. Other activities include camping, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Drive north a few miles through Rifle Gap, site of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “Valley Curtain” hung in 1975. Stop at picturesque Rifle Falls in a state park and continue to the narrow canyon of Rifle Mountain Park, known for its world-class climbing.  Founded in 1882, Rifle celebrated its incorporation centennial in 2005. Rifle is a growing town booming with new businesses and opportunities while maintaining its small town atmosphere and local community feeling.

Rifle’s quaint downtown section features antique shops, fine dining, and historic museums. The downtown area, with the feel of the old west, is accented by a surprising variety of sculptures, from an elk at the entrance to a cowboy riding a trout. Rifle maintains a small-town feel, while offering more cultural and recreational activities than other rural areas. 

Community Owner: Leanne Worton

Launched April 2011


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