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Welcome to Rifle ...

The city of Rifle is located in Garfield County<1>.

We aren't confident of the location of Rifle, so consider the above location as an estimate.<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Rifle has a population of 9,811 people<3> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Rifle, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated August 18, 1905.

Rifle is 5,450 feet [1,661 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation of Rifle is about 1 mile [or ~1¾ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Rifle lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Rifle is located in the (970) area code.

The ZIP code for Rifle: 81650<5>

Websites for Rifle ...

Official Website:   www.rifleco.org/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.riflechamber.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Rifle had an population of 9,811 people. This is an increase of 6.97% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 44.62% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Rifle had a population of 9,172 people (which is 16.27% of the total population of Garfield County). This makes Rifle the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Rifle represents 0.18% of the population of Colorado (which has 5,029,196 people), making it the state's 48th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 9,172 people, the population of Rifle increased 35.2% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 6,784 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Rifle.

Communities near Rifle ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Rifle.

  • New Castle (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Castle
    • New Castle lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the east of Rifle and is located in Garfield County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,962 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Castle
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Castle<7>
  • Silt (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silt
    • Silt lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the east of Rifle and is located in Garfield County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,109 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silt have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silt
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Silt<7>
  • Parachute (15 miles [24.1 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parachute
    • Parachute lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the west of Rifle and is located in Garfield County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,114 people
    • Former name for Parachute:
    • Grand Valley
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parachute
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Parachute<7>
  • Battlement Mesa (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Battlement Mesa
    • Battlement Mesa lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the southwest of Rifle and is located in Garfield County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Battlement Mesa have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Battlement Mesa
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Battlement Mesa<7>
  • Chacra (18 miles [29 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chacra
    • Chacra lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the east of Rifle and is located in Garfield County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chacra
  • Una (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Una
    • Una lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the southwest of Rifle and is located in Garfield County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Una have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Una
  • Collbran (22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Collbran
    • Collbran lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<6> to the southwest of Rifle and is located in Mesa County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 727 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Collbran have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Collbran
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Collbran<7>
  • Plateau City (23 miles [37 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plateau City
    • Plateau City lies 23 miles [37 km]<6> to the southwest of Rifle and is located in Mesa County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plateau City have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plateau City
  • Glenwood Springs (24 miles [38.6 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glenwood Springs
    • Glenwood Springs lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<6> to the east of Rifle and is located in Garfield County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,222 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glenwood Springs
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glenwood Springs<7>
  • Cardiff (25 miles [40.2 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cardiff
    • Cardiff lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<6> to the east of Rifle and is located in Garfield County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cardiff have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cardiff

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Rifle. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Rifle.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Rifle. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Rifle.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Rifle. Our list includes 5 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Rifle.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Rifle ...

Looking for more information about Rifle? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Rifle, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Rifle.

Adding Rifle to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Rifle in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Rifle was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Rifle on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Colorado (1947).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Rifle on our Genealogy Page.

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Rifle

The Communities of Colorado

About Garfield County

About Colorado

The official website for Rifle: www.rifleco.org/

The official website for Garfield County: www.garfield-county.com/

The official website for State of Colorado: https://www.colorado.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Colorado's counties, including Garfield, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Rifle.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Rifle - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Rifle). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Rifle or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Rifle) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Rifle. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from RifleOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rifle. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5335, Longitude: -107.7833       In this case, the coordinates for Rifle have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




 

 

 

 

 


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