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Rifle is a city located in Garfield County on the Colorado River in northwestern Colorado. The beautiful Roan Cliffs tower over the city to the west. As of the 2010 census, the population of Rifle was 9,172. Founded in 1882, the city of Rifle has long been a center of the cattle ranching industry in the region. The town is well-known for Rifle Mountain Park located 12 miles north of the town. To reach Rifle Park, take State Highway 13 (Railroad Avenue) north through the town of Rifle. Take a right on County Road 325 and this will lead you toward Rifle Creek Golf Course and Rifle Gap. Drive over the dam at Rifle Gap and continue on CR 325 until you reach the Rifle Fish Hatchery. The road will change to gravel after the fish hatchery, and the entrance to the park starts about 2000 feet after the road turns to gravel. Rifle Mountain Park is very popular with rock climbers. Visitors from all over the world come to climb over 250 bolted climbing routes. Most of the routes are for advanced climbers, although beginners will also find places to also have fun. The rock climbing season from mid-April through October. Rifle Park also offers hiking trails, camping, picnicking facilities and a community house. The area surrounding Rifle is gorgeous, and the Roan Cliffs, Grand Mesa and Flat Top Mountains all offer plenty of hiking and biking trails while enjoying stunning mountain views. In the wintertime, skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and ice climbing are all available.

Surrounding areas: New Castle, Colorado (13.4 mi), Glenwood Springs, Colorado (24.4 mi), Carbondale, Colorado (31.9 mi), Grand Mesa, Colorado (35.2 mi), Redstone, Colorado (38.0 mi), El Jebel, Colorado (38.2 mi)

Rifle Vacation Rentals

Rifle Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Red River Inn718 Taughenbaugh BlvdRifle, CO (970) 625-3050
Winchester Motel520 Railroad AveRifle, CO (970) 625-1777
Rodeway Inn781 Burning Mountain AveNew Castle, CO14.2 mi.(970) 984-2363
Holiday Inn Express - Parachute221 Grand Valley WayParachute, CO15.4 mi.(970) 285-2330
Hampton Inn/Garfield Suites401 W 1ST StGlenwood Springs, CO24.2 mi.(970) 947-9400
Holiday Inn Express501 W First StGlenwood Springs, CO24.2 mi.(970) 928-7800
Silver Spruce Motel162 W 6TH StGlenwood Springs, CO24.2 mi.(970) 945-5458
Hotel Colorado526 Pine StGlenwood Springs, CO24.4 mi.(970) 945-6511
1st Choice Inn Formerly Holiday Inn51359 Hwy 6 And 24Glenwood Springs, CO24.5 mi.(970) 945-8551
Americas Best Value Inn51871 Hwy 6 And 24Glenwood Springs, CO24.5 mi.(970) 945-6279
Hot Springs Lodge & Pool415 6th StGlenwood Springs, CO24.5 mi.(970) 945-6571
Quality Inn & Suites2650 Gilstrap CTGlenwood Springs, CO24.5 mi.(970) 945-5995
Hotel Denver402 7TH StGlenwood Springs, CO24.6 mi.(970) 945-6565

Rifle Weather & Climate

Northwestern Colorado is mostly mountainous, with some desert lands. Generally, the climate can be described as highland or alpine mountain. Dramatic climate changes can occur from place to place. A general rule of thumb is the higher the elevation, the lower the temperature with an increase in precipitation. Northwest Colorado has a distinct four-season climate with cold, snowy winters and mild summers. In years when snow cover is heavy, or when there is a sudden warming in the spring at high elevations, flooding may be a problem. Thunderstorms are possible in spring and summer. Hail is common in the northwest part of the state. Autumn means crisp, dry days with lots of sunshine and cool nights. Spring and autumn weather can change rapidly.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 37°F 9°F 0.96 in. -
February 45°F 16°F 0.90 in. -
March 55°F 24°F 1.06 in. -
April 63°F 30°F 1.11 in. -
May 72°F 38°F 1.18 in. -
June 84°F 45°F 0.87 in. -
July 89°F 52°F 1.04 in. -
August 87°F 51°F 1.03 in. -
September 79°F 42°F 1.21 in. -
October 67°F 31°F 1.31 in. -
November 50°F 21°F 1.02 in. -
December 39°F 11°F 1.06 in. -

Rifle Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Eagle County Regional airport (EGE) located about 46 miles east of Rifle in Vail / Eagle, Colorado, Walker Field (GJT) located approximately 48 miles southwest of Rifle in Grand Junction, Colorado, the Montrose Regional airport (MTJ) located roughly 71 miles south of Rifle in Montrose, Colorado, and finally the Yampa Valley airport (HDN) located around 71 miles northeast of Rifle in Hayden, Colorado.

Rifle Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Fun JunctionGrand JunctionCO52.4 mi.
Water Parks
Butch Cassidy King World Water ParkMoabUT115.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Rifle Creek Golf CourseRifleCO 
Battlement Mesa Golf ClubBattlement MesaCO14.2 mi.
Glenwood Springs Golf ClubGlenwood SpringsCO24.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO24.5 mi.
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO31.8 mi.
AspenAspenCO56.8 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO56.8 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO56.8 mi.
TiehackAspenCO56.8 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO62.7 mi.
KeystoneKeystoneCO68.5 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO75.4 mi.
VailVailCO75.4 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO82.0 mi.
SteamboatSteamboat SpringsCO82.8 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO93.1 mi.
Winter ParkWinter ParkCO110.2 mi.
TellurideTellurideCO110.4 mi.
LovelandGeorgetownCO111.7 mi.
Museum of Western ColoradoGrand JunctionCO52.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Dinosaur Valley MuseumGrand JunctionCO52.4 mi.(Science)

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