A vision for the Sisters

The economic situation may not be right for Mesa County to engage in a spending program to enhance and preserve recreational trails on Orchard Mesa. But, to their credit, the county commissioners have initiated a process that could eventually lead to needed improvements for a pair of trails in the area.

They’re called the Sister Trails — the Old Spanish Trail and the Gunnison River Bluffs Trail. Together, they amount to approximately 13 miles of trails on 3,000 acres of federal, county and private lands, from Whitewater to beyond the county landfill.

A draft report released this week says the county, in partnership with public and private organizations, is pursuing a number of measures for the trails. They include bringing trails up to current standards, improving trail signs, enhancing and adding trailheads and seeking funding sources for improvements.

The area hasn’t received heavy use to date, but more and more hikers, horseback riders and bikers are discovering it. Developing a plan now to promote and protect it for the future makes sense.

To learn more, go to Mesa County’s website at http://www.mesacounty.us and click on “Preserving a Hidden Gem.”


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