The days of autumn in western Colorado are marked with sunny skies, changing leaves, cooler temperatures and filled with limitless outdoor recreational opportunities. The pleasantly warm days are cooled by a chilly breeze that blow golden brown leaves off the branches of trees. Once the leaves have fallen high in the surrounding mountains, the window of opportunity for warm-weather adventures in the alpine begins to close and many locals joyfully return to the warm dry desert climate for their thrills. Rifle turns into a buzzing basecamp of activity home to hunters, hikers, bikers, off-roaders, anglers and adventure-seekers both big and small.
Autumn in our area is often marked by orange – from the changing orange leaves to the well recognized blaze-orange of the hunters that travel to the area with the hopes of tagging a trophy animal. The businesses in the Rifle region are eager to help hunters in making their stay and hunting experience a memorable one by supplying hunters with the amenities and services they need.
The water levels of the Colorado River are at their lowest this time of year, leaving plenty of fishing opportunities both off the shore or aboard a drift boat. Rifle boasts a new boat ramp allowing for safer put-ins and take-outs at the rest stop area. Rifle Creek has plenty of spots upstream closer to Rifle Gap State Park that are favored by local anglers as well as visitors. The Rifle reservoir and Harvey Gap are also great fishing spots for those who prefer fishing a reservoir.
Fall truly is a great time to visit Rifle, Colorado. The area is home to great hiking, biking, four-wheeling, hunting and so much more. The same activities that many enjoy in summer can be still enjoyed during the autumn season but under cooler temps. Be sure to check out the Real Western Adventure map, explore the area and build that Rifle bucket list.