Rifle, Colorado Facts:
- County: Garfield
- Coverage Area (Total): 4.3 sq. miles
- Elevation: 5,348 ft.
- Population: 9,172
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, El Jebel, Glenwood Springs, Marble, Meredith, New Castle, Parachute, Redstone, Rifle, Silt, Snowmass, Snowmass Village, Woody Creek
Rifle was founded in 1882 along Rifle Creek and incorporated in 1904. It is a regional center of the cattle ranching industry in Colorado. In 1972, husband and wife artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude completed the Valley Curtain, a 250,000-square-foot curtain that hung in Rifle Gap for 28 hours before wind gusts tore it down. The environmental work of art cost an estimated $600,000.
Rifle maintains a variety of attractions including: