Rifle, Colorado sits just one hour away from Grand Junction along I-70 E. This town of close to 10 thousand people has a lot of history. A local story suggests the town got its name when a traveler left his rifle leaning against a tree by the creek. The traveler later made a map of where to find it, fostering the town of Rifle. In 1889, the railroad and stockyards arrived and enabled Rifle to prosper as a booming cattle town. Time went on and today, the town continues its ranching traditions in addition to oil and gas exploration and extraction. The area is also known for stellar hunting! According to Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage, "The White River National Forest and BLM lands surrounding Rifle make the region one of the best world class hunting and fishing destinations in America." Fun fact: Rifle was also one of the first Colorado towns to use electric lights powered by a nearby hydroelectric plant.
Rifle Gap State Park is a popular attraction for locals. At the park is a 350 acre reservoir which provides great boating, fishing and swimming; the beach on the west side is especially popular for swimmers. People not interested in lake activities love camping at one of the park's 89 campsites. Either way, there is something for all adventurists. There are fees, however they are minimal and enable upkeep of the area. The area is truly a site for sore eyes.
The Ute Theater at 132 E 4th Street is Rifle's historic theater. This landmark attraction is a treasure to all who attend an event there. It was in dire need of a remodel due to multiple issues including asbestos, so the community of Rifle came together. It was recently renovated in 2014 with a restored Art-Deco theme, seating for 300 people and newly enhanced audio and visual capabilities. Multiple events take place here including concerts, performances and films. The theater can be booked for public and private events. We encourage you to check out this beautiful building!
The Garfield County Fair & Rodeo is a local favorite! From their website, "Garfield County Fair & Rodeo in Rifle, Colorado presents PRCA rodeos, bull riding, family rodeos, a concert, demo derby, a carnival, and much more." There is so much to do and see during this week long event. Check out the Apple Pie Eating Contest or the Ladies Skillet Throwing Contest - both are sure to bring you joy. If you still aren't intrigued, attend the Monster Trucks night featuring gravity-defying tricks and awe-inspiring displays. What's your favorite event here?
Rifle Rendezvous Festival is another exciting event in Rifle! This three day event in May and is the perfect time for friends and family to come together to enjoy what their hometown has to offer. With a carnival, live auctions, dances and mutton busting, you definitely won't be bored. Check out the events schedule online for further details.
Craving some delicious, authentic Mexican food? Check out Chamo's Restaurante! They serve a variety of enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, fajitas and more. That is if you have room after digging into the homemade salsa! And the atmosphere of the restaurant is fun and colorful; you surely are in for a treat at Chamo's. Also, we hear the Palisade Peach Margarita is to die for! Meet you for happy hour?
Located at 309 Railroad Avenue, Polanka is small, family-run restaurant that offers authentic Polish cuisine. They have a range of yummy dishes including sandwiches, pierogi, potato pancakes and blintzes-- including a cheese and plum variety. Treat your taste-buds with a stop at Polanka; they average 4.5 out of 5 stars with 300 reviews on Yelp!