The 10 Best Things to Do in Rifle, United States

December 21, 2017 Dorsey Hagwood

The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. The population was 9,172 at the 2010 census, up from 6,784 at the 2000 census. Rifle is a regional center of the cattle ranching industry located along Interstate 70 and the Colorado River just east of the Roan Plateau, which dominates the western skyline of the town. The town was founded in 1882 by Abram Maxfield, and was incorporated in 1905 along Rifle Creek, near its mouth on the Colorado. The community takes its name from the creek.
Restaurants in Rifle

1. Rifle Falls

5775 Co-325, Rifle, CO 81650 +1 303-297-1192
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 285 reviews

Rifle Falls

Reviewed By johnY7709QU - Colorado Springs

This is a great place to sit and relax. Would recommend this to anyone who loves to see the majesty of nature.

2. Rifle Gap State Park

5775 Highway 325, Rifle, CO 81650-9026 +1 970-625-1607
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Rifle Gap State Park

Reviewed By jimattheozarks - Laurie, Missouri

We just completed a week long stay in our camping trailer at Rifle Gap Campground. It is absolutely beautiful! Recently renovated, each site offers first class amenities and lots of space! We stayed in the Lake view loop, the only area offering full hookups. The road and rv parking spaces are paved, with a large contained gravel area adjacent containing a fire ring and picnic table, most with a large roof above. Views of the 350 acre lake and mountains were fantastic!

The campground also contains RV sites providing water and electric only, tent sites, walk in tent sites, day use areas, one with a beautiful pavilion, boat ramp and swim beach.

We stayed busy for the week visiting numerous local and area attractions, hiking, biking, eating, and enjoying Colorado!

3. Harvey Gap State Park

3159 Harvey Gap Road, Rifle, CO
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Harvey Gap State Park

Reviewed By cogar7

They were low ing the lake levels to make dam repairs the friday we visited, but it was still very pretty. There were shaded picnic tables and public restrooms and a swim beach for the kids. Good lake to kayak fish.

4. Rifle Creek Golf Course

3004 Highway 325, Rifle, CO 81650-9023 +1 970-625-1093
Excellent
79%
Good
21%
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5 based on 14 reviews

Rifle Creek Golf Course

Reviewed By 74JAB - Mandan, North Dakota

while I was visiting family in Rifle they suggested golfing. my brother said they had a fun little eighteen-hole course and I was skeptical. while the front nine was fun and a typical golf course, The Back 9 made my day. Getting out of the tee boxes can be straight forward or you can play it the fun way and hit over hills, around dog legs and beautiful scenery from elevated boxes. I will definitely be playing it again when I visit next.

5. Rifle Branch Library

207 East Ave, Rifle, CO 81650-2301 +1 970-625-3471
Excellent
91%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 11 reviews

Rifle Branch Library

We welcome everyone! Free WiFi, restrooms, activities for all ages, public computers, and more! One of the unique features of the Rifle Branch Library is the stained glass window on the 2nd floor that commemorates Theodore Roosevelt’s visits to this area around the turn of the century. Known as the Roosevelt Window, it was originally in the Presbyterian Church at the corner of 4th and Whiteriver.

Reviewed By Sirailin

Naturally, the most important factor to make any library stand out is the people. The staff at the Rifle Library, and all the Libraries in Garfield County, are top notch. Friendly, helpful, knowledgable, and fun, they are always rolling out new programs to keep you engaged and interested. A great resource for children's activities as well as adult recreation, this is a great resource to our town.

6. Rifle Arch Trail

Highway 13, North of Rifle to Mile Marker 7, Rifle, CO
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Rifle Arch Trail

Reviewed By tiburondelnorte - whitewater colorado

the R Arch is a low-key but scenic and rarely-crowded trail not too far up and north of Rifle. A local Boy Scout Troop maintains the trail and you gotta hand it to 'em: it is a good well-marked trail. The end of your trip to view the Arch up close is about 1.5 miles -- and it's not an easy hike. Do pack fluids and snacks. I used to RUN the trail and this is recommended for trail runners -- but not long -- I'd add a couple out-&-backs (adjoining dead-end trails) to make an even 4 miles.

7. Midland Arts Company

101 E 3rd St, Rifle, CO 81650-2317 +1 970-625-3068
Excellent
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5 based on 2 reviews

Midland Arts Company

Reviewed By riflegap - Rifle, Colorado

On a road trip through Colorado we stopped in Rifle for lunch and found this amazing shop. It's an art Co-op representing 50 local artists. High quality work with very reasonable prices. It's a real gem and worth a detour. Don't miss it.

8. Ute Theater

132 E 4th St, Rifle, CO 81650-2322 +1 970-665-6569
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 7 reviews

Ute Theater

Reviewed By Aspenfunnygal - Aspen,

This special little theatre is worth visiting. They've just completed a multi-million dollar renovation and it's wonderful!! They are just getting their legs and beginning to book shows and attract some attention. If you are in the Rifle area and can catch a show there...do it! If you are a performer and looking for a great space, awesome dressing rooms, state of the art sound and lights! The audience is warm and gracious. You'll love the place!

9. Centennial Park

300 E 5th St, Rifle, CO 81650-2902
Excellent
20%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
20%
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3.5 based on 5 reviews

Centennial Park

Reviewed By yahoody - Tulsa, OK

We always try to find city parks for our lunch time picnics when we're on the road and this one was a winner. Park looks relatively new and is tucked into a residential area right off the main street of the town. There are several areas - covered picnic tables, a walking path and a stage. When we were there, we saw several people walking with their children and dogs, so it's nice to see it being used locally. There are two port-a-johns for restrooms, but they were clean and well-stocked.

10. Rifle Climbing Guides

Rifle, CO 81650

Rifle Climbing Guides offers year-round rock and ice climbing throughout Rifle Mountain Park and Western CO. Our guides are professional instructions and mountain guides with experience in places such as Alaska, Europe, The Himalayan and heavily throughout the U.S. They are trained under the highest level of guide practice in the world and hold advanced medical certifications.

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