White Water Rafting

White water rafting in Colorado is considered to be the best of the best.  With miles upon miles of golden waters to back it up, the rivers of Colorado can go from calm and easy to difficult and scary in the blink of an eye. Visitors to Rifle can enjoy the epic sections of the Colorado River throughout the area or enjoy one of the nearby lakes and reservoirs for their water recreation.

Colorado River

Rifle provides a boat ramp for those looking to float the Colorado River and put-in or take-out in town.  There are additional put-in and take-out locations on the Colorado River within a quick drive, these locations include:  Grizzly Creek, Two Rivers, South Canyon, Tibbits/Dinosaur, New Castle, Silt, and Parachute.  Visitors can use their own water crafts to explore the river or link up with one of the many guide companies throughout the area. 

Roaring Fork River

The Roaring Fork River is another popular river for white water rafters and is located about 25 minutes from Rifle.  The river is ideal in the Spring and Early Summer when the rapids are roaring. One of the most popular floats on the Roaring Fork River is the section from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs with the beautiful views of the mountains, including the mighty Mt. Sopris.

Standup Paddle Boarding

Visitors to the area enjoy using their SUPs on the Colorado River in addition to Rifle Gap Reservoir and Harvey Gap Reservoir.  Harvey Gap reservoir is the most popular location for standup paddleboarding due to restrictions of boats with large motors.  

Kayaking and Canoeing

Similar to SUPs, locals and visitors alike enjoy floating on the waters of Rifle Gap Reservoir and Harvey Gap Reservoirs, both of which are a quick 15-minute drive from downtown Rifle.

Boating & Water Skiing

Rifle Gap Reservoir is one of the only locations within a 75-mile radius that allows boats with large motors.  Because of this, the reservoir is a popular location for boaters, water skiers, wakeboarding throughout the spring, summer and fall months.