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Rifle

Rifle

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Learn aboutRiflein Colorado River Valley

Rifle is where the old west meets the new west. Rich with western heritage and history, many downtown businesses are located within historical buildings dating back to the 1900′s. Rifle is striving to differentiate itself from countless other rural communities that have endured multiple boom-and-bust economic cycles. Rifle is becoming a place that is not only known for its recreational activities, but for its outside-the-box thinking in shaping the way people live and work in a vibrant, competitive business environment.

This region truly has a very special western flavor, from its spectacular natural setting to its rich history and a hospitality that was founded by early pioneers. Rifle is an excellent place to relocate, expand, or start a business. Rifle is pro-quality of life, pro-business, pro-development and has a comprehensive plan on growth that will guide Rifle through the 21st century.

Because of its distance from heavily populated areas, Rifle is unspoiled, offering a retreat from crowds, noise, and pollution, while also offering year round recreation, modern amenities and a near perfect climate. Rifle is where the "old west" meets the "new west", where you'll find that small town western feel with a splash of big city appeal.

Location

Rifle is 26 miles from Glenwood Springs.

Climate

Rifle partakes of both the mountains and the high desert to the west. We have at least 260 days of sunlight per year. High temperatures in the summer can reach 90° and January lows can drop to 10°. The average lows in January are in the mid 20′s and the average highs in July are in the mid 70′s.

Population

The population of Rifle was 10,518 citizens in 2021.

Education

Garfield RE-2 School District (970) 665-7600

Colorado Mountain College (970) 625-1871

Recreation

Living in Rifle, Colorado, means immersing yourself in an outdoor paradise where the Roan Plateau's stunning vistas meet the serenity of Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery. The area boasts world-class rock climbing at Rifle Mountain Park, tranquil hikes to Rifle Arch, and refreshing water activities at Harvey Gap State Park. Whether it's OHV adventures at Hubbard Mesa or summer boating on Rifle Gap Reservoir, Rifle offers a rich tapestry of recreational opportunities, making it a haven for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike​. Additional activities include white water rafting, fishing (rivers & lakes, ice fishing and fly fishing), hunting, golfing, camping, hiking, biking, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

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