Mesa County seeks comment on protecting Mount Garfield view

Mesa County officials want to hear from the public on how best to protect the view of Mount Garfield, one of the most notable landmarks in the Grand Valley.

The county is asking citizens to participate in a survey as it considers adopting interim development measures and amendments to the county’s land-development code for the area around Mount Garfield.

The county’s master plan identifies Mount Garfield as “the most significant gateway to our community” and indicates that land around its base should be protected from “development that would mar the majesty of that entry experience.”

The nine-question survey is available online at or more directly at The results of the survey, which closes Sept. 1, will be presented during an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Clifton Christian Church, 615 Interstate 70 Business Loop.

County Long-range Planner Keith Fife said the county opened the survey Wednesday, and more than 100 people had taken it by Thursday afternoon.

Mount Garfield was named for the nation’s 20th president, who was assassinated in 1881, just as the valley was opened for settlement.


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