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Rifle's downtown features antique shops, fine dining, and historic museums. The area surrounding Rifle is rich with wildlife and gold medal streams that provide some of the best elk hunting and fly fishing in Colorado.

Rifle is where the "old west" meets the "new west," where you'll find that small town western feel with a splash of big city appeal. Rifle, Colorado has so much to offer. Don't just read about Rifle, come discover it for yourself!


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Rifle is where the "old west" meets the "new west," where you'll find that small town western feel with a splash of big city appeal. Rifle, Colorado has so much to offer. Don't just read about Rifle, come discover it for yourself!

Attractions and Things to Do

There are many activities that attract tourists to Rifle: golfing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, boating and 4-wheeling/ATV riding.

Event Schedule

Rifle Snowmobile Club Poker Run February 19, 2012
9 am - 3 pm. West Elk parking lot & Huffman parking lot.

Grand River Gallop 5K April 16, 2012
9 am start, Rifle

Rifle Chamber Vivian Raymond Memorial Golf Tournament May 2012

Rifle Rendezvous Festival May 11-13, 2012
Garfield County Fairgrounds

Roan Cliff Chaos June 21, 2012
North of Rifle on Bureau of Land Management JQS area. This BLM race series is on desert trails with many desert hazards.

Centennial Park Concert Series Sundays, June 12 - July 3, 2012
June 12, The Wendy Woo Band; June 19, Real to Reel; June 26, Bob Malone; July 3, Earthbeat and Lindsey O"Brien Band.

Rifle Farmer's Market Fridays, June 24 - September 30, 2012
Located on East Avenue directly beside the newly constructed Rifle Branch Library in Downtown Rifle! Rifle Farmer's Market has become an anticipated summer tradition, combining our community with homegrown, home-made quality produce and products from our little valley. It's the Market where you'll see your neighbor, catch up on the week and kick up your heels to local, live bands playing every week. It's the market where you'll take home a basket full of fresh vegetables and delicious fruits, taste freshly baked breads and honeys, sample mouthwatering melons and try all the flavors of this abundant and diverse market!

4th of July Parade July 4, 2012
Rifle City Hall and Heinze Park

Garfield County Air Fair July 8-9, 2012
Rifle. Red, White and Loud's Country music star Aaron Tippin and CAF's B-29 FIFI. The Golden Knights Parachute team. Happy aerobatics - Kelly Pietriwicz "flying babe". Indy Boys with their Jet School Bus and Jet Outhouse. Aerostars formation Aerobatic 3-man demonstration team in the YAK 52TW and more!

Centennial Concert Series June 12 - July 3, 2012
Sunday evenings beginning at 6:00 pm, Centennial Park 300 West 5th Street, Rifle CO, Free. Join us to begin a new summer tradition for Rifle, Colorado, as the City of Rifle and Rifle Visitor Improvement Fund present Centennial Concert Series 2011! A variety of bands will be playing throughout the series including Wendy Woo on June 12, The Filthy Rich Band on June 19, Ivory Drive on June 26 and ending the series with a 'bang' on July 3 with special performance by Earthbeat, followed by the Lindsey O'Brien Band and ending the night with Rifle's own firework display! We welcome the community to enjoy this free event. Kick up your heels to the variety of music, explore local tastes from vendors in the park, and feast your eyes on the art showcases every week!

Cheatin Woodchuck Chase 5 Mile August 6, 2012

Rifle Mountain Park, 9am start.

Garfield County Fair Parade & Rodeo August 2-6, 2012
The Fair Opens Up Wednesday August 3rd with the Kids Rodeo & Mutton Bustin' and our Barn Dance featuring 19 year old Billboard recording artist Armiger.

  • Thursday night we will feature the Mutton Bustin' Finals and the PBR Rodeo which is an event for anyone who likes high tempo action and some rough ridin". These bull riders are from all over the country and are the best of the Best. Check out their website
  • Friday night we offer some high flying stunts and acrobatics with the Mobile FMX motorcycle stunt team. It is like nothing you have ever seen before!
  • And lastly Saturday night is the ever popular Demolition Derby. Lots and smashes and crashes to appease the motorhead in all of us.
  • Of course we will showcase our 4H Livestock shows and Saturday's Sale as well as our Open class artisans, horticulturists and kids projects too.
  • New elements to this year, we will have local, regional and national live music and entertainment from our "Backstage" Thursday & Friday from 3-7pm and Saturday from 12-7pm.
  • In addition we have added the Vendor Village open to all crafters and merchants. Garfield County Merchants are encouraged to have a booths and sell their wares. There will also be a section for Colorado hand crafters also.
  • Kids will enjoy our carnival as well as the music and entertainment all day long.

Pathway to Fishing September 2, 2012
Rifle Visitors Center - Lions Pond. Come join the Rifle recreation department in conjunction with the Division of Wildlife, Rifle Falls Hatchery, Colorado Sportsman Wildlife and Colorado State Parks and Bureau of Land Management for this exciting event. Ages 6-12 years will learn basics of knot tying, casting, about fish ecology and other interesting facts. Al participants receive free tackle box, tackle and casting pole.

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Fast Facts

1. In 2008 Outdoor Life magazine ranked Rifle, Colorado, #17 of the Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen and in 2009 #27 America's Best Hunting & Fishing Towns. In 2009 White River National Forest is listed as #3 in 10 Best Public Lands to Hunt Elk according to Field & Stream and in April 2007, Sunset Magazine lists Rifle Falls as #6 in the Top 10 Waterfalls to Visit.

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