RIL Pavement Maintenance

The Rifle Airport will have some closures over the next couple weeks as we crack seal and fog seal the runway, taxiways, apron, and parking lots. Please see the schedule below and call the office with any questions.

Fire season

As we gear up for fire season, please prepare. When wildfires ignite, they may spread quickly, leaving people with very little time to grab necessities, secure pets or livestock, and evacuate. The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) offers tips on how to prepare for wildfire and protect yourself if a fire ignites near your home. wildfire
Garfield County Emergency Management


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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