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Battlement Mesa Golf Club
Entertainment, Golfing, Multi-Use Areas
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Battlement Mesa Golf Club Battlement Mesa Golf Club opened in 1987 and has been ranked as one of the “Best Courses in America You Can Play” by Golf Digest. The course takes full advantage of our one-of-a-kind setting: a high plains plateau overlooking the Colorado River. Learn more at www.battlementmesagolf.com » View Real Western Adventure Map
Battlement Reservoirs
ATV’s, Fishing, Hiking, Regions
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Battlement Reserviors The Battlement Reservoirs are a chain of seven reservoirs located in a magnificent, moutain setting south of Parachute, Colorado. The reservoirs are an ideal location for fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, and solitude. From Rifle head west on I-70 to Parachute, 16 miles, and take exit 75. Turn left on County Road #301. Follow Co. Rd. #301 across the Colorado River to Battlement Parkway, turn right. Follow Battlement Parkway to Stone Quarry Road (signed) and turn right to Battlement Cemetery, then left on Co. Rd. #302. Continue on Co. Rd. #302 east approximately 5 miles to Battlement Reservoir Trailhead. You can continue from Battlement Reservoir Trailhead on Lava Creek Trail or Battlement Road by foot or horseback. View Real Western Adventure Map View Mamm’s Peak Area
Battlement Trail (Parachute Trailhead)
Hiking
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BATTLEMENT TRAIL(PARACHUTE TRAILHEAD) Battlement trailhead provides access to a 4-wheel drive jeep trail and a hiking/horseback trail to the Battlement Reservoirs. The Battlement Reservoirs are a chain of seven lakes located in a pristine high mountain setting, south of Parachute Colorado. From Rifle, head west on I-70 to Parachute (15 miles) and take exit 75. Turn left and follow County Road 301 across the Colorado River to Battlement Parkway and turn right. Follow the Parkway to Stone Quarry Road (1.5 miles) and turn right to the Battlement Cemetery on your left. Turn left by the cemetery onto County Road 302. Continue east on 302 approximately 6.2 miles to the Battlement Reservoir Trailhead. View Real Western Adventure Map View Flat Tops Area
Beaver Creek Trail
Hiking
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Beaver Creek Trail Beaver Creek Trailhead #2161 is one of the closest Forest Service recreation sites to Rifle, located just 9.5 miles from the roundabout just south of I-70.  It’s a great hike all four season of the year, however, you’ll need snowshoes in the winter months. The trailhead is located 9.4 miles from the roundabout just south of the I-70 overpass.  Start by turning right at the roundabout (7th St), which turns in Garden Lane, which leads into County Road 320. Continue up on to Taugenbaugh Mesa to County Road 317. Turn left on 317 to Forest District Road 824 and follow the signs to the Beaver Creek Trailhead.  Keep in mind that it’s 4 miles from the roundabout just south of I-70 to the dirt road, and another 5.5 miles from the start of the dirt road to the trailhead parking area.  From the trailhead parking area, hikers can cross Beaver Creek and follow for 1.2 miles to the top of the ridge. The incline to the ridge is pretty moderate, but it’ll get your blood pumping.  From there, you can descend into the West Mamm Drainage or stay on top of the ridge to explore the Battlement Mesa, or link up with the Battlement Trail.  This is truly a beautiful trail that can be enjoyed by the entire family.   For more information visit USDA.gov Previous Next View Real Western Adventure Map View Mamm’s Peak Area
Blair Mountain Trail
ATV’s
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Blair Mountain ROAD & Trails Blair Mountain is the highest point of the western Flat Tops with an elevation of 11,400 feet. A hike to the top gives amazing views of the entire Flat Tops. The terrain consists of a high plateau covered in alpine grasslands with occasional stands of spruce or fir.  The west side of Blair Mountain is a 400 foot-high cliff that marks the boundary of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.  Below the rim hikers and anglers can access a series of lakes that lie just inside the wilderness area. Directions A 4 wheel drive, high clearance vehicle and a full day is required to truly enjoy this journey. Blair Mountain is located about 16 miles north of New Castle. From New Castle, follow signs to the Buford-Newcastle Road (FS 245). Take this for many miles to Hiner Spring, and turn right (east) onto Blair Mountain Road (FS 601; 4WD). At Cow Lake, bear left on a 4WD road that leads to Crater Lake Trailhead. From here, the Blair Mountain Trail (2098) crosses flat grasslands to the Flat Tops Wilderness boundary before plunging over the rim of Blair Mountain down to Crater Lake. Another great day hike in this area is the Patterson Creek Trail View Flat Tops Area View Real Western Adventure Map
Bobcat Trail
Hiking
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Bobcat TrAIL The trail hikes along East Rifle Creek through boxelder and cottonwood forests, and into open grassy meadows. This is a newly completed trail that links Rifle Falls State Park and Rifle Falls State Fish Hatchery. It provides access to secluded fishing spots on the creek bank, as well as passing several well stocked trout ponds managed by the fish hatchery. Pets are permitted within the Rifle Falls boundaries, but are prohibited on the adjacent State Wildlife Area. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Creek Valley Area
Brenden Theatres – Rifle
Entertainment
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Brenden Theaters Brenden Theatres is very excited to be in beautiful Rifle, CO. We are proud to offer a state of the art movie theater with the finest in customer service. We will operate our theater to provide a safe, pleasant, and fun movie going experience. Brenden Theatres Rifle brings excitement and entertainment to the downtown area. Our theater features 7 screens of the latest technology in movie exhibition with 100% digital projection & sound presentation including 3D capabilities. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Area
Cedar Mountain Area
ATV’s
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Cedar Mountain Area Cedar Mountain rises north out of Rifle Gap The area begins at lake level as high desert pinyon-juniper forest. At its top, it features aspen and evergreen forests 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. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Creek Valley Area
Centennial Park
Multi-Use Areas, Parks, Picnic Area, Playground Equipment, Water Fun
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Centennial Park Centennial Park consists of a beautiful outdoor amphitheater, childrens’ splash park, picnic shelters, trails and green space. Centennial Park is located on the Rifle Creek Trail between 3rd and 9th street. Entrances to the park and parking areas can be found on the west end of 5th St. and off of Park Ave. One of the highlights of Centennial Park is the unique art work displayed throughout the park, giving visitors a glimpse into Rifle’s history and western heritage. Centennial Park’s signature event is the annual Fourth of July celebration featuring Symphony in the Valley in concert along with fireworks. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Area
Cliff Lakes Trail
Hiking
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Cliff Lakes Trail This trail provides access to THE Cliff Lakes and South Fork Campground Cliff Lakes Trailhead is located off Forest Road 601. Four-wheel drive vehicles are highly recommended. From Rifle, head east on I-70 for 15 miles. At the New Castle exit (105), turn left at the ramp and follow the signs into New Castle. At 7th Street (County Road 245) turn right and stay on it for approximately 28 miles. Turn right at Hiner Spring on Forest District Road 601. Follow 601 about 2 miles to the Cliff Lake Trailhead on your left. View Real Western Adventure Map View Flat Tops Area
Coulter Lake
Fishing, Hiking, Multi-Use Areas, Water Fun
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Coulter Lake Coulter Lake is a pristine mountain lake three miles into the White River National Forest, north of Rifle. Accompanying the lake is a small guest ranch open year round to guests looking for real western adventure. The ranch offers trail riding, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling and more. View Real Western Adventure Map View Flat Tops Area
Cow Creek Road
ATV’s, Hiking, Hunting, Multi-Use Areas, Points of Interest, Scenic Drive, Winter
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Cow Creek road Cow Creek Road offers an easier, albeit Longer alternate ROute to the JQS Trail for accessing the top of the Roan Plateau. This Cow Creek Road can be accessed by taking Highway 13 North out of Rifle for 18 miles, then taking the Piceance Creek Road (County Road 5) West toward Rangely for 4.5 miles.  The Cow Creek Road exit is on your left. Take it and drive south into the Roan Plateau area for about 30-45 minutes to reach the edge of the Bookcliffs. The road starts out in high desert terrain that gives way to pinyon-juniper forests and then transitions to massive stands of aspen. As you near the southern edge of the Roan Plateau, the views become more and more stunning as the road follows the edge of the cliffs. Expect to need 4-wheel drive capability for most of the year as the road can be muddy with deep ruts. The road is sometimes graded prior to hunting season making for a fall trip that can be made by most vehicles with decent clearance. The Cow Creek Road does meet up with the rougher JQS trail about a mile from the southern rim, offering an opportunity for a four-wheel-drive scenic loop out of Rifle.
