On your next visit to Glenwood Springs, check out nearby Rifle for lakes, waterfalls, golf and a surprisingly robust arts scene.Rifle is an easy drive from Glenwood Springs, just 27 miles west along Interstate-70.
The forebodingly named town attributes its moniker to an old cowboy land surveyor who left his gun, a rifle, leaning against a tree near a local creek. From then on he referred to the area as “Rifle” and the name stuck. These days Rifle offers day-trippers from Glenwood Springs a place to explore nature and even take in a show. After a day on the lake, putting the greens or exploring Rifle’s natural wonders, head back to Glenwood Springs for a soak or steam in the hot springs and memorable meal at one of Glenwood’s many restaurants.