Our Goal: Develop the Monument Corridor as a nexus for a high quality of life, healthy lifestyles and economic development.

 Monument Corridor Multi-Use Trail & Lunch Loops Trailhead Planning

The Monument Corridor serves many recreational user groups, residents and visitors with an unrivaled natural scenic landscape to explore and enjoy. Public input and design will incorporate opinions on trail capacity and connections, trailhead design, safety and views.

Project partners held a series of focus group meetings in early March, 2017 to discuss current concerns regarding increased use of the Lunch Loops trailhead and parking area and the design/construction of the proposed paved path along Monument Road that will connect the Riverfront Trail to the Lunch Loops trailhead.

The public input received in March helped to shape alternative trailhead improvements and shared-use path alignments that were presented on June 28th at two well attended public open houses. If you missed the open houses or would like to take another look, please see the following pages and send comments via email to libby@mesalandtrust.org.

Improving the visitor experience and community access through a collaborative planning partnership between public land entities and non-governmental partners, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), City of Grand Junction, Mesa Land Trust, Colorado National Monument/National Parks Service and Mesa County.

Project partners, with community participation, will:

  • Determine improvements to Facilities at the Lunch Loop Trailhead that meet the needs of current and future recreation users, while minimizing impacts to existing resources. These improvements will enhance safety and enrich the visitor experience
  • Improve active transportation and recreational trail access through the design and construction of a multi-use trail connecting the Colorado Riverfront Trail to the monument Corridor.
  • Incorporate strategies for meeting community needs and addressing the preservation of our local quality of life while being responsive to outdoor recreation tourism.

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSES

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28th 2017

6:30 – 9:30 AM, Grand Junction City Hall

5:30 – 7:30 PM, Mesa County Central Library

The Lunch Loops/Tabeguache trailhead is an important asset to our community. This trailhead experiences over 120,000 visits annually and is one of the most visited trailheads in Mesa County and on the west slope. Public comments over the years and input from focus groups in early March indicated the need for improvements that will increase safety, reduce bottle necks, and improve the visitor experience.

Proposed improvements are reflected in the two alternative designs below. Higher resolution PDFs of each drawing are also available if you click on the proposals.

Focus group meetings in March 2017 helped shape the design alternatives.  Additional valuable input was received at the open houses on June 28.  If you missed the open houses or would like to take another look, please review the alternatives and send comments via email to libby@mesalandtrust.org.

Through a public process in 2014, led by the Mesa Land Trust and RTCA, the public voiced support for an off-road paved trail to provide connectivity of neighborhoods, Lunch Loops and Three Sisters trails, downtown, and the Riverfront Trail. Phase 1 of this trail project will connect the Riverfront Trail to the Lunch Loops/Tabeguache trailhead.

Why a paved trail:

  1. Envision riding to the extensive trails at Three Sisters and Lunch Loops easily and safely from downtown Grand Junction, Las Colonias Business Park, and the Riverfront.
  2. Ride to your favorite single track trails, don’t drive!
  3. You don’t have to be a single track trail user to enjoy the spectacular wildlands of the Three Sisters!
  4. Diversity! Families and users of all skill levels can use the paved trail, jump on to a dirt single track, or ride up to the Bike Park.
  5. An off road paved trail provides safety along the Monument Corridor that experiences high speed traffic.

Focus group meetings in early March yielded the following proposed trail alignments and designs for the paved trail that will extend 1.5 miles to connect the Riverfront Trail to the Lunch Loops trailhead and trail systems.  A high resolution PDF version can be downloaded at the link shown.

Additional valuable input was received at the open houses on June 28.  If you missed the open houses or would like to take another look, please review the alternatives and send comments via email to libby@mesalandtrust.org

Please attend one of our Public Open Houses or email your comments to libby@mesalandtrust.org