Coyote and Squirrel Trails
Hiking
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Coyote and Squirrel TRAILS In Rifle Falls State Park, the Coyote Trail winds past limestone caves, through a lush riparian and forested area, then climbs to a birds-eye view of Rifle Falls. Kids of all ages will love exploring the caves. Bring a flashlight for the largest one. Squirrel Trail crosses East Rifle Creek and winds through Gambel oak forest to the base of a red sandstone cliff. The trail continues along the Grass Valley Canal, which takes water to Harvey Gap Reservoir. Hiked together, the trails make a lopsided figure eight through a naturally and historically interesting area along East Rifle Creek. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Creek Valley Area
Cross Country Skiing
Spring, Winter
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Cross Country Skiing The Rifle Area is conveniently located within short driving distance from world-class cross country and backcountry skiing. Nordic skiers can find groomed trails nearby at the West Elk Trailhead up Buford Rd, a top of the Grand Mesa, Sunlight Mountain Resort, and near the Aspen ski areas. Backcountry skiers have a plethora of options nearby to get out an explore on skins. View Real Western Adventure Map
Deerfield Park
Multi-Use Areas, Parks, Picnic Area, Playground Equipment
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Deerfield Park Deerfield Park is home to Cooper Field, home field for the Rifle Bears Baseball team, as well as, four softball fields (Taugenbaugh, Graham, Bookcliff and Hogback), two soccer fields (Spevere and Anvil Points) and a basketball court. The Deerfield Park Multi-Use Fields are located north of Rifle off of Highway 13. Visitors will also find the Veterans’ War Memorial, The Grotto (an open space area that functions as a dog park), a playground, picnic shelter and bbq grates. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Area
Entertainment in Rifle
Entertainment
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ENTERTAINMENT IN RIFLE UTE THEATRE #1 Live Music Venue The Ute Theater and Events Center has become a centerpiece in downtown Rifle. It’s owned and operated by the City of Rifle and went through an extensive renovation in 2014 that turned the facility into a state-of-the-art venue that is a major asset to our beautiful city.   The renovation included  restoring Art-Deco features, an expanded stage, removable seating for over 300 people, and state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities.   The Ute is available for public and private events including concerts, performances, films, community celebrations, wedding receptions, private parties, and more. Visit Ute Theatre FIRESIDE LANES BOWLING ALLEY Fun For the Whole Family Fireside Lanes is the only bowling alley in the region and is located along Highway 13 just north of Rifle.  It features 12 lanes, an arcade with a pool table, full restaurant, lounge and a sports bar.  There are various leagues including mens, womens, mixed, seniors, youth and there’s even cosmic bowling on Friday nights.  Fireside is fun for the whole family and is always a good time! Visit Fireside Lanes Brenden Theatres 7-Plex Movie Theatre in Downtown Rifle Brenden Theatres is located in Downtown Rifle and is the only movie theatre between Carbondale and Grand Junction.  It’s a state-of-the-art facility that features 7 screens with 100% digital projection & sound presentation including 3D capabilities. All auditoriums offer stadium seating with wall-to-wall curved screens for the ultimate viewing experience. Brenden Rifle 7 offers the latest in box office ticketing as well with internet print at home ticketing, advanced show purchasing, and VIP Movie Club Program. Their concessions menu has fresh popcorn, kettle corn, all-beef jumbo hot dogs, mega nachos, tasty pretzels, burger sliders, hot chocolate & coffee, and more! Visit Brenden Theatres Eat Restaurants, Food & Beverages A visit to Rifle presents a wide variety of options for the foodie in all of us. Culinary delights in Rifle are matched by beverage options including beer, wine, coffee, and craft cocktails as well as unique atmospheres and environments. Catering to virtually every taste, Rifle offers a multitude of exquisite cuisine ranging from the very simple to the extraordinary. Indulge your senses with the variety of dining options conveniently located throughout town. Find Places to Eat Shop Shopping & Specialty Retail Rifle boasts a unique variety of shopping opportunities to discover on a shop-till-you-drop spree, antiquing adventure, or bargain-hunting escapade. Whether you are searching for unique, artisan goods made locally or stores featuring your favorite go-to must-have products, there is a shopping experience for every budget, style, and experience. Find Places to Shop Stay Lodging & Travel Secure as many sunny days and cool nights in the Colorado River Valley as you can, and enjoy our warm hospitality year-round. Experience breathtaking views, great dining, and outdoor adventure. Whether you prefer a hotel, motel, or camping under the wide Colorado skies, we have the perfect accommodations for you. Find Places to Stay
Estes Gulch Trail
Hiking
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Estes Gulch Trail Length: 1.25 miles out-and-back Elevation Gain: minimal The Estes Gulch Trail is a short hike into a Hogback canyon with cool rock formations and fantastic mining ruins. We won’t post pictures here to leave the surprise for your trip. Biking or hiking the dirt road from the highway turnoff can make this a longer excursion if so desired. Directions: Google maps calls this the “Hogback Ridge Trail” which is strange because the trail ends well before it reaches the ridge line. The trailhead can be reached by driving Hwy 13 north from Rifle. After passing the turnoff for Rifle Gap (Hwy 325), drive two more miles to the first turnoff on your right. This is the Hogback Ridge Trail. It follows Estes Gulch as the dry creek bed winds up into the Hogback. Follow this road uphill for 2 miles to reach the trailhead. At 1.5 miles it intersects another dirt road from the right that leads close to Rifle Creek Golf Course and back to Hwy 325. This is a good place to park your car and hike the last .5 miles to the trailhead. The Trail: Hike straight into the canyon for about 2/3 of a mile until you find the mine ruins. Its that simple. Bonus points: Some of the rock ridges and peaks to the left of Estes Gulch look fun to climb. Let us know if you have tried it! View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Creek Valley Area
Fishing
Activities, Fishing
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FISHING Fishing Rifle is located in the center of the bulls-eye for some of the best trout fishing in the country.   Rifle sits on the banks of the  Colorado River and although the river is starting to transition to warm-water species as it flows westward past town, there are still large brown and rainbow trout in the immediate area. To the east of Rifle, the famous Gold Medal fisheries of the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers are a just short drive away. The Colorado and its massive Yellow Sally and Caddis hatches is a great place to wet a line starting from Rifle in the west, moving east to Glenwood and then continuing all the way to its headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park. There are dozens of local guides and outfitters who will take you on a trip of a lifetime, floating in a drift boat or raft down the Colorado or the Roaring Fork.  These trips can be booked most of the year but are most popular from the end of the spring run-off to the end of September. To the north of Rifle, the White River drainage and Trapper’s Lake offer great opportunities to catch a pure strain of native cutthroat trout.   To the southwest are the 300 lakes on the Grand Mesa, regularly stocked with rainbows and other species. Anglers pursuing warm water species will also find a number of great waters to fish including Rifle Gap Reservoir,  Harvey Gap Reservoir and Lion’s Pond. Rifle Gap Reservoir is a popular ice fishing destination during the winter months.
Flat Tops Mountain Bike Trails
Biking
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Flat Tops Mountain Bike Trails The Flat Tops Wilderness Area is a host to many outdoor recreational activities. Discover the mountain bike trails in the area by visiting MTB Project. View Real Western Adventure Map View Flat Tops Area
Fravert Reservoir
Biking, Hiking, Multi-Use Areas
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Fravert Reservoir Fravert Reservoir provides a beautiful setting for bird watching beneath the majestic Roan Plateau To reach Fravert Reservoir, visitors will take the Rifle By-Pass onto County Road 244 (Fravert Reservoir Road) where they will find a parking area on the left hand side of the road.  Waterfowl abounds on the reservoir much of the year.  Please obey the signage restricting access to certain areas. View Real Western Adventure Map View Hubbard Mesa Area
Garfield County Fairgrounds
Entertainment
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Garfield County Fairgrounds The Garfield County Fairgrounds are located at 1001 Railroad Avenue. The Fairgrounds are comprised of a 225′ x 140′ indoor arena, a 250′ x 150′ outdoor arena, 140 stalls, and 3 meeting rooms/banquet halls. The facility hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year, including rodeo competitions, 4-H gatherings, job fairs, carnivals and concerts. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Area
Golf in Rifle
Entertainment, Fall, Golfing, Spring, Summer
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Golf in Rifle Find your course in rifle The beauty of Western Colorado is on full display at the many golf courses throughout the region.  There are three golf courses within a 15-minute drive from Downtown Rifle with additional options in the Roaring Fork Valley, Grand Junction, Vail, and beyond. RIFLE CREEK GOLF COURSE www.riflecreekgc.com Located about six miles north of Downtown Rifle is Rifle Creek Golf Course, an award-winning golf course nestled against the Grand Hogback Ridge.  The championship 18-hole golf course offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and unique experiences that are great for all players.  An open Front 9 weaves across beautiful Rifle Creek and is a fairly easy walk. The back 9 winds through the hills with elevated tee boxes and spectacular mountain views. It is a true Colorado mountain experience on a breathtaking golf course!  Friendly staff, large accommodating practice facilities, clubhouse, bar & grill, Rifle Creek provides the greatest value in the valley along with unforgettable views and experiences.  Learn More BATTLEMENT MESA GOLF CLUB www.battlementmesagolf.com Located 15-minutes west of Rifle in Battlement Mesa is the Battlement Mesa Golf Club, an award-winning course that has been dubbed by Golf Digest as one of the “Best Courses in America You Can Play!”  The course is surrounded by the small town of Battlement Mesa and features some of the best views and topography in Western Colorado. The front nine rests in a valley in the mesa and has a few more trees than the back nine.  The fifth, sixth and seventh holes are known around Battlement Mesa as “the gauntlet” — and for good reason. If you can get through this monstrous stretch, you will truly have tamed the Wild West! The back nine at Battlement Mesa is nearly devoid of trees and offers a true high-desert experience on a mesa overlooking the Colorado River. While the vistas are more open, the final nine holes are just as demanding in terms of accuracy thanks to the presence of “The River.” From the eleventh and twelfth holes, golfers get their first look at the Colorado River, which flows at the bottom of a steep slope. That slope and the beautiful views continue on holes thirteen and fourteen. This is a tough course for hookers—you don’t want to be left on these holes! Learn More LAKOTA CANYON RANCH & GOLF CLUB lakotacanyonranch.com Located in New Castle about 15 minutes east of Rifle is Lakota Canyon Golf Club, which offers 18 holes of world-class golf with stunning views of rugged Western Colorado canyons and natural terrain, Located just below the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, and easily accessed right along the Interstate 70 corridor, Lakota Canyon is one of the most spectacular Colorado golf courses that is easily playable in a day trip from the Aspen and Vail areas. Lakota Canyon’s 7,111 yard layout promises to be enjoyable for all levels of golf. Exciting features players face at Lakota are the elevated tee boxes on occasion dropping 100 feet to the fairway. Lakota Canyon Ranch is open 9 months out of the year, call 800-613-2946 to reserve your tee time today. PGA certified professionals provide management for Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club. Learn More
Grand Hogback Trail at Rifle Arch
Biking, Fall, Spring, Summer
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Grand Hogback Trail at Rifle Arch The Grand Hogback Trail at Rifle Arch is located approximately six miles north of Downtown Rifle off Highway 13. When fully complete, the trail system will be over 18-miles long and ideal for beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders. The trail styles feature a mix of singletrack, machine built flow trails, technical rocky trails, and sage brush flow trails. The Grand Hogback Trail is classic, high-desert riding at it’s finest with panoramic views of the Grand Hogbacks, Roan Plateau, Mamm Peaks, and Rifle Arch – this trail will rival the beautiful trails of Fruita, Grand Junction, and Moab. PHASE 1 Phase 1 of the trail will be approximately 6-miles long and ready to ride in early Spring 2021 once the new parking lot is built. HOW IT ALL STARTED courtesy of RAMBO The Bureau of Land Management approached RAMBO (Rifle Area Mountain Biking Organization) in 2018 with the suggestion of a trail network near the Rifle Arch area as an alternative to user conflict in the Hubbard Mesa area. Much of the proposed area had been cleared for wildlife habitat improvement, but the lack of water prevented it from becoming a viable habitat. With no motorized access, and the hiking trail to Rifle Arch the only trail in the 2,200 acre area, it was a rare opportunity to establish a trail system from a blank slate. Just over two years later, after much deliberation and hard work from City staff, trail builders, and a dedicated group of volunteers, the first phase will be ready to ride in Spring 2021.  Head to RAMBO’s website RideRifle.com for updates regarding the Grand Hogback Trail System.
