Three Sisters Update and Trail Dedication

September 11, 2013
The Three Sisters Property acquisition has been an enormous success for the Grand Junction community. The 130 acres was purchased by the Mesa Land Trust in June of 2012. In that same transaction, the Land Trust placed a conservation easement on the property that will protect it forever as public open space and deeded it over to the City of Grand Junction.

Youth and Family Friendly Mountain Bike trails
While the City of Grand Junction and the Bureau of Land Management officially co-manage the property, COPMOBA and the Mesa Land Trust have joined in to design and build family friendly mountain bike trails on the property that connect with existing trails at the Lunch Loop trail area. The first trail building day took place in October of 2012 that completed the loop that extends an existing beginner trail at Lunch Loop. In the April of 2013, COPMOBA, BLM, and Quick read more or view full article Mesa Land Trust hosted the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado’s trail building and restoration training session on Three Sisters as well as recruited many volunteers of all ages to add trail to the initial loop that traverses the property and connects at another Lunch Loop trail. COPMOBA and Mesa Land Trust are now working with the BLM to build a final trail that will extend to the back of the property, connecting to Lunch Loop at a third juncture.
The trails on Three Sisters are designed specifically to take advantage of the beautiful terrain as well as provide alternative access points to Lunch Loop trails that diffuse bike traffic at existing entry points.

Multi-Use Path along Monument Road
As the Mesa Land Trust continues to acquire private lands along Monument Road and place them into public ownership, the City of Grand Junction and Mesa County planners are working on designing trail alignments for an off-road paved multi-use path that will allow trail users of all ages to access Lunch Loop, Three Sisters, different neighborhoods, the Riverfront Trail System, and downtown by bike. The acquisition of the Three Sisters catalyzed the City’s efforts to build this multi-use path by 1) providing public land for a trail and 2) igniting our community in supporting this critical effort to make the Grand Valley more bikeable.
Inspiring More Land Protection and Trail Building Along Monument Road
The Three Sisters project inspired unique partnerships among land conservation and trail advocacy groups, federal agencies, and local municipalities to work towards creating a public gem among existing trail systems, preserving views, expanding trails, and encouraging greater biking opportunities. After Three Sisters was purchased, these partners asked what other lands in the area could be preserved. As a result, the Mesa Land Trust is continuing to purchase strategically located private lands that will provide trail opportunities and permit trail alignments for the multi-use path. Its most recent property acquisition, the Bookends Project, is the purchase of 2 properties that currently bookend the Lunch Loop/Three Sisters trail systems. The Mesa Land Trust is also leading the community in creating a public vision for the Monument Road corridor, in which Lunch Loop/Three Sisters are located, to help identify conservation and recreation goals that will facilitate and enhance biking and walking experiences for people of all ages.

Join us for the official Dedication of the first trails on the Three Sisters.  The event will take place on October 24th at 5pm.  There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, a Costume Bike Parade (kids and adults welcome), and refreshments!

For more information, call Libby at Mesa Land Trust, 263-5443
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