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Rifle - Northwest Colorado

Includes Battlement Mesa, Parachute, Silt

Rifle, Colorado has mystery to its name. There are a few different stories, some involve a Cowboy leaving his rifle behind and then going back to get it and some involve explorers finding a rifle. But one thing for sure is they all involve a rifle leaning against a tree near a creek.

Rifle is full of history; stop in at the Rifle Creek Museum, in the town's former city hall. It exhibits the area's history with themed rooms featuring everything from Native American artifacts to an old-fashioned general store.

A young man gets a golf lesson from instructor at Rifle Creek Golf Course, Colorado, Photo Courtesy of Rifle Creek Golf Course
Golf Clubs are a Must When Vacationing in Rifle - Family Friendly Multi-Tee Courses
A mountain lake that is inside Harvey Gap State Park near Silt, Colorado
Spend a Couple of Days Fishing and Exploring Harvey Gap State Park

Rifle Falls State Park is lush with trees and greenery from the triple 70-foot waterfall; it's just like being in the tropics. There are quite a few hiking trails in the area leading up to waterfalls. But don't think you can't get your adventure fix during the winter months. Rifle also has as ice climbing area.

Other fun things to do near Rifle include, snowmobiling, fishing, big game hunting, rafting, jeeping, or picnicking in Rifle Gap State Park.

Parachute, Colorado has gone through a few name changes in its history, starting with Parachute in the late 1800s. It was named Parachute for how the water patterns flowing from the Roan Plateau resembled the lines of a parachute canopy. In the early 1900s, the town was renamed Grand Valley to lure vacationers to the Grand Valley area. But in the 1980s, the town citizens voted to rename the town back to Parachute.

Three Waterfalls lined up at Rifle Falls State Park in Colorado
The Famous Triple Falls Make for a Great Family Hike
A ice climbing spotter watches as ice climber climbs a frozen waterfall near Rifle, Colorado
Rifle Mountain Park offers Ice Climbing Experiences

Parachute is located at the intersection of Parachute Creek and the Colorado River. Fishing here is plentiful with Brook Trout, Carp, and Catfish. Rafting on the Colorado River is an experience to remember. You will see history along the canyon walls as you ride some of the most intense waves in Colorado.

Battlement Mesa, Colorado is an upscale community within the town of Parachute. It was established to house the employees who worked for the oil company. Today, the largest attraction is the Battlement Mesa Golf Course, which was ranked as one of the Best Golf Courses in America by Golf Digest when it opened in 1987.

The Club House at Rifle Creek Golf Course, Colorado, Photo Courtesy of Rifle Creek Golf Course
Colorado's Western Slope Offers 300 Days of Sunshine, the Perfect Golf Destination Year Round
A butte in Rifle State Park, Colorado
Rifle Gap State Park is a Wonderful Place for a Picnic or a Family Hike

Silt, known as the "Gateway to the Outdoors," is between Glenwood Springs and Rifle in the arid mountains along I-70. The Silt Historical Park is just a few blocks from downtown across from the school. Here guests can walk through 7 buildings that have been relocated and restored to reflect what life was like in Silt around the 1900s. In the summer months, tour guides lead visitors through log cabins, a cow camp, country store, tool shop, and old school house.

Harvey Gap State Park is Silt's backyard playground. The 160-acre lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Catfish, and Small-mouth Bass. Other fun things to do on the lake include windsurfing, hiking, picnicking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.

Rifle is near: Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction & Meeker

LOCATION Rifle is at the Junction of State Highway 13 and Interstate-70 along the Colorado River. From I-70, take exit 90 toward CO Hwy 13.

The distance from Parachute to Silt by way of Rifle is 24 miles; each town is easily accessible from Interstate-70.

Rifle is located about 92 miles east of the Colorado-Utah border and about 130 miles south of the Colorado-Wyoming border.

Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT). Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements. Rifle is about 61 miles east of the airport.

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Battlement Mesa Golf Club  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
An affordable golf vacation near Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction off I-70. Awe-inspiring vistas surround you at Battlement Mesa Golf Club, an award-winning public course opened in 1987. Tee Time!


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Battlement Mesa Golf Club  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
An affordable golf vacation near Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction off I-70. Awe-inspiring vistas surround you at Battlement Mesa Golf Club, an award-winning public course opened in 1987. Tee Time!


Rifle Creek Golf Course and Driving Range  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
3 sets of tee-boxes, play a family friendly game or challenge yourself at Rifle Creek Golf Course and driving range. Between Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs, designed by Richard M. Phelps in 1960!


Rifle Falls/Rifle Gap/Harvey Gap State Parks  Web page link icon
3 State Parks bundled into one amazing experience: Rifle Falls, Rifle and Harvey Gaps. Waterfalls feed a pond, campsites, Junior Ranger Program, and the best ice fishing and summer lake fishing in the area.

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Rifle Activities & Maps

Hiking Trails:
Rifle Hiking Trails & Waterfalls
Rifle Mountain Park Rock/Ice Climbing

Middle Colorado River Fishing Map

Rafting & Kayaking:
Colorado River Rafting & Kayaking

Jeep & 4WD:
Rifle Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails

Rifle Snowmobile Trails

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