RIL pavement maintenance

The Rifle Airport recently had crack seal, fog seal, and painting completed on the runway, taxiways, apron, GA tie-down area, and parking lots. We thank American Road Maintenance for their work in completing this big project. We also thank all of you for your patience with the many schedule changes and complying with our requests to move vehicles and aircraft so the project could be completed. Thank you!

Airport User Meeting Notes

• Collision Avoidance

• Beginning in 2024, the Airport Administration Office must have updated car insurance for all airport users. It is the airport user’s responsibility to send in current proof of insurance. If current proof of insurance is not sent to the Administrative Assistant, all gate cards on the permit will be deactivated. There is a $20 reactivation fee per card.

• Piggybacking charges go to the user who opened the gate AND the user who followed through the gate. The first infraction is $50, second and third infractions are $250 each.


We are proud to host CareFlight here at RIL. CareFlight started providing medical care to Western Colorado in 1976. In 2017, CareFlight brought out a helicopter to the Rifle Garfield County Airport to be closer to the patients in the surrounding counties. The Astar 350 helicopter is staffed with a mountain-trained pilot, a critical care nurse, and a paramedic. For more information, please visit


For current reported weather, please call:
RIL ASOS t 970-625-2206

Rifle weather averages

Average temperature (high) 64 degrees F – (low) 31 degrees F
Average precipitation 11.61 inches
Average snowfall 38.6 inches
January (high) 37 degrees F – (low), 10 degrees F
July (high) 90 degrees F – (low), 52 degrees F

RIL Obstruction Survey & FAA Instrument Procedure Update: 02APR21

The FAA is currently working with the Armstrong/LEAN/Woolpert team to finalize the processing of the latest aeronautical survey and implement the obstacle information into the next available instrument procedure update. (Then please include the table below)

Current Minimums*
Highest Anticipated Minimums*
Lowest Anticipated Minimums*
RNAV (GPS) Y Rwy 8
1922ft – 3 mi
1000ft – 3 mi
1000ft – 3 mi
ILS Rwy 26
1263ft – 4 mi
900 ft 2 ½ mi
673ft – 1 ¾ mi
RNAV (GPS) X Rwy 26
763ft – 2 ¼ mi
665ft 2 mi
296ft – ¾ mi
RNAV (GPS) W Rwy 26
1643ft – 3 mi
1643ft – 3 mi
1643 – 3 mi
2243ft – 3 mi
2243ft – 3 mi
2243ft – 3 mi
*Minimums shown above are for CAT C approach speeds

UAS training facility

A new facility designed to house small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and a flight-qualification course is located at the Rifle Garfield County Airport. The CoE will proctor drone training in the building.
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Call before using drones

Drones are growing in popularity, but they may cause conflicts with local aircraft. Enthusiasts are asked to phone first to check on whether or not they may affect aircraft flying to or from Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
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Business jet airfield

Rifle Garfield County Airport was the third busiest general aviation airport in Colorado in 2016, because of diversions from higher mountain airports which sustain frequent weather delays. The FBO is Atlantic Aviation.
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