History

A Brief History of COPMOBA Accomplishments
 

1989

  • Built, developed, mapped and opened 138 mile Kokopelli's Trail
1990
  • Developed Kokopelli's first loop - Marys Loop
  • Built, developed, mapped and opened 142 mile Tabeguache Trail. (Montrose-GJ)
1991
  • Developed Kokopelli's second loop - Lions Loop
  • Organized western Colorado's first ”fall colors” mountain bike tour - Tour de Gold
  • Initiated annual maintenence of singletrack on the Uncompahgre Plateau
1992
  • Began cooperation with the BLM to maintain many ”local favorite” trails in Grand Junction
1993
  • Provided mountain bike use information for the Grand Mesa Travel Plan Revision
1994
  • Published Montrose's first mountain bike trail map
1995
  • Developed, mapped and opened 100 mile Paradox Trail, completing the final link of the region's Grand Loop of mountain biking
1996
  • Developed and mapped Kokopelli's Troybuilt Loop
1997
  • Built and mapped Horsethief Bench Trail
  • Represented mountain biker's interests in the BLM's bangs Canyon Group that recommended management for the popular Bangs Canyon, Little Park, and Lunch Loop areas near Grand Junction
1998
  • Represented mountain bikers interests during the Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan revision - strongly supporting the preservation of single track
  • Continued a mountain bike tour tradition with the Tour de Bloom on Kokopelli's Trail
1999 - 2000
  • Key Participant in the Grand Valley Bike Summit
  • Sponsored the Grand Valley's first IMBA Trail Care Crew visit
  • Sponsored the first IMBA Trail Building School in the region
  • Built the Mack Ridge and Moore Fun trails
2000
  • Spearheaded the construction of the Dry Creek bridge along Tabeguache Trail
  • Rustlers Loop construction started
  • Opposed the closure of Pollack Bench Trail
2001
  • Mack Ridge Trail extension completed
  • Built Curt's Lane Trail
  • Rustler's Loop opened
2002-2004
  • Participated in North Fruita Desert and Colorado Canyons NCA planning processes
2003
  • Sponsored the second IMBA Trail Care Crew visit
  • Completed improvements on Eagle's Tail in Lunch Loop trail system
  • Organized the first Wild West End Tour along the Paradox Trail
2003-2004
  • Participated in Gunnison Gorge NCA planning process
  • Built the Holy Cross re-route to prevent permanent closure of the trail
2004
  • Sent 10 members to a Volunteers of Colorado trail building course to train trail crew leaders
  • Started a Trail Adoption Program for the mtb trails in the northern district of the Uncompahgre Plateau
2005
  • Worked with the City of Grand Junction to protect Curt's Lane trail at the lunch loop area from a private development proposal
  • Built stage one of the Flowing Park Trail
  • Completed a major 32 mile re-route of the Paradox Trail
  • Organized the first annual Dry Creek Canyon Challenge event
  • Helped build stage one of the Pet-e-Kes Trail
2006
  • Increased communication of COPMOBA news and events with the new COPMOBA e-newsletter
  • Continued work on Flowing Park Trail
  • Endorsed preservation efforts for roadless areas
  • Developed policy to address potential impacts on trails by oil and gas exploration, and by private land development
2007
  • Spearheaded development of the Free Lunch trail in Grand Junction: the first officially sanctioned, purpose built freeride trail on BLM lands
  • Participated in the Ridgway, Dry Creek, and Bangs Canyon trail development processes
  • Worked with BLM and Ridgway State Park to get initial Scope of Work for RAT funded
2008
  • Completed Wrangler Trail at the Kokopelli Loops
2009
  • Celebrated the 20th year of building, maintaining, and riding awesome trails on the western slope
  • Inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
  • Completed Flowing Park Trail on the Grand Mesa
  • Participated in the BLM Recreation Management Process for the Grand Junction recreation area
  • Worked with Hilltop Experiential learning program to build Kid's Meal at the Lunch Loop/Tabeguache Trail head
2010
  • Moore Fun re-route
  • Construction support for Sidewinder Trail in the Gunnison Gorge NCA
  • Worked with BLM to establish Palisade Rim Trail
  • Voted "Volunteer Organization of the Year" - Colorado Bureau of Land Management
  • Recipient The Take Pride in America National Award
  • Recipient of an REI $10,000 grant to start the Lunch Loop Bike Park
  • Completed the Lunch Loop Bike Park
  • Started work on the Mesa Top Trail/Grand Mesa(a connector from Hwy 65 to Flowing Park)
  • Held the first COPMOBA Bike Swap fundraiser
  • Created trailhead tear-off maps for both Kokopelli and the Lunch Loop

2011

  • Uncompahgre Chapter began work on the Buzzard Gulch Trail System on BLM land near Montrose

2012

  • Completed Mack Ridge Connector
  • Started COPMOBA/RAT Chapter in Ridgwau: RAT built 2.5 miles of new trail adjacent to Weaver park
  • Started Grand Valley Canyons Capter in the Grand Valley
  • Completed PBR in the North Fruita Desert
  • Collaborated with Mesa Land Trust and the City of Grand Junction to help purchase the Three Sisters Property
  • Started building trails on the Three Sisters property
  • Uncompahgre Chapter performed major cleanup of old dump site at Buzzard Gulch
  • Mack Ridge Connector trail completed

2013

  • Completed MoJoe in the North Fruita Desert
  • Completed first 2 loops on the Three Sisters
  • Uncompahgre Chapter started working with the City of Montrose to create a trail development plan for the Cerro Summit recreation area
  • Uncompahgre Chapter completed Rusty Buckets, and Broken Antler trails on the Buzzard Gulch Trail system
  • Sarlacc and Mojo in North Fruita Desert
  • Three Sisters trails, Hop, Skip and Jump, Yes n Dee Dee, Big Sister completed
  • Palisade Rim Trail completed
‚Äč2014
  • Completed Vulture Rim Trail on Buzzard Gulch Trail System
  • Mesa Top Trail on Grand Mesa completed
  • Time Machine Trail at Lunch Loop completed

2015

  • Curts Lane UP, Curts Lane Down completed
  • Nor’Easter Trail Completed at Lunch Loop
  • Completed Cerro Summit Trails project

2016

  • BookEnds Short Track and Hand Crank Cycle course completed


Ongoing

  • Collaboration with the City of Fruita and the BLM on the North Fruita Desert Plan
  • Ongoing maintenance projects for all MTB trails in the area

COPMOBA has also sponsored over 200 trail maintenance work days throughout the region since 1991!

Upcoming Events

We are ready for a great 2016! The calendar is starting to fill up!
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Crane Lake Trail Work
Aug 12 @ 8:00AM
Details TBA Crew Lead: Kris Cox
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City of Fruita
 
Mountain Khakis
REI
MOGfest
Forest Service
Forest Service
BLM
Thin Air