Parachute, Colorado
The Town of Parachute is a Statutory Town in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. The Town of Parachute is a small community with a population of 1,100 people, located on I-70 halfway between Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs, Colorado.  The community consists of hardworking and friendly folks adjoined with the unincorporated community of Battlement Mesa, with a population of 4,500,  just across the river.  Although legally separated, both communities act as one and support each other in a variety of endeavors. The town is the birthplace of Willard Libby, recipient of the 1960 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Parachute is a community serviced by two railroads. Access to the railroads and the Interstate make Parachute a prime place to conduct business.  Parachute has ample commercial property available to support new business opportunities.  In the upcoming comprehensive plan update, the Town will identify it annexation opportunities that will provide even more space to expand and do business.

The Town is open for business and, it is (as the Town’s motto states) – A Safe Place to Land.  The Town staff and Board of Trustees supports business growth and will work with you to “make it happen.”

The Town of Parachute serves as the gateway to the natural gas rich fields of the Piceance Basin.  Oil shale abounds in the cliffs north of town where research and exploration on its production potential continues today.

The Town is headquartered at the confluence of the Colorado River and Parachute Creek, both of which are popular waterways for fishing.  Hunting and other outdoor recreational opportunities abound.

The area boasts four hotels with a total more than 250 rooms.  In addition, three parks are maintained by the Town of Parachute:  Beasley Park, a pocket park in downtown with a gazebo; Parachute Rest Area Park, with playgrounds and a large lawn space to play; and Cottonwood Park, an 8 acre park in which special events held and the community gathers to enjoy the outdoor amenities of the park.

Parachute staff provides police protection, maintenance of roadways and water treatment system and administrative services support for the citizens.  Fire Protection services are provided through a Fire Protection District, Parks and Recreation services through the Battlement Mesa/Parachute Parks and Recreation District and our area cemeteries are operated and maintained through a Cemetery District.

Elevation: 5,092′
Population: 1,096 (2013)
Area code: 970
Area: 1.67 mi² (1.61 mi² Land / 38 acres Water)