There is an abundance of attractions near Rifle, Colorado. Anything from hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking or any of the other items listed below. ENJOY!
Mountain Biking Mountain bikers will find “a little bit of Heaven” in the Rifle area. Pick up a trail map at the Information Center and explore the beauty of the West Flat Tops Plateau or the grandeur of The Roan Cliffs. This area is habitat for a variety of wildlife and is used for livestock grazing logging and mineral activities. Whether you are new to mountain biking or a seasoned veteran, you will have a first-hand view of spectacular scenery that includes shale cliffs, sandstone mesas, sagebrush parks and pinyon-juniper woodland, grass and wildflower meadows, mountain streams and aspen and fir forests. Panoramic views extend for many miles showcasing the quiet splendor of the Elk Mountains, Gore Range, Grand Mesa, the Flat Tops and the western plateaus.
Rock Climbing Rifle Mountain Park, located just 13 miles North of Rifle, is quickly becoming a destination for rock climbers from around the world. The 2.5 miles of steep limestone walls that comprise Rifle Mountain Park make for dramatic climbs. Climbers can choose climbs in the sun or the shade and rain is generally not a deterrent due to the steepness of the crags. The season runs from mid-April through late October. From late December through March, the canyon also features the best ice climbing opportunities in the U.S!
Water Sports For those who are into water sports, Rifle offers a variety of activities. Fishing enthusiasts will want to “wet their line” in the powerful Colorado River which borders the town. A bit further up-valley, one can enjoy a wild ride in a guided whiteriver rafting tour. North of town you will find a real treasure in the form of Rifle Gap State Park. Here you will find a crisp mountain reservoir that provides for some of the best scuba diving, swimming, boating, water skiing and jet skiing in Colorado. Rifle Gap also offers outstanding trout, walleye and small mouth bass fishing year round. In the winter, you will find cold-weather enthusiasts enjoying ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snow mobiling, tubing and ice-skating on the reservoir. Rifle Gap boasts a paved boat ramp, numerous camping areas, picnic areas, a swimming beach and abundant fishing areas, making it one of the finest areas in the state to enjoy the water. Harvey Gap, located five miles East of Rifle is another favorite spot for anglers. Harvey Gap doesn¹t permit boats over 20 h.p. which makes it an ideal spot for wind surfing, sail boarding, canoeing and kayaking.