Tabeguache Connector Trail to officially open
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.– The Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction Field Office, Grand Mesa Jeep Club and Mesa County will officially open the Tabeguache Connector Trail on Sunday, September 16 at 4 p.m.
The partners will commemorate the trail opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new trail sign on Highway 141 in Whitewater. Grand Mesa Jeep Club (GMJC) will host a barbecue after the dedication.
“Thanks to strong partnerships, motorized users now have a safe and legal location to cross the highway and can continue to access public lands between Grand Junction and Montrose,” said Katie Stevens, Grand Junction Field Manager.
BLM, GMJC, Mesa County, Western Slope ATV, and Grand Valley Trails Alliance, with support from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Colorado Department of Transportation, worked together on this multi-year project to improve and expand OHV opportunities in western Colorado.
The 1/3 mile connector trail allows ATVs, motorcycles and modified full-sized vehicles to follow the Tabeguache Trail from the Bangs Canyon trailhead near Grand Junction to Montrose, Colo. The trail is also popular for long-distance mountain bike rides.
BLM and Grand Mesa Jeep Club will also hold a clean-up event at 34 and C roads at 9 a.m. on September 16. The public is invited and encouraged to attend both events.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.