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.


Rifle is located within a quick drive to two of the most iconic snowmobile locations in the country.

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. 

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.