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Rifle retains small-town feel as it grows

Rifle is 37 miles from Meeker and 87 miles from Craig on oColorado Highway 13.
David Pressgrove

Rifle is the closest access to Interstate 70 for Moffat and Rio Blanco counties and considered by some as the gateway to Northwest Colorado.

Rifle has experienced phenomenal growth during the past decade. Some is due to its proximity to the ski areas of Aspen and Vail. Some is credited to the area’s hunting and part is to gas and oil exploration.

The town is booming with new businesses and opportunities while maintaining its small town atmosphere and local community feel.

Downtown Rifle features antique shops, fine dining and historic museums.

Outdoor enthusiasts will be drawn to the fishing and river rafting along the Colorado River as well as the hiking, biking and backpacking.

The surrounding area is rich with wildlife with some of the best elk hunting in Colorado.

With two state parks – Rifle Gap State Park and Rifle Falls State Park – there are plenty of options for fishing, camping, boating and swimming in cool Rocky Mountain water. The park has a paved boat ramp and offers outstanding trout, walleye and small-mouth bass fishing year-round.

Rifle is 37 miles from Meeker and 87 miles from Craig on Colorado Highway 13.

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