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Rifle a top town for outdoorsmen

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

RIFLE ” Rifle is among the top 20 towns in the nation for outdoorsmen, according to Outdoor Life magazine.

“It’s about time they realized that,” said Annick Pruett, executive director of the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce. “We already know it is, but wow, that is awesome.”

The western Colorado town ranked No. 17 on the list of the top 200 towns across the nation for outdoorsmen. Fort Collins, on the Front Range, was the only Colorado town ranked higher, at No. 14.

The ranking is not without significance, according to Pruett.

“It will have huge impacts,” she said. “Especially with the way things are economically around the country and the fact that Rifle is a growing economy right now. The fact that we rate so high in the magazine can mean huge things for the area, not only in attracting visitors, but new residents, as well.”

The magazine ranked towns of more than 4,000 residents, based on overall quality of life, growth rate, degree of taxation, work commute times, crime rates, housing costs, median household income and a variety of cultural opportunities within easy driving distance, according to Outdoorlife.com.

When it comes to outdoor pursuits, Rifle rated a seven (on a scale of one to 10) for the number of huntable wildlife species available in the area. The town earned a rating of six for fishable species and a seven for its potential for trophy-sized specimens in both hunting and fishing.

“Rifle has been picked as a top snowmobiling spot as well,” Pruett said. “Rifle Falls was picked as one of the top 20 falls in the U.S. and, of course, the rock climbing here is world renowned.”

– Top five towns in the United States for outdoorsmen, according to Outdoor Life Magazine:

1. Mountain Home, Ark.

2. Lewiston, ID

3. Sheridan, Wyo.

4. Cody, Wyo.

5. Pocatello, ID

– Colorado towns on the list:

14. Fort Collins

17. Rifle

41. Craig

45. Evergreen

84. Gunnison



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