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Release Date: 03/22/12
Contacts: Katie Stevens, McInnis Canyons NCA Manager, (970) 244-3049    

Ribbon cutting for new trail section Saturday (03-21-12)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Mountain bikers and hikers will have a new trail to enjoy in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area beginning Saturday.

The Bureau of Land Management, together with the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association and multiple volunteers, will hold a short, informal ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m. to celebrate the opening of this new, one-mile section called the Mack Ridge Connector. Following the ceremony, COPMOBA work crews will put the finishing touches on the trail.

This new single-track section provides advanced riders with an alternative to a two-track section of trail, allowing them to connect their ride with several other trails.

Youth crews from the Western Colorado Conservation Corps and more than 40 volunteers from COPMOBA worked more than 470 hours over the winter to complete this trail. Kevin Foote was the lead volunteer on the project.

“This project was a great partnership that involved expert COPMOBA trail-building volunteers lending their skills for some really technical rock and armoring work, as well as crews from Western Colorado Conservation Corps who completed the longer stretches that tied into the technical sections,” said McInnis Canyons NCA Manager Katie Stevens. “As a result, we now have a great new trail segment that will be fun to ride and environmentally sustainable.”

Directions to the ribbon-cutting and trailhead:  Exit Interstate 70 at the Mack Exit (exit 11), approximately 14 miles west of Grand Junction. After exiting, turn left to head south of the Interstate, and turn right onto the frontage road on the south side of the highway; continue west for approximately .8 miles.  You’ll see parking on the left, and the road becomes a two-track and heads up the hill. To continue driving to the event site, a high clearance vehicle is required. Either drive or bike approximately 1.8 miles up to the top of Mack Ridge (this is a fairly long and strenuous uphill climb by bike).  Turn left at the 3-way intersection and go another .5 miles to the event sight overlooking the Colorado River.  We encourage car-pooling or biking to the top if possible as parking at the top is limited.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 03-22-2012