Discussions About Improving the Lunch Loop Trails

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-Located 2 miles from downtown Grand Junction, the Lunch Loop Trail System got its name by being a go-to outdoor attraction for enjoying your lunch break.

Ranging from beginner to expert, some wonder how these world-class trails can get any better.

That's exactly what several agencies, like the Mesa Land Trust, City of Grand Junction, Bureau of Land Management, Mesa County, and the Colorado National Monument are all trying to do.

Small focus group meetings are in place discussing what improvements the community would like to see from the Lunch Loop trail system.

"What they want in terms of shade structures, do they want expanded parking, do they want improved restrooms, is the trail head safe," questions Libby Collins, Project Manager for the Mesa Land Trust.

Addressing the safety of the trail head is on the top of the list.

"The trail entrance is right off the entry way of coming off the highway, so you meet high speed traffic. We want to move the entrance to a different location and we want to improve the facilities," says Kris Cox of COPMOBA.

Also in discussion is creating a new trail connecting the Lunch Loops to the River Front trail.

"There's a lot of reasons why you'd want to connect Lunch Loop to the River Front. People are already riding their bikes, trying to walk their dogs along Monument Road," says Collins.

"It will give us an opportunity to make the community more connected, biker friendly. A lot of folks like to get to that trail head, but going up Monument Road is not the easiest road to ride on," adds Cox.

Officials say the purpose of these discussions is to get ideas on how to improve these aspects, and then present them to the public.

"We will then present those back to the general public, where everyone can be invited to have a look at those and provide additional input," says Collins.

Officials believe improving the trails, will also improve the community.

"Wouldn't it be great if you didn't have to get in your car and drive to go ride your bike," asks Collins.

"It's such a beautiful area out there, the outdoor feeling that you get is going to be a benefit to the community," says Cox.

Officials say that those public meetings should be sometime in May.

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