Land trust acquiring “missing link” for trail

Libby Collins

A 20-acre parcel characterized as a missing link has been purchased to continue a trail in the Grand Valley.

The Colorado West Land Trust purchased the land from a local real estate developer, conserved the property for public open space and transferred ownership to the City of Grand Junction.

A $156,920 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado as well as contributions from the City of Grand Junction and other local donors made the purchase possible.

The parcel will enable the continuation of the Monument Trail and a connection from the Colorado Riverfront Trail to the corner of South Camp and Monument roads.

“This purchase is part of a larger dream to preserve more open space for trails while conserving the natural beauty that has always made the monument corridor a special place,” said Libby Collins, special projects manager at the Colorado West Land Trust.

The final phase of development for the Monument Trail will connect the Lunch Loop trailhead with South Camp Road. The completion of the Monument Trail also will create a 10-mile paved bicycle and pedestrian loop that connects downtown Grand Junction as well as other neighborhoods and popular recreation areas.

Kaart, a geographic information services and surveying company based in Grand Junction was among the supporters of the acquisition.

“As we grow our local economy and develop land for commercial and residential real estate, it’s important to also preserve land for its natural beauty and recreation opportunities,” said Aaron Young, chief executive officer of Kaart.

Mandy Harter, a real estate professional and mountain bike rider, also donated to the acquisition. “These outdoor recreation amenities are important for supporting home values. They are also really important for building a stronger sense of community by providing access to the outdoors for all ages and abilities.”