Grass Valley Road
Biking, Fishing, Scenic Drive, Water Fun
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Grass Valley Road Driving or road-biking on scenic Grass Valley Road takes you through some of the area’s most striking ranchlands. Winding 12 miles from Rifle Gap State Park to the town of New Castle, the road passes Harvey Gap and overlooks miles of green fields in Grass Valley from a high point at 6,400 feet. The Grand Hogback is on the south side of the valley and the Flat Tops are on the north. From the top the road descends almost 1,000 feet in elevation to New Castle. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Creek Area
Hadley Gulch Trail
Hiking
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Hadley Gulch Trail The Hadley Gulch trail is a nice hiking trail leading into the Flat Tops area. It is 5.0 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 603 and ends at Forest Road 653. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking and Horseback Riding. From Rifle, go east to New Castle (15 miles) exit 105. Turn left at the ramp and follow the signs into New Castle to 7th Street (County Road 245). Go north on CR245 to CR243 (Main Elk Creek). Travel north on CR243 to the base of the Clinetops Road. Hadley Gulch Trailhead parking is on the left side of the road. The first half mile of the trail is through private property. Please STAY ON THE TRAIL and observe signs posted along the way. View Real Western Adventure Map View Flat Tops Area
Harvey Gap Reservoir State Park
Biking, Fishing, Hiking, Multi-Use Areas, Parks, Picnic Area, Scenic Drive, Summer, Water Fun
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Harvey Gap State Park Swimming and Picnic Area A GREAT WAY TO BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT Harvey Gap is a 198 acre reservoir featuring great opportunities for fishing, swimming, and stand-up-paddleboarding.  Motorized boats are allowed with a 20 HP maximum and there is a boat ramp on the east side of the lake. Anglers catch catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, crappie, rainbow trout and northern pike.  There are no campsites, but visitors may camp nearby at Rifle Gap State Park.  There are also 30 picnic sites with tables and grills. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Creek Valley Area
Highland Trail for Biking & Hiking
Biking, Hiking
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HIGHLAND TRAIL The Highlands Trails offers approximately 3 miles of trails for both hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers. Highland Trails are located within city limits just south of Highland Elementary with access points on 7th and Fir Ave, as well as at the end of 5th street. These trails are perfect for beginner mountain bikers to hone their skills before moving-on to the more technical trails in the area.  Various spots on the trails offer incredible views of the Bookcliffs and the Colorado River valley. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Area
Hiking
Activities, Fall, Hiking, Spring, Summer, Winter
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HIKING Rifle offers some of the most unique and picturesque hiking opportunities in the state of Colorado. Some of the most popular trails are Rifle Falls, Rifle Arch, and RIfle Riparian Zone.  Additional hiking trails are Three Forks Trail, Beaver Creek Trail, and Hubbard Mesa Trails. Rifle Riparian Zone Trails Ther Rifle Riparian Zone is one of the most unique and beautiful locations in Western Colorado.  The area features a variety of cascading waterfalls amongst the green and lush vegetation.  The area is directly between Rifle Falls and Rifle Fish Hatchery, with the hiking trails running parallel to the creek and alongside ponds. Rifle Arch Trail The trail is roughly 1.5 miles long and hikers should allow between 1 and 3 hours roundtrip. The trail winds through sagebrush flats and pinyon and juniper forests. When hikers arrive at the arch they have the option to view it from a bench below or attempt the steep and rocky climb to the arch’s interior. Hikers who choose to make the ascent into the arch will be treated to breathtaking views of the Colorado River Valley and the Battlements. The hike can be extremely hot in the summer months, so hikers should carry plenty of water and have appropriate footwear. Dogs are allowed. Rifle Falls Trail About 15-20 minutes from Rifle is Rifle Falls, a 48-acre park that features a 70-foot waterfall with three prominent cascading falls that turn the area into a mountain oasis in the middle of the western slope. There are three trails that you can hike at Rifle Falls for all ability levels.  The Rifle Falls trail goes completely around the waterfalls and feature caves for spelunking opportunities, ponds above the falls, and viewing areas from the top.  The Squirrel Trail takes hikers on the south end of the park and the Coyote Trail connects the Rifle Fish Hatchery with Rifle Falls. 
Hubbard Mesa Recreation Area
Areas, ATV’s, Biking, Hiking, Multi-Use Areas, Picnic Area, Regions
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Hubbard Mesa Hubbard Mesa is a 2,480-acre colorful desert landscape of mesas and rock hoodoos at the base of the Roan Plateau. Visitors are greeted with 50 miles of single track, ATV, and jeep trails. This means that when it comes to recreation, if you can dream it you can (mostly) do it. Just be safe out there adventurers! Hubbard Mesa is great for four-wheeling, mountain biking, hiking and target shooting. Be aware that the Open Area designation means there is freedom to do any of these activities anywhere within Hubbard Mesa. The BLM and local partners are working on safety and trash issues. You may find more partners-in-adventure on the main roads, but take a side trail and wander freely through hidden desert alcoves full of unique rock formations and colorful soil striations. https://vimeo.com/500581745 The BLM has designated Hubbard Mesa as the only OHV Open Area in the Colorado River Valley. Hubbard Mesa can be accessed from the Highway 13 Bypass. Turn north onto County Road 244 (Fravert Reservoir Road) where the Rifle District Forest Service office is located. After two miles turn right at the fork onto County Road 290. Continue for approximately 1 mile to the parking area and the trailhead. View Real Western Adventure Map
Hubbard Mesa Trailhead
Biking
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Hubbard Mesa Trailhead How to get to The Hubbard Mesa Trailhead. Take the Rifle By-Pass onto County Road 244 (Fravert Reservoir Road) and then turn right onto County Road 290. Continue on County Road 290 for approximately 1 mile to the parking area where you will find the trailhead. View Real Western Adventure Map View Hubbard Mesa Area
Hunting
Activities, Fall
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HUNTING Hunting The Rifle, Colorado area is considered by many to be the best place in the country to go hunting with its proximity to the Flat Tops region of the White River National Forest.  This area has the largest elk herd in the country at almost 280,000. The Flat Tops The Flat Tops is a few miles N/NE of Rifle and stretches for 235,214 acres and offers the largest elk herd in the world with a cow to bull ratio of 4:1. White River National Forest The White River National Forest is 2.3 million acres of public land containing 10 mountain peaks that reach over 14,000 feet, eight wilderness areas and 2,500 miles of trail – the White River National Forest  is a perfect playground formerly every outdoor pursuit.  
Ice Fishing
Winter
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ICE FISHING Rifle Gap Ice Fishing: The clean, clear waters of Rifle Gap State Park’s 350-acre reservoir provide some of the best fishing in the area. The long, narrow reservoir is home to a wide variety of warm and cold-water fish species and is generally open to ice fishing from December through March (temperatures permitting.) You may check on ice and fishing conditions at the Colorado State Parks Facility located at the park’s entrance. Harvey Gap Ice Fishing: Anglers catch catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, crappie, rainbow trout and northern pike at Harvey Gap.  Ice Fishing draws anglers to Harvey Gap in the winter. Before heading to the park, check the current fishing and ice conditions. The reservoir is about 190 surface acres when full. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Creek Valley Area
JQS Road
ATV’s, Biking, Multi-Use Areas, Points of Interest, Scenic Drive
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JQS Road 4×4 Recommended The JQS Road is a 7-mile dirt road adventure climbing 3,000 feet up the side of the Bookcliffs to the top of the Roan Plateau. The route is great for OHVs, mountain bikes, and vehicles with 4-wheel drive and high clearance who are willing to brave the extremely narrow, steep, rocky, and potentially treacherous conditions. Near the top the trail switchbacks as it cuts through the steepest and rockiest part of the Bookcliffs. Once on top, the trail connects with the road network of the Roan Plateau to visit sites like the Anvil Points. For an easier and less dramatic route to the top of the Roan, check out Cow Creek Road. Directions: From Rifle take Highway 13 North for 1 mile to the Highway 13 Bypass. Proceed west on the Bypass for .5 mile to Fravert Reservoir Road (County Road 244)that is the turn-off for Hubbard Mesa. In about 2 miles the road forks: take the left fork and continue through the Hubbard Mesa Open Area for another 2.5 miles, passing the parking lot and climbing to the next mesa. Here the road will T into the JQS Trail (CR 242). Turn left to begin the climb up the Bookcliffs!
Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club
Entertainment, Golfing, Multi-Use Areas
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Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club Featuring stunning views of rugged Western Colorado canyons and natural terrain, come enjoy the scenic Colorado golf at Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club. Lakota Canyon Ranch opened for play in May 2004, offering a world-class 18-hole championship golf course designed by James Engh. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Creek Valley Area
Lions Pond and Trails
Biking, Fishing, Hiking, Multi-Use Areas, Parks, Picnic Area
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Lions Pond and Trails Lions Pond sits beneath the majestic Roan Plateau and adjacent to the Colorado River. Lions Pond is located right off of I-70 at Exit 90 in Rifle. Originally, the pond was a gravel pit that was created in the early 70’s when the interstate was being built. Visitors are encouraged to spend the day fishing for largemouth bass, green sunfish, and rainbow trout, or simply strolling the one mile loop around the pond. Lions Pond has two wheelchair accessible fishing piers and the Rifle Visitors Center is located in the parking area. The Lions Pond area also includes flushing toilets and picnic areas. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Area
Mamm Peak
Biking, Camping, Hiking, Regions, Scenic Drive
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Mamm’s Peak The Mamm Peaks tower majestically 6,000 feet over the Colorado River Valley. They Are the remnants of an ancient volcanic rim There are several rugged peaks along the ridge, including Sugarloaf Mountain, Haystack, Mountain, and North Mamm Peak which tops out an elevation of 11,123 feet.  Each peak is a jumble of volcanic boulders and ancient lava flows spread out in all directions from the area.  Climbing to the top can be a challenge on the ankles as you hop from rock to rock. The Mamm Peaks are one of Rifle’s best-kept secrets. After only a few minute’s drive from town the landscape transitions from desert pinyon-and-juniper country to a classic Colorado mountain wonderland. Hike the Battlement Trail, West Mamm Creek Trail, or Beaver Creek Trail to find secluded stands of aspens, spruce, and fir that end at 1,000-foot cliffs. Backpack in for a weekend to find creekside campsites, alpine grasslands, fields of wildflowers, and boulder piles. Climb North Mamm Peak for a fun challenge with rewards of 360-degree views of the western slope of Colorado. The Mamm Peaks area has an extremely rich habitat for big-game, especially during the summer months. The area is one of the best black bear habitats in the entire state, as well as an elk calving area and wild turkey habitat. The Mamm Peaks are located approximately 8 miles south of Rifle in the White River National Forest. They can be accessed from a number of different points. From the west, visitors can access the Mamm Peak roadless area and the Battlement Reservoirs from the Battlement Trail. From Rifle, the West Mamm Creek Trail and the Beaver Creek Trail lead into the area. View Real Western Adventure Map
Meadow Lake
ATV’s, Biking, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Multi-Use Areas, Scenic Drive, Water Fun
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Meadow Lake A Beautiful Destination in the Flat Tops Meadow Lake is about a 1 1/2 hour drive from New Castle on the Buford Road (CR 245). The campground is on the northwest side of the lake. Fishing is available with a valid Colorado fishing license. This area is a popular ATV basecamp for trips throughout the Flat Tops. No campfires are allowed by the lake unless in a designated fire ring. Meadow Lake Campground offers 10 campsites. Facilities include tables, fire grates, trash disposal, and a vault toilet. Meadow Lake fishing area has a boat ramp and a vault toilet. The day-use area offers 4 picnic sites with tables and fire rings. The fishing pier is wheelchair accessible. This is a fee use area. From Rifle, head east 15 miles to New Castle. Take exit 105, turn left at the ramp and follow the signs into New Castle. Turn right at 7th Street (County Road 245). This is the Buford-New Castle Road and takes you north to Hiner Spring (about 22 miles). At Hiner Spring you turn right (east) on Forest District Road 601 and follow that to FDR823. Take FDR 823 south to the Meadow Lake-Meadow Campground. View Real Western Adventure Map View Flat Tops Area
Metro Park
Fall, Parks, Picnic Area, Spring, Summer, Water Fun
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METRO PARK Metro Park is located at 1718 Railroad Avenue. It includes the Art Dague Pool & Waterslide, Rifle Action Park, two lighted tennis courts, a picnic shelter and open space. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Area
Morrow Draw Trail
Hiking
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Morrow Draw Trail The Morrow Draw Trail is .75 mile gravel trail that winds through the Morrow Draw Open Space. Patches of woods, meadows, and flowing streams are frequented by a variety of wildlife. It’s a natural oasis in the middle of town. Visitors can enjoy views of the magnificent Roan Plateau from the two sitting areas along the trail. The trail also has a connection to the Rifle Cemetery with even more spectacular views of Rifle. The west trailhead is located at the intersection of 9th St. and Munro Ave. On-street parking is available here. The east trailhead is located just west of the intersection of Birch Avenue and Morrow Drive. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Area
Mountain Biking
Activities, Fall, Spring, Summer
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MOUNTAIN BIKING Rifle is becoming a must-experience destination with it’s immediate access to outstanding mountain biking in and around town The Grand Hogback Trail at Rifle Arch is a new single-track mountain biking trail just four miles north of Downtown Rifle off Highway 13 The trail system will eventually be over 18 miles long, with the first six miles of rideable trails coming Spring 2021, upon completion of the new parking lot area.  https://vimeo.com/506230141/7b392154fe Phase 1 of the trail provides full machine-built flow sections, to hand-crafted singletrack, all emphasizing the unique topographic features, and vistas of the Grand Hogback with panoramic views of the Grand Hogbacks, Roan Plateau, Mamm Peaks, and Rifle Arch.  This is a truly beautiful location on Colorado’s Western Slope.   Grand Hogback Trail at Rifle Arch – Coming Spring 2021 HUBBARD MESA TRAILS The Hubbard Mesa Recreation Area is the evolution of 20 years of user-created social trails weaving through juniper forests, and sage meadows, pigmented layers of adobe, and sandstone boulder gardens. A maze of double track jeep roads, and moto-blazed singletrack traverses the mesas and gullies of this high desert playground. Multiple unmarked intersections make a trail finding app such as Mtb Project invaluable for finding your way around; even better, hit up a friendly local for a tour guide. The Facebook group Rifle Area Mountain Biking Organization often has group ride postings, and is a great way to reach out for trail info and meet local riders. HIGHLAND TRAIL The Highland Trail, named after nearby Highland Elementary, is the only in-town single track and is located up the hill on the east side of town across from Davison Park on 7th St & Fir Ave. The trail is about 3-miles long and traverses across meadows and descends into gullies – it will definitely get your blood pumping! The trail is ideal for beginner to intermediate riders and fun for anyone who enjoys riding. There is a hiking trail adjacent to the mountain biking area that takes hikers to a sunset point… the Highland Trail is a very unique and great pocket of Rifle. THREE FORKS TRAIL // 2150 Three Forks / 2150 follows the headwaters of Rifle creek through spruce trees, aspen groves, and wildflower meadows. The trail is not particularly technical, but the deep grass and dense foliage reduce it to a narrow, at times nearly invisible thread of dirt below summertime wildflowers grazing your handlebars. Further east, the West Elk collection of trails provides a more extensive menu of options. Cherry Creek is an excellent shuttle run, or challenging climb to loop Mansfield Ditch; Clark Ridge provides an additional extension. FRUITA, GRAND JUNCTION, SNOWMASS, NEW CASTLE, DEBEQUE, ROARING FORK VALLEY, VAIL, MOAB We are truly surrounded by world class mountain biking being located on the Western Slope of Colorado – you can be riding the trails in Fruita, Grand Junction, Snowmass, Roaring Fork Valley, Vail, New Castle…. All within an hour or so. WIth Moab only 2.5 hours away, Rifle is truly situated in the center of the bullseye for outstanding mountain biking locations.
