Postcards from the President

Postcards from the President

Postcards - December 2011

December 9, 2011
Frost on the north facing slopes and shady corners, and a skiff of light snow on some sections of trail reminds me that this Fall is now really headed into Winter, but WOW, what a gorgeous and extended riding season we’ve enjoyed for the past many weeks now.  It’s given me the opportunity to get in a number or rides on the new Palisade Rim Trail after completion of the initial loop section.  If you haven’t yet tried out this new loop – do so now.  Otherwise, you’ll have to wait for Spring and the additional trail work that will be happening to complete the upper loop section of this new route.  That’ll be another great opportunity to grab a tool and build trail.

This season puts me in the mindset of trail planning as our options for working on trail peter out.  It’s also a good time to look back at the year and consider what was accomplished and what remains of our current plans to carry forward to next year.   Projects that were completed this year include a re-route of Troy Built in the Kokopelli loop area, a connector section of the Gunny Loop, the afore-mentioned first loop of the Palisade Rim trail, the new Down-Uppity route at 18 Rd, the first segment of the Mesa Top trail near Flowing Park, the Bike Park in Fruita (COPMOBA assistance), a new city pump track in Montrose, and the new McCloud 9 trail in Ridgway.  And beyond that new Quick read more or view full article work, several hundred hours of volunteer time spent maintaining the trails and public spaces we use.  Thanks everyone, for that time and effort.

Projects that carry forward into 2012 include several new routes in the 18 Rd / North Fruita Desert area, completion of the upper large loop of the Palisade Rim network, completion of the Mesa Top trail to the Flowing Park loop, Buzzard Gulch trails near Montrose, Paradox trail re-routes, new connections and re-routes in the Kokopelli loops network, as well as many small and large maintenance efforts.
There are also new projects that are just coming into existence.  As mentioned earlier, the Mesa Land Trust is making a big push to acquire the Three Sisters property near the Tabeguache (Lunch Loops) trailhead for use as new public open space.  COPMOBA has committed to build new beginner oriented trails in that area.  The acquisition of this land is a BIG opportunity for our community, and still requires more funding to be completed.  Please join in this process if you care about this land and opportunity - now is the time to get involved.  Visit  to find out more about this project.   New owners have also recently taken possession of the Powderhorn Mountain Resort, and they have voiced a commitment to bring mountain biking to their property, as well as to support COPMOBA’s effort to expand a trail network linking the Mesa top with the valley below.  There are many bright trail opportunities on the horizon.

I’d also like to thank several of our partners in trails.  Without the cooperation and professional work of the Bureau of Land Management, we would be surprisingly limited in our ability to build most of the trail that we do.  The BLM brings public resources, planning, and funding to projects by which we all benefit.  The National Forest Service also provides similar support on lands under their responsibility.   Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI to everyone who goes outdoors on a regular basis) has been a longstanding supporter of trail building efforts and COPMOBA through direct contributions as well as trail-building grant funding.  And this year I’d like to acknowledge the Grand Junction Junior Service League for their contribution to the 18 Rd/NFD skills trail.  They show their commitment to community service in many ways.  This year, one manifestation is to help fund the creation of a new skills trail aimed at novice and youth riders.  The cities of Fruita, Grand Junction, Palisade, and Montrose have all been knockout partners in our efforts.
In all cases, we appreciate the support and efforts of these people and organizations in support of trails, mountain biking, and COPMOBA as an organization in our community.

For 2012, COPMOBA is planning a renewed and vital effort in trail planning and creation.  The very idea of who COPMOBA is will be expanded and recharged – reaching out to more and new members in ways that will be fun and productive.  Exciting things are on the horizon.  I hope that you will help create and define this new era of COPMOBA, and enjoy the results of that work – some sweet trail to roll down at sunset, with friends.

See you out on those trails.
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