West End

West End Trails Alliance Update

April 25, 2016
With a new name that better reflects its membership, the West End Bicycle Alliance is now calling itself West End TRAILS Alliance or WETA.  At its last meeting held March 24th in Norwood, the WETA board of directors  also chose its new logo as it strives to brand itself as a group representing ALL non-motorized users in the vast West End.  Stretching from Norwood to Nucla /Naturita and beyond to Paradox and Gateway, WETA represents members in San Miguel, Montrose and Mesa Counties. 2016 memberships to WETA are currently being solicited by mailing Quick read more or view full article a $5.00 membership fee to MWR-WETA, Box 281, Nucla, CO 81424. Please include mailing and emailing contact information.
 
The Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) recently recognized the West End as its newest official chapter although the trail advocacy group has enjoyed a 20 + year relationship with it’s West End partnering organization- Montrose West Recreation, mostly through the local management of the 118 mile long Paradox Trail. COPMOBA and WETA members have been actively mapping favorite local rides and making the information available on mtbproject.comcopmoba.org and locally through the Naturita Visitors Center on Hwy 141. WETA member Tony Adkins is heading up the West End mapping initiative which will include a large area topographical map showing popular West End biking and hiking routes along with camp sites and other features of interest to locals and area visitors. Tony was recently notified that the Paradox Community Trust will be funding the initiative with an $8,000 grant plus $1,000 from San Miguel County along with in-kind services from various WETA and COPMOBA members. Look for downloadable versions on line and in print later this year.
 
Montrose West Recreation and the Norwood Parks and Recreation District have both been notified of BIG trail building grants from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Trails Committee recently. MWR will receive $33,600 for the long awaited Paradox Trail Reroute project which will create 4 miles of interconnecting single track trails to create the 17 mile reroute. This will correct a long standing trespass issue northeast of Nucla while bringing the Paradox Trail within a quarter mile of town and create a trail head with parking and kiosks.  Other contributors to the project include the Telluride Foundation ($4,500), Montrose County ($4,500), the BLM-UFO and the Town of Nucla.
 
NPRD will receive $200,000 for the Burn Canyon Area just west of Norwood eventually creating close to thirty miles of new multi-use trails and multiple trailheads on BLM lands. The BLM-UFO and the NPRD are hosting a tour of the area on Friday, April 29th from 10 am to 3 pm.  Call Robin 240-5300 to rsvp for the complimentary lunch. Both projects will utilize volunteer trail builders for at least some phases of the projects. Contact Paul at: westend@copmoba.org to sign up.
 
A big thanks goes out our WETA vice president and COPMOBA member John B Stewart of Gateway for organizing the John Brown Canyon HillClimb on April 17th. Although a bit on the cool side that day, the nine participants appreciated the not so hot conditions riding  (and running) up the John Brown Canyon. All made it to the finish by climbing 2,000 vertical feet in 4 1/2 miles. Our thanks  also go out to the HillClimb sponsors for all the great prizes- San Juan Huts, Gateway Canyons Resort and Ruby Canyon Cyclery. Read Less
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