North Slopes of Hogback Trail
Hiking
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North Slopes of Hogback Trail Length: 5 miles out-and-back Elevation Gain: 1700 feet (starts at 6,100 feet and ends at 7,800 feet) This hike is perhaps the least known yet most pristine example of the classic Rifle landscape of sagebrush and cactus hills, dry washes, mature pinyons and juniper forests, and the craggy Grand Hogback. A crossing of West Rifle Creek at the beginning of the hike prevents most vehicles from continuing up an old two-track trail. The trail winds through State game lands and into BLM public land before ascending the ridge line of the Hogback for spectacular views of the Colorado River Valley, the Flat Tops, and the Roan Plateau. The trail is closed from October 1st to April 15th for winter wildlife habitat protection. Directions: Coming from Rifle, turn left at the Rifle Gap Dam onto County Road 252. After two miles take a left turn on a gravel road to stay on CR 252. Missing this turn will take you to the Rifle Correctional Facility. From this left turn the trailhead is only ½ mile further on the gravel road. It will be the first two-track trail encountered on the left (BLM Route 8072). Park across the street on the right side of the road in a little pull off. The Trail: On BLM 8072, hike down to cross West Rifle Creek which can be leaped across once spring runoff is over. Cross the creek and hike the trail for a mile, where the trail crosses a wash and bends to the left. After the bend, the trail splits—take the right leg (8071B) to continue heading southwest towards the Hogback. At 1.8 miles the trail reaches a viewpoint. From here the trail gets steeper as it climbs to the Hogback ridge. After passing an old coal mine the hike tops out at 7800 feet on the ridgeline of the Hogback at 2.5 miles. This spot is just above the Rifle Arch on the south side of the Hogback. Trails lead along the ridge in either direction for short distances—the right (northwest) path leads to a better lookout. Bonus Points: Legend has it that a traverse of the Hogback is possible from this point by bushwhacking down the south slopes gully to connect to Rifle Arch. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Creek Valley Area
OHV
Activities, ATV’s
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OHV Rifle’s location at the center of the western slope means immediate access to some of Colorado’s most awesome OHV & ATV trails Hubbard Mesa Recreation Area is one of the Rifle region’s most popular recreational areas and is located just outside the city limits. Additional local OHV trails arefound on the Roan Plateau, Battlement Reservoirs, Flat Tops, and the Grand Mesa.  For those looking to rent OHV’s to explore local trails, multiple companies in the area rent OHV’s and trailers. HUBBARD MESA OHV AREA: Hubbard Mesa is a BLM designated area for Off-Highway-Vehicle use. It sits at the base of the Roan Plateau just a few miles north of town.  Users can enjoy a variety of terrain and difficulty levels within the designated OHV area.  There’s a large parking area, restrooms, a shade shelter, and a kids’ training course. JQS TRAIL TO ROAN PLATEAU: The JQS Road is a 7-mile dirt road adventure climbing 3,000 feet up the side of the Bookcliffs to the top of the Roan Plateau. The route is great for OHVs, mountain bikes, and 4 wheel drive vehicles.  A high-clearance vehicle is recommended on the JQS Road as it features extremely narrow sections, a rocky road base, and potentially treacherous conditions when the weather is bad. Near the top of the plateau, the trail switchbacks as it cuts through the steepest and rockiest part of the Bookcliffs. Once on top, the trail connects with the road network of the Roan Plateau to visit sites like the Anvil Points. BATTLEMENT RESERVOIRS OHV TRAIL: The Battlement Reservoirs OHV Trail is an 8-mile round trip that includes steep hill climbs, mud, rock-climbing and meadows that end at the picturesque Battlement Reservoirs.  The Battlements are a chain of seven reservoirs that provide hiking and fishing opportunities.    The trail is an up-and-back adventure that will have you coming back time and time again with the combination of adrenaline and beauty around every turn. THE FLAT TOPS // WEST ELK TRAILHEAD The Flat Tops is a playground for OHV enthusiasts with a series of motorized trails connecting throughout the 235,000 acres of the Flat Tops area of White River National Forest.  One of the most popular parking areas within close proximity to Rifle is the West Elk Trailhead,  a year-round parking area for motorized and non-motorized recreational activities.  West Elk Creek is located along Forest Road 245 (Buford-New Castle Road) approximately 7.5 miles north of the Forest boundary. The parking area has room for several dozen passenger vehicles and trailers.  During the summer, the West Elk Trailhead serves as the southern access point for Motorized Trail #2290 . During the winter, the trailhead is one of the access points to the Flattops snowmobile trail system, providing parking for snowmobilers who wish to follow the Buford-New Castle Road. The trailhead also provides parking for the West Elk non-motorized trail system, which is located immediately east of the parking area.  GRAND MESA The Grand Mesa, located about an hour from Rifle, is the largest flat top mountain in the world and provides visitors with endless miles of motorized trails for those looking to explore on OHV’s.  It’s considered by many as favorite place to ride due to the high number of trails, 300 lakes, meadows, and mountains to explore. Click to view a map of the Grand Mesa OHV Trail System: View the Map >>
Raynard Ditch Trail
Biking
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Raynard Ditch Trail The Raynard Ditch Trail is a 1-mile long soft-surface trail that hugs the edge of Graham Mesa with great views of Rifle and the Roan Plateau. The south trailhead leaves from the North Pasture neighborhood with two access points off of Anvil View Avenue. The trail quickly enters a natural setting as it skirts below ranchlands with a steep drop-off below it. At its north end the trail dead ends into an unfinished road that is only open to pedestrians and bicycles. Turning right on this road connects you to Graham Mesa Avenue, which many people use to create a loop hike. The first part of the road lacks a sidewalk but it soon picks up as you move south and return to residential neighborhoods. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Area
RC Airplane Area
Entertainment
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RC Airplane Area Rifle’s Remote Control airplane area is located in the Hubbard Mesa open area near the Fravert Reservoir. From Rifle’s I-70 exit head north on highway 13, turn left at highway 244 passing Fravert Reservoir and the Ranger station. Continue on highway 244 for approximately 1/2 a mile – the RC airplane area is on the right. View Real Western Adventure Map View Hubbard Mesa Area
Rifle Arch Area
Areas, Biking, Hiking
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Rifle Arch AREA The Rifle Arch Trail is an easy to moderate hiking trail leading to a stunning sandstone arch formation. Located north of Rifle off of Highway 13. Hikers should head north on Railroad Ave., which becomes Highway 13, for approximately 6.5 miles. You will find the trailhead and parking on the right side of the road at mile marker 7. The trail is roughly 1.5 miles long and hikers should allow between 1 and 3 hours roundtrip. The trail winds through sagebrush flats and pinyon and juniper forests. When hikers arrive at the arch they have the option to view it from a bench below or attempt the steep and rocky climb to the arch’s interior. Hikers who choose to make the ascent into the arch will be treated to breathtaking views of the Colorado River valley, the east face of the Roan Plateau and the Mamm Peaks. The hike can be extremely hot in the summer months, so hikers should carry plenty water and have appropriate footwear. Dogs are allowed. View Real Western Adventure Map
Rifle Area
Regions
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Rifle Area There is much more to the City of Rifle (population 9,300) than meets the eye from Interstate 70. Head to the north side of the Colorado River and the historic neighborhoods of Rifle. Here you will find a variety of shops, restaurants, parks, neighborhoods, and amenities in restored historic buildings. You’ll find the Classic West of gun shops, western-themed restaurants, and dry good merchants. You’ll also find the New West of great coffee, movie theaters, concert venues, and a town-wide trail network. Rifle offers the best of both worlds with a charming small-town feel. View Real Western Adventure Map
Rifle Cemetery
Parks, Points of Interest
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Rifle CEMETERY The Rose Hill Cemetery is located at 777 Birch Ave at the top of the tallest hill in the City of Rifle. The views of Rifle from the western end of the cemetery are some of the best in the area. Visitors will find a directory in the northeast corner of the cemetery. The Morrow Draw Trail connects to the cemetery for hikers.
Rifle Colorado River Boat Ramp
Fishing, Water Fun
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Rifle Boat Ramp The new Rifle Boat Ramp was opened to the public in November 2016. The location has been moved west from the old boat ramp, closer to the Rest Area. It offers an easier and safer take-out for boaters, as well as a 2/3 mile Colorado River Trail to enjoy this scenic part of the Colorado River. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Area
Rifle Creek Golf Course
Entertainment, Golfing, Multi-Use Areas
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Rifle Creek Golf Course The golf course is a public 18 hole championship golf course designed by Richard M. Phelps. Rifle Creek Golf Course is located at 3004 Highway 325, just north of Rifle, Colorado. Golfers will enjoy playing the challenging course with distinctively different nine hole courses, while simultaneously reveling in the scenic beauty of the Rifle Creek Valley. The course offers both men’s and women’s leagues, as well as, instruction. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Creek Valley Area
Rifle Creek Trail
Biking
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Rifle Creek Trail The Rifle Creek Trail is a 3-mile hard surface trail that is a scenic and convenient walking and biking route through the City of Rifle. The trail begins behind the Brenden Theater in downtown Rifle and follows the creek through Centennial Park, Rifle Middle School, and the Garfield County Fairgrounds. The trail has one unfinished section that begins at 9th Street where the trail crosses under Railroad Avenue. This section can be detoured by taking the right-hand connector trail up to Railroad Avenue near Capitol Deli, going north for two blocks, and taking a right on 11th Street. The trail begins again where 11th Street meets Rifle Creek. The trail then passes City Market and Metro Park, before ending at Deerfield Park on 30th Street. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Area
Rifle Creek Valley
ATV’s, Biking, Camping, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, Hunting, Multi-Use Areas, Picnic Area, Regions, Rock Climbing, Scenic Drive, Water Fun
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Rifle Creek Valley Follow Rifle Creek as it spills out of the Flat Tops and into the ranchlands and communities below. This trip highlights the best of Rifle. And bring your toys! With three State Parks (Rifle Falls, Rifle Gap, and Harvey Gap) Rifle Mountain Park, Rifle Creek Golf Course, and endless BLM and Forest Service lands, you can spend a weekend or a lifetime revving up, pumping up, and huffing and puffing up trails, lakes, rocks, and mountains. And all within a few miles. View Real Western Adventure Map
Rifle Falls State Park
Areas, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Multi-Use Areas, Parks, Picnic Area, Water Fun
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Rifle Falls State Park Visitors from around the world flock to the three spectacular 70 foot waterfalls that are the focal point of this idyllic state park In addition to the waterfalls, the area boasts numerous limestone caves for exploring, three hiking trails which meander along the creek, and trout fishing in Rifle Creek. The Park has 13 drive-in and 7 walk-in campsites that are available year round, as well as, shaded picnic areas and the Mountain Mist Amphitheater which can be used for weddings and group gatherings. Parking is limited and a CO State Park day pass or annual pass is required for entrance. Rifle Falls State Park is located at 5775 State Highway 325.
Rifle Fireside Lanes
Entertainment
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Rifle Fireside Lanes Rifle Fireside Lanes…Good Bowling, Good Food, Good Company. Rifle Fireside Lanes is Rifle’s one and only bowling alley. Check them out on Facebook » View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Area
Rifle Fish Hatchery
Fishing, Hiking, Multi-Use Areas, Parks, Picnic Area, Points of Interest
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Rifle Fish Hatchery The Rifle fish hatchery is the largest state-owned and operated trout production hatchery in Colorado and produces rainbow, cutthroat, brook, and brown trout. The fish hatchery is open 8 am – 4 pm year-round, and includes a Visitor Center and viewing room, “Feed The Fish” food dispensers (requires quarters), and a fishing pond for kids. The hatchery is located at 11466 State Highway 325, just north of Rifle Falls State Park. Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery is one of 19 hatcheries in the state dedicated to improving fish populations in order to enhance angling opportunities and contribute to native species recovery efforts. Guided tours are available during the summer months. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Creek Valley Area
Rifle Gap Dam
Areas, Biking, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Multi-Use Areas, Parks, Picnic Area, Points of Interest, Scenic Drive, Water Fun, Winter
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Rifle GAP DAM Rifle Gap Dam is about 5 1/2 miles north of Rifle, at a point where Rifle Creek cuts through the Grand Hogback. The dam was built between 1964 and 1967 by the United States Bureau of Reclamation for irrigation water storage. The dam is operated by the Silt Water Conservancy District and creates Rifle Gap Reservoir. The dam area was also the site of the 1972 art installation “Valley Curtain” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
Rifle Gap Reservoir State Park
Fishing, Parks, Water Fun
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Rifle Gap Reservoir State Park Rifle Gap State Park is located at 5775 Highway 325, north of Rifle, Colorado. The 350 acre Rifle Gap Reservoir is an ideal location for boating, fishing, ice fishing, water and jet skiing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and swimming. The park includes 89 campsites that are open year round, as well as, picnice areas and a swim beach. The park office is open daily from 7am – 8pm and a CO State Parks pass or day pass is required for entrance.
