January 3, 2016
Public Comment Period open until January 11th for COPMOBA Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) Non-Motorized Recreational Trail Grant Applications!

The Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) and Uncompahgre Chapters of COPMOBA and one of our partners, Montrose West Recreation, submitted three CPW Non-Motorized Recreational Trail Grant applications. The first is for a Large Construction Grant: COPMOBA Regional Trails: COPMOBA SW. The second is for a Small Construction Grant: Paradox Trail Reroute: Montrose West Recreation Inc SW. The third is for a Planning Grant: ???Dry Creek Trail System: COPMOBA - Uncompahgre Chapter SW. 

CPW invites the public to comment on these applications by January 11th by email or mail. Positive public input is critical to the success of these grant applications! If you enjoy riding the trails in Ridgway, in the Gateway/Nucla/Naturita area, and in Montrose (and want more!), please take time to help us TODAY. This is a very important Quick read more or view full article step in the process and your support is necessary. 

Click HERE for links to the grant applications. Comments can be submitted electronically at or by mail:

Trails Program
13787 us Highway 85 N
Littleton, CO 80125


See comment tips for each grant application below:

COPMOBA Regional Trails Large Constructin Grant
While writing your comments think about what the development of new outdoor recreational opportunities in general and these trails in particular will do to make life better for you, your family and  your community.  Do you like to bike/hike/ride horses? Do your kids? Does your spouse? Do you value the increase in economic activity that more opportunities bring, etc. Cite specific examples of benefits to your life, your health, your family or your business.

Uncompahgre Chapter Planning Grant
  • Additional trails reduce user conflicts at Buzzard Gulch by dispersing different users.
  • Trails will create more support for wildlife and protection of public land in the area, by exposing more people to the natural characteristics in the Spring Creek Canyon and the adjacent mesas.
  • Additional trails will diversify the local economy by creating a destination trail system.
  • Trails can improve the health of local residents by providing an accessible facility close to town.
  • Additional trails will reduce random recreational shooting and its disruptive effects on wildlife by introducing more users in the canyon.
Paradox Trail Reroute Small Construction Grant
  • There is a need for more singletrack trails in the West End area.
  • Trail users want the Paradox Trail back onto publics lands and off the county road through Nucla. Over 70% of West Montrose County is Public domain.
  • There is a need for a clear public lands access point and trailhead which would be created just outside  the Town of Nucla.
  • The reroute will create an access corridor east and north of Nucla onto public lands with great potential for future stacked loop systems in those areas.
  • This project will create a draw for mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians from the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway just five miles away.
  • Will help diversify the local economy from traditional uses such as mineral extraction, ranching and hunting.
  • Creates a healthy alternative for youth and adults by encouraging people to get out and enjoy our public land.
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