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General Info:


The Parks and Recreation Department provides recreational programming and maintains City parks and facilities for the enjoyment of the public.


In this section you will find helpful information on the following divisions of the Parks and Recreation Department:

Mission Statement

"To commit to build and maintain parks, programs, facilities, and services necessary to establish Rifle as a premier recreational community on the western slope of Colorado."


“Hi Outdoor Enthusiasts!

Rifle Parks and Recreation staff has experienced a large volume of calls inquiring about Rifle Mountain Park, so we expect busy weekends ahead.

Rifle Mountain Park is open, but remember, Rifle Mountain Park does not have an unlimited capacity.  Once the park is full, it is full.

We do not take reservations and picnic site and campsite use is first come, first served.   If you wish to camp at Rifle Mountain Park, it is best to plan ahead and get to the park before Saturday.

Related to COVID-19, please follow rules that are in place in order to reduce the risk of the spread of Coronavirus, such as washing hands, using hand sanitizers frequently, using social distancing, and do not gather in groups above 10 persons.

Bring enough cleaners and disinfectants with you to be sufficient to sanitize the picnic tables and facilities you use, etc.  

Family members who reside at the same residence are not subject to social distancing within your family group.   

Staying with only your family group, and not mixing with other groups, is best.

Thank you for making this workable!

Tom Whitmore

Rifle Parks and Recreation Director”

Fall Programs

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Come visit Centennial Park at 300 West 5th Street

Centennial Park has been the recipient of three prestigious awards:
  • 2011 Starburst Award from Colorado Lottery
  • 2011 CPRA Columbine Award for Park Design
  • 2011 Downtown Colorado Inc. Award for Best Downtown Park
This park has been the venue for multiple new events in Rifle, including the very successful annual Centennial Concert Series, Fall Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony as well as many other private entity events.

Centennial Park amenities include 2 picnic shelters, a children's water play area, an amphitheater, a decorative Rifle-history-themed central plaza and waysides, Rifle Creek Trail, and a large open turf are (The Great Bowl) and many areas to simply sit and enjoy the surroundings.