Rifle Heritage Center & Museum
Entertainment, Points of Interest
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Rifle Heritage Center & Museum The Rifle Heritage Center & Museum is the largest museum in Garfield County. The Museum offers a wide variety of exhibits and interactive displays that come together to tell the story of Rifle’s past. Visit Rifle Heritage Center’s Website Here » View Real Western Adventure Map View Mamm’s Peak Area
Rifle Metro Pool
Parks, Water Fun
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Rifle Metro Pool A newly renovated water adventure park Construction of the redesigned Rifle Metro Pool facility finished in June 2020 and boasts a zero-entry kid’s pool with play structure, lazy river, a competition pool with 6 new lap lanes, and a 27 ft. tall waterslide.  There is plenty of room to lay in the sun while not in the water and the snack bar will keep you refreshed.  The Rifle Metro Pool is located on the corner of Railroad Avenue and 18th Street. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Area
Rifle Mountain Park
Areas, Biking, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Multi-Use Areas, Parks, Picnic Area, Rock Climbing, Scenic Drive, Winter
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RIFLE MOUNTAIN PARK NOTICE: Rifle Mountain Park Closed Due to Flooding May 18, 2023 Learn More The beautiful canyon of Rifle Mountain Park has long drawn crowds. Those looking to escape the heat of the lower plains come and enjoy the adventure in the picturesque setting of this rugged place. Modern climbing was introduced to the area in the mid 1980’s, and since then the number of established climbing routes has surpassed 400, with some routes reaching lengths of 40 meters. Because of the quality and quantity of concentrated climbing, along with the convenient access, the limestone walls of Rifle Mountain Park began to gain international attention in the late 1990’s and is still considered one of the best sport climbing destinations in the world. With its tight walls, cool creek, and an elevation of 6,500ft near the Flat Tops Wilderness, the canyon supports year-round climbing and provides sun and shade, no matter the season. Late spring and summer see the largest crowds as travelers commonly take advantage of the city-run camp sites located throughout the canyon, while fall offers cooler temperatures and a beautiful climbing setting as the leaves begin to change. With routes ranging from the beginner-friendly level of 5.7, as well as encompassing some of the hardest grades in the country, climbing in Rifle is truly open to anyone looking to experience the Rockies in an awesome and adventurous way! Rifle Climbing Guides, located in downtown Rifle offers year-round guiding that includes instruction and equipment. If you’re not feeling ready to take on the heights of climbing, follow the Koper’s trail as it winds beneath the western walls of the canyon and enjoy one of the picnic locations; it’s a beautiful place that you won’t soon forget!
Rifle Rest Area
Parks
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Rifle Rest Area The Rifle Rest Area is located off of Exit 90 from I-70. The Rifle Rest Area is located off of Exit 90 from I-70. The rest area sits next to scenic Lions Pond and visitors are welcome to picnic, walk the trail around the pond, or enjoy an afternoon of fishing. The rest area includes restrooms, a picnic area, trailer dump, and visitor information.  The Rifle Boat Ramp on the Colorado River is also close by.
Rifle Riparian Zone
Areas, Fishing, Hiking, Multi-Use Areas, Parks, Picnic Area, Points of Interest
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Rifle Riparian Zone https://vimeo.com/500254395%20 The Riparian Zone is located just south of the fish hatchery and features hiking trails, a series of small cascading falls, and beautiful fishing ponds, all along Rifle Creek. Rifle Creek is loaded with trout in this area and wildlife viewing opportunities abound. The hiking trails connect the Rifle Fish Hatchery on the north side of the Riparian Zone to Rifle Falls State Park on the south side. One of the primary trails is the Coyote Trail that connects the Riparian Zone to Rifle Falls by following Rifle Creek. This area is truly a hidden gem on the Western Slope. https://vimeo.com/629411344https://vimeo.com/629414078 Directions to the Rifle Riparian Zone: Head north of Rifle 1-mile and make a right on Hwy 325 at Fireside Lanes Bowling Alley. It is exactly 10.8 miles from the start of Hwy 325 to the Riparian Zone, and you’ll pass Rifle Creek Golf Course, Rifle Gap Reservoir, Rifle Falls State Park en route to the Riparian Zone. The parking area to the Riparian Zone is approximately 1/2 mile south of the Rifle Fish Hatchery. Previous Next View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Creek Valley Area
Rifle War Memorial
Parks
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Rifle War Memorial The Rifle War Memorial pays tribute to the local men and women who have served their country in our nation’s wars. Head north on highway 13 and turn left on 30th St. where you’ll find the memorial on the north side of the road.
Roan Plateau Area
Areas, ATV’s, Biking, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Regions, Scenic Drive
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Roan Plateau Area The Roan Plateau rises 4,000 feet above the Colorado River Valley. From Rifle, the view of the Roan Plateau is the imposing Bookcliffs and Anvil Points. A drive or bike ride up to the top of the plateau offers so much more. The top of the Roan a wonderland of stunning views, deep canyons, waterfalls, aspen forests, and meadows. A dirt road runs along the edge of the cliffs for miles and miles. What other scenic drive in Colorado has views from atop a 4,000-foot cliff? When you go, don’t forget to bring your toys! The Roan Plateau has miles of trails and jeep roads. It is an ideal place for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, ATVing, hunting, horseback riding, and camping. To get there you’ll usually need a high-clearance vehicle. Thrill-seekers can take the direct route up the historic JQS Trail (look for the road zig-zagging up the cliff-face), while the more comfortable Cow Creek Road wraps around the backside for the rest of us. View Real Western Adventure Map
Rock Climbing
Activities, Fall, Spring, Summer
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Rock Climbing Modern climbing was introduced to the area in the mid 1980’s, and since then the number of established climbing routes has surpassed 400, with some routes reaching lengths of 40 meters. The beautiful canyon of Rifle Mountain Park has long drawn crowds looking to escape the heat of the lower valleys and enjoy adventure in the picturesque setting of this rugged place. Because of the quality and quantity of concentrated climbing, along with the convenient access, the limestone walls of Rifle Mountain Park began to gain international attention in the late 1990’s and is still considered one of the best sport climbing destinations in the world. With its tight walls, cool creek, and an elevation of 6,500ft near the Flat Tops section of the White River National Forest, the canyon supports year-round climbing and provides sun and shade, no matter the season. Late spring and summer see the largest crowds as travelers commonly take advantage of the city-run camp sites located throughout the canyon. Fall offers cooler temperatures and a beautiful climbing setting as the leaves begin to change. With routes ranging from the beginner-friendly level of 5.7, as well as encompassing some of the hardest grades in the country, climbing in Rifle is truly open to anyone looking to experience the Rockies in an awesome and adventurous way! Rifle Climbing Guides,  located in downtown Rifle offers year-round guiding that includes instruction and equipment. If you’re not feeling ready to take on the heights of climbing, follow the Koper’s trail as it winds beneath the western walls of the canyon and enjoy one of the picnic locations; it’s a beautiful place that you won’t soon forget! Words by Joda Hankins of Rifle Climbing Guides
Rulison Detonation Site
Points of Interest
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Rulison Detonation Site The Rulison Detonation site is located on the Battlement Mesa 12 miles southwest of Rifle and 8 miles southeast of Parachute on County Road 302. On September 10, 1969 the federal government detonated a subterranean nuclear bomb more than 8,000 feet below ground in an attempt to break loose natural gas deposits found in the tight sandstone formations. Longtime residents of the area can still remember the shockwave that came through town and even knocked picture frames off the walls. This unique event is commemorated by a plaque at the site, but travelers should know that the plaque is installed on private property and is not readily viewable from the public roadway.
