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Rifle Riparian Zone

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…

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Rifle Cemetery

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…

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Rifle Gap Dam

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…

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Rulison Detonation Site

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…

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Cow Creek Road

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…

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JQS Road

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…

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Rifle Heritage Center & Museum

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

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The Ute Theater

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…

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Rifle Fish Hatchery

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…

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