Scenic Drives
Activities, Areas
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SCENIC DRIVES Explore Rifle and beyond Whether you want to explore the areas immediately surrounding Rifle, or take a day-trip to check out the Flat Tops, Grand Mesa, or Ruedi Reservoir, Rifle is located in the center of the bulls-eye for those looking for scenic drives on Colorado’s Western Slope. RIFLE CREEK VALLEY About 5-minutes north of Downtown Rifle off Highway 13 is County Road 325, which threads its way through Rifle Creek Valley. This road begins at Rifle’s Fireside Lanes bowling alley at the corner of Highway 13 & CR 325, and travels northeast about 15 miles ending at the Three Forks Trailhead. The first part of the drive will take you past beautiful ranches and the Rifle Creek Golf Course and features scenic views of Rifle Gap and the Grand Hogbacks. Once you pass Rifle Creek Golf Course, you’ll drive through Rifle Gap, a notch passing through the steep ridges of the Grand Hogback.  The environmental artist Christo famously hung a curtain across this gap in 1972.  The road continues north along a tailwater section of Rifle Creek that’s known by local anglers as an outstanding fly fishing area with its great pocket water. The road gains elevation, bringing you to the top of Rifle Gap Dam, where you can view Rifle Gap and Mamm Peaks to the south and Rifle Gap Reservoir and Cedar Mountain to the north. From the reservoir, you’ll drive across Rifle Gap Dam heading northeast. Over the course of the next few miles you will wind past the Harvey Gap cutoff road (CR 237), Rifle Falls State Park, Rifle Creek Riparian Zone, and the Rifle Fish Hatchery until you reach the entrance to Rifle Mountain Park. CR 325 drives directly through Rifle Mountain Park for about 2-miles and is beautifully scenic all four seasons of the year. Its massive canyon walls will feature rock & ice climbers depending upon the time of year. Rifle Mountain Park is consistently ranked as one the top limestone climbing destinations in the country drawing amateur and professional climbers from all over the world. From the north end of Rifle Mountain Park, it’s another 3 miles until Three Forks Trailhead, which connects people to hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing opportunities and a series of forest roads that travel throughout the portion of White River National Forest known as the Flat Tops. The entire drive can take anywhere from 40 minutes to 2-hours, depending on how often you stop and enjoy the views, activities, and wildlife. WEST RIFLE CREEK VALLEY FEATURES YEAR-ROUND WILDLIFE VIEWING About 15-minutes from Downtown Rifle is County Road 252 which can be accessed on the west end of Rifle Gap Reservoir. The road is a well-maintained gravel road that travels north through West Rifle Creek Valley to Meeker.  Piceance Creek Road (CR 253) connects travellers to Highway 13 about 12 miles north of Rifle. The terrain along the road is a classic western landscape of sagebrush, pinyon, and juniper trees with agricultural land spread throughout. The mountains of the Grand Hogback and the Flat Tops rise to aspens and fir on both sides of the valley. This drive is known to locals as a great place to view wildlife, especially from May through October.   Deer and elk are commonly seen here, especially around dawn and dusk. In addition to deer and elk, there are also moose, bear, coyotes, mountain lion, eagles, turkeys and many types of birds and small mammals. FLAT TOPS // BUFORD ROAD Buford Road spans 42-miles throughout the Flat Tops section of the White River National Forest.  It is a seasonal road that stretches from Buford to Rifle and is one of the most scenic drives in the entire state of Colorado. It takes about 25-minutes to access the south section of Buford Road from Downtown Rifle, and another few hours to drive over the Flat Tops into the community of Buford, just east of Meeker. The Buford Road connects with the official “Flat Tops Scenic Byway” in the town of Buford and continues east to the town of Yampa. From Buford, it takes about an hour to drive back to Rifle via Highway 13. The Flat Tops make you feel like you’re driving through a scenic postcard with mountains, valleys, lakes, and wildlife. Buford Road is closed throughout the winter months but it’s an ideal scenic drive throughout the summer and fall. GRAND MESA SCENIC BYWAY Even with the designation of being the largest ‘Flat Top Mountain in the World’, the Grand Mesa is still relatively unknown to many visitors to the area. It has an area of about 500 square miles and stretches for about 40 miles east of Grand Junction between the Colorado River and the Gunnison River, its tributary to the south. The scenic byway starts in Mesa, and travels through the Grand Mesa, Gunnison, and Uncompahgre National Forests and ends in Cedaredge. The 63-mile road travels through a massive canyon to the top of the mesa which plateaus at approximately 11,000′ above sea level. The drive takes about 90-minutes along Highway 65 with an additional 30 minutes for those who travel Land’s End Observatory. This drive is hands down one of the most picturesque scenic drives on the western slope, especially in the fall months when the leaves are turning. Frying Pan Road Another picturesque drive that’s within close proximity to Rifle is County Road 104 that begins in the town of Basalt, approximately 45 minutes from Rifle. The road travels 16-miles along the Fryingpan River to Ruedi Reservoir. Once at Ruedi, the road continues east into the mountains and ends at Wildcat Mountain, only a few miles west of Leadville (as the crow flies!) The colors along the Fryingpan River and throughout Ruedi and the surrounding mountains are some of the most vibrant you’ll see, especially in the fall months when the leaves turn yellow, red and orange. Make sure to bring your fly fishing gear because the Frying Pan River is known as one
Shopping and Dining
Activities, Entertainment
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SHOPPING & DINING Eat Restaurants, Food & Beverages A visit to Rifle presents a full culinary delight of options for the foodie in all of us. Culinary delights in Rifle are matched by beverage options including beer, wine, coffee, and craft cocktails as well the unique atmospheres and environments. Catering to virtually every taste, Rifle offers a multitude of exquisite cuisine ranging from the very simple to the extraordinary. Indulge your senses with the variety of dining options conveniently located throughout town. Shop Shopping & Specialty Retail Rifle boasts a unique variety of shopping opportunities to discover on a shop-till-you-drop spree, antiquing adventure, or bargain-hunting escapade. Whether you are searching for unique, artisan goods made locally or stores featuring your favorite go-to must-have products, there is a shopping experience for every budget, style, and experience. Stay Lodging & Travel Secure as many sunny days and cool nights in the Colorado River Valley as you can, and enjoy our warm hospitality all year round. Experience the breathtaking views, great dining, and outdoor adventure. Whether you prefer a hotel, motel, or camping under the wide Colorado skies, we have the perfect accommodations for you. Rifle Business Directory Check out all the businesses in town on the Rifle Business Directory! Arts & Entertainment Auto Sales Service/Parts Bars & Restaurants Food Sales/Markets Gas Stations Convenience Stores Health & Wellness Home Improvement Hardware Industrial Liquor Stores Lodging Marijuana/CBD Non-Profits Retail Salons Services Browse the Directory 2023 LOCAL’S CHOICE WINNERS!​ Congratulations to all of Rifle’s winners in the 2023 Local’s Choice Poll! View the Winners
Snowmobiling
Spring, Winter
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SNOWMOBILING Rifle is centrally located to world-class snowmobiling areas frequented by locals and visitors alike. Both the Grand Mesa and Flat Tops Wilderness areas offer access to Colorado’s finest backcountry trails to be explored by snowmachine. Grand Mesa Flat Tops Vail
Snowshoeing
Spring, Winter
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SnOWSHOEING Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the winter landscape surrounding Rifle. The Flat Tops Wilderness area, Grand Mesa, and surrounding White River National River Forest host to a plethora of snowshoe options. Grand Mesa Glenwood Springs West Elk Trails
The Flat Tops
Areas, ATV’s, Biking, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Multi-Use Areas, Picnic Area, Regions, Rock Climbing, Scenic Drive, Water Fun
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THE Flat Tops The region is a high plateau filled with forests, meadows, hills, canyons, valleys, and spectacular views of DISTANT mountain ranges. The name Flat Tops refers to a large region of the White River National Forest northeast of Rifle.  Contrary to their name, the western Flat Tops nearest Rifle are not actually flat. More accessible than its wilderness cousin to the east, the western Flat Tops are a rugged paradise for campers, boaters, bikers, hikers, and ATVers. From Rifle, the area is most commonly accessed via the Buford Road (County Road 245) which climbs up the plateau via the West Elk Creek drainage.  Other common access points are Rifle Creek, the Clinetop Road (Main Elk Creek), Trapper’s Lake (via Meeker), and the Coffee Pot Road near Dotsero. The Flat Tops features what is perhaps the most impressive canyon system in the White River National Forest, projecting like fingers into the high plateau. The White River, Rifle Creek, Elk Creek, and Canyon Creek, all flow out of the western part of the Flat Tops.  No Name Creek, Grizzly Creek, Deep Creek, Sweetwater Creek, and the Yampah River all find their headwaters in the eastern sections of the Flat Tops.  Deep Creek Canyon, accessible through the community of Dotsero, is a must-see.  The canyon ruggedly drops 2300 feet from the rim of the plateau.   Many of the most remote portions of the Flat Tops receive very few human visitors and have been identified by the Colorado Division of Wildlife as an area of extremely high priority habitat. The limestone cliffs in the canyons feature caves that provide habitat for rare bats. Big game populates the area extensively, including bighorn sheep, moose, mule deer, and black bear.  This part of the White River National Forest is home to Colorado’s largest elk herd. The Flat Tops’ scenery is outstanding, featuring scattered stands of aspen and scenic alpine meadows. On top of the plateau, the land is a mix of evergreen and aspen forests, small lakes, and large open grassy meadows. Long riparian corridors lead to vast subalpine grasslands.  OHV enthusiasts will love the Blair Mountain Road which bisects the area from east to west.  In the fall, the Flat Tops draws hunters from across the country in search of trophy elk. The fishing is excellent too. Native American Utes found the same to be true and there is ample evidence of their use of the area.  The ghost town of Carbonate also draws tourists interested in local history. As you travel further and further to the northeast, you will get closer to the famed Flat Tops Wilderness Area.  This non-motorized area offers great fishing, hiking, and horseback riding.  It includes the stunning Trapper’s Lake which is surrounded by sheer flat-topped buttes that give the region its name.  The wilderness area can be most easily accessed from Rifle by taking Highway 13 to Meeker and then driving deep into the White River drainage. View Real Western Adventure Map
The Mamm Peaks
Areas, Hiking
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The Mamm Peaks The Mamm Peaks are located approximately 8 miles south of Rifle in the White River National Forest. They can be accessed from a number of different points. From the west, visitors can access the Mamm Peak roadless area and the Battlement Reservoirs via Interstate 70 at Parachute. Cross the Colorado River on Garfield County Road (CR) 300 into the Town of Battlement Mesa. Go east on CR 302, which becomes CR 338, along Battlement Creek. At a signed pullout, this route becomes the 4WD Battlement Jeep Trail, and becomes FS 847 at the forest boundary. About 1.5 miles within the forest boundary, the Battlement Trail (2160) branches off to the left toward North Mamm Peak. This section of the trail is legal for ATVs and motorcycles. Stay on FS 847 to reach the Battlement Reservoirs. From I-70 in Rifle, take exit 90. Go south a short distance to the second roundabout. Exit the roundabout heading east on Airport Road. Head east about 3.5 miles to West Mamm Road. Turn right, and head south several miles, where you will make a sharp right turn. Continue heading generally southwest up the road. The pavement ends after 7 miles, and turns into a good gravel road. Stay left at 9.5 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 653 after 10.2 miles. The turnoff is located at 39.4129 N/107.7990 W. Drive a quarter mile to the end of the road. This is the trailhead at an elevation 7,820’. View Real Western Adventure Map View Mamm’s Peak Area
The Ute Theater
Entertainment, Points of Interest
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The Ute Theater The Ute Theater, which was designed by U.S. Olympic Nordic Ski Champion Don Monson, was constructed in 1947. The theater served the community of Rifle for many decades before closing in the 1990s. The City of Rifle acquired the theater in 2006 after many years of decay. By the time the City acquired the building, the iconic towers on the facade had been replaced with cedar siding, a common 1970’s renovation material. After undergoing years of renovation to restore the 1947 Art Deco style the Ute Theater and Events Center reopened in 2012 as an iconic symbol of years past in the heart of downtown Rifle. Don’t let the historic feel of the building fool you, with an expanded stage and state-of-the-art mechanical, electrical, and digital sound systems, the Ute has become a catalyst in promoting culture and performing arts in Rifle. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Area
Three Forks Trail
Biking, Camping, Hiking, Multi-Use Areas, Winter
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Three Forks Trail The Three Forks Trail is a great hike or mountain bike ride close to Rifle Mountain Park. The trail follows a fork of Rifle Creek into aspen and evergreen forests for several miles. It eventually meets up with other trails and jeep roads that lead further into the Flat Tops. To get to the trailhead from Rifle, head north on Railroad Ave and turn right onto County Road 325. Continue on CR 325 for 11 miles passing the Rifle Gap Reservoir, Rifle Falls and the State Fish hatchery. The pavement ends at the fish hatchery and turns in to CR 217, follow it 4 miles through the scenic Rifle Mountain Park. Because the Three Forks trailhead sits inside the White River National Forest, you do not have to pay the fee at the entrance of the mountain park – unless you plan and stopping to enjoy the beauty the Rifle Mountain Park has to offer. Once you pass the White River National Forest boundary stay right as you pass the turnoff for Coulter Guest Ranch and turn left at the sign for Three Forks and continue on that road for about 2 tenths of a mile where you will find parking and the trailhead. View Real Western Adventure Map View Flat Tops Area
West Elk Trailhead & Parking Area
ATV’s, Biking, Camping, Hiking, Hunting, Multi-Use Areas, Scenic Drive, Winter
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Buford Road Parking Area and Trailhead the West Elk Trailhead, is a popular jumping off point for summer and winter outdoor activities in the Flat Tops From the parking area you can access miles of multi-use trails and roads, including the Cherry Creek Trail and Mansfield Ditch for mountain biking and hiking and a maintained cross-country ski area in the winter. To get there from New Castle, go 6.5 miles past the cattle guard at the Forest Boundary off Forest Road 245. This trailhead provides access to both motorized and non-motorized use. Amenities include a vault toilet and ample trailer parking. From Rifle, head east on I-70 for 15 miles. At the New Castle exit (105), turn left at the ramp and follow the signs into New Castle. At 7th Street (County Road 245) turn right. This becomes the Buford-New Castle Road. Stay on CR245 for approximately 12 miles to the parking lot. View Real Western Adventure Map View Flat Tops Area
West Mamm Creek Trailhead
Hiking
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West Mamm Creek Trailhead Length: 12 miles out-and-back (shorter hikes on this trail are still worthwhile) Elevation gain: 2,700 feet (7,840 feet to 10,500 feet) The West Mamm Creek Trail is a hiking trail that climbs into the Mamm Peaks region (also called Battlement Mesa) from the east.  Only a 15 minute drive from Rifle, it begins in aspen trees and ends in the alpine highlands near 11,123-foot North Mamm Peak. Directions: From I-70 in Rifle, take exit 90. Go south a short distance to the second roundabout. Exit the roundabout heading east on Airport Road. Go about 3.5 miles past Colorado Mountain College to West Mamm Road (CR 319). Turn right, and head south several miles, where the road makes a sharp right turn. Continue heading generally southwest up the road. The pavement ends after 7 miles, and turns into a good gravel road. Stay left at 9.5 miles. The trailhead can be found by turning right onto Forest Road 653 after 10.2 miles, located  at 39.4129 N/107.7990 W. This is a more rutted road but generally passable.  Drive just a quarter mile to the end of the road. This is the trailhead at an elevation 7,820’. A passenger car can easily make the trip. The Trail: From the parking lot the trail switchbacks through aspen trees for a mile, reaching a ridge at 9,100 feet. Here it appears that several trails converge.  To stay on the West Mamm Trail take the one that heads left (south) following the top of the ridge towards the mountain.  The trail soon crosses a dirt road and continues into a fir and spruce forest, contouring the slope of the mountainside for a few miles.  The trail reaches Beaver Creek at 9,600 feet.  It follows this drainage southwest, climbing to the alpine meadows of the Mamm Peak highlands.  The trail continues through the highlands at an elevation of 10,500 feet with the Mamm Peaks coming into view at about 5 miles from the trailhead. After several more miles the West Mamm Trail eventually meet the Battlement Trail, but if your goal is North Mamm Peak or just to dwell in lovely fields of alpine wildflowers, you need not go that far. View Real Western Adventure Map View Mamm’s Peak Area
West Rifle Creek State Wildlife Area
Biking, Scenic Drive
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West Rifle Creek State Wildlife Area perfect for hunting, hiking and wildlife viewing. West Rifle Creek State Wildlife Area is approximately 1243 acres (1.94 sq. miles or 5.03 sq. kilometers) and ranges from 5,959 ft to 6,835 ft in elevation. The drive along Country Road 252 through this area is a lovely trip into an unspoiled part of the Old West. This property also includes a shooting range. To reach the wildlife area from Rifle, go 4 miles northeast on HWY 13 to HWY 325; turn right; go 6 miles to CR252. Go 1 mile northwest. View Real Western Adventure Map View Rifle Creek Valley Area
White Water Rafting & Water Sports
Fall, Spring, Summer, Water Fun
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WHITE WATER RAFTING & WATER SPORTS White Water Rafting White water rafting in Colorado is the best there is.  With miles upon miles of rushing waters to back it up, the rivers of Colorado can go from calm and easy to difficult and scary in the blink of an eye. Visitors to Rifle can enjoy the epic sections of the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon or kick back and relax on the calmer flows between Silt and Parachute. Colorado River Rifle provides a boat ramp for those looking to float the Colorado River and put-in or take-out in town.  There are additional put-in and take-out locations on the Colorado River within a quick drive, these locations include:  Grizzly Creek, Two Rivers, South Canyon, Tibbits/Dinosaur, New Castle, Silt, and Parachute.  Visitors can use their own water crafts to explore the river or link up with one of the many guide companies throughout the area.  Roaring Fork River The Roaring Fork River is another popular river for white water rafters and is located about 25 minutes from Rifle.  The river is ideal in the Spring and Early Summer when the rapids are roaring. One of the most popular floats on the Roaring Fork River is the section from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs with the beautiful views of the mountains, including the mighty Mt. Sopris. Standup Paddle Boarding Visitors to the area enjoy using their SUPs on the Colorado River, Rifle Gap Reservoir, and Harvey Gap Reservoir.  Harvey Gap Reservoir is the most popular location for stand-up paddleboarding due to restrictions of boats with large motors.   Kayaking and Canoeing Locals and visitors alike enjoy floating on the calm waters of Rifle Gap Reservoir and Harvey Gap Reservoirs, both of which are a quick 15-minute drive from downtown Rifle.  Those looking for more excitement can brave the Glenwood Springs water park on the Colorado River, the Roaring Fork River, or the Crystal River.  Epic runs in the Glenwood Canyon are also popular in the kayaking community.  All destinations are a short drive from Rifle. Boating & Water Skiing Rifle Gap Reservoir is one of the only locations within a 75-mile radius that allows boats with large motors.  Because of this, the reservoir is a popular location for boaters, water skiers, wakeboarding throughout the spring, summer and fall months. 
Winter Activities
Activities, Winter
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WINTER ACTIVITIES Rifle offers a wide variety of activities for those looking to enjoy the outdoors throughout the winter months. Visitors can go ice climbing at Rifle Mountain Park, ice fishing at one of the local reservoirs, snowmobiling on the Flat Tops, snowshoeing & cross country skiing, and skiing & snowboarding at one of the many world-class resorts within a 35-90 minute drive from town. Snowmobiling Rifle is located within a quick drive to two of the most iconic snowmobile locations in the country. FLAT TOPS The Flat Tops directly north of Rifle are considered to be one of the top locations in the country to go Snowmobiling.  The area has a misunderstood name when it comes to the terrain – meadows, mountains, canyons and more – the scenery will take your breath away faster than pushing the throttle.  GRAND MESA It takes about an hour to get to the Grand Mesa from Rifle… and it’s worth the drive!  Being the largest flat top mountain in the world, the Grand Mesa is known as a sledding hotspot with the mass amounts of snow they get each winter. With almost 800 square miles of terrain to explore, the Grand Mesa offers some the best riding opportunities you can find. Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing Colorado is globally known as a Winter Wonderland, and Rifle is within a quick drive of some of the most iconic cross country skiing and snowshoeing in Colorado.  West Elk Creek on the Flat Tops is about 35 minutes from town, with the Grand Mesa and Spring Gulch in Carbondale about 45-60 minutes away. Ice Climbing Rifle Mountain Park is recognized as one of the top ice climbing destinations in the state of Colorado.  The park features steep ice curtains that solidify and become excellent ice climbs.   For you rock climbing experts, the climbs range from WI4+-6.  The park is located about 15-20 minutes north of downtown Rifle Ice Fishing Rifle Gap Reservoir & Harvey Gap Reservoir are two of the most popular locations to ice fish in Western Colorado because of their easy access and variety of fish to catch.  Rifle Gap Reservoir is located about 10 minutes north of town with Harvey Gap being about 15 minutes northeast.  Skiing & Snowboarding Rifle is located within a close proximity to some of the best ski resorts in the world.  We’re a quick 35-minute drive from Sunlight Mountain Resort, 45-minutes from Powederhorn, and 60-90 minutes from Snowmass, Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Aspen Mountain.
World Class Skiing
Spring, Winter
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WORLD CLASS SKIING The City of Rifle is conviently located just a short drive from several ski resorts ranging from world class skiing to local favorites: Sunlight Powderhorn Snowmass Buttermilk Aspen Highlands Aspen Mountain Beaver Creek Vail Copper Mountain Breckenridge Keystone A-Basin Ski Cooper