Wide open spaces still rule in Loma and Mack
Loma & Mack
The big news out in Loma and Mack is that isn’t any big news. There aren’t too many changes or ongoing developments, and that’s the way people out in the west end of the Grand Valley like it. The area remains a bit on the remote side, with agricultural amenities and recreational appeal.
There’s no sewer service in Loma and limited sewer service in Mack, so big-scale residential developments are hindered. That, too, is the way most people who live out there like it.
“There are people who love the area — the privacy and the views,” said Mandy Rush, a RE/MAX Two Rivers real estate agent who handles many rural properties in the area. Those same qualities that are prized by some are dismissed by others who dislike the inconvenience of living miles from a grocery store.
Much of the area around Loma and Mack is farmland, and the people who live there enjoy the agricultural lifestyle. Roads are shared with tractors and other farm vehicles.
The Western Slope Cattlemen’s Auction, which began operations in 2008, expanded in the fall of 2013 to add about 30 to 40 percent more capacity.
“We didn’t have enough pens to hold the cattle we were getting,” said Bill Martin, manager of the auction. The biggest auction ever held at the barn was just shy of 4,000 cattle. About 95 to 98 percent of the animals auctioned are cattle and auctions are held every Wednesday.
Closer to the Colorado River on the south side of Interstate 70 near the Loma exit, the Kokopelli Trail offers bicyclists a trail to Moab or a choice of several looped trails of varying distances that meander on the bluffs above the river.
There’s also a boat launch, parking and a camping information for BLM camp areas along the Ruby Horsethief section of the Colorado River. Two years ago, the BLM instituted a reservation system during the busy season for the camp sites and a year ago, it became a fee area.
“Any money we collect on a pay site has to go back into that program,” said Chris Joyner, public affairs representative with the BLM. So far, those additional fees have gone toward additional vegetation, including more cottonwoods for shade, in some camp sites, as well as an additional ranger to patrol the area. According to Joyner, both the reservation system and the fees have been well-received by the public.
Reservations must be made for camping after May 1 and can be made by calling the local BLM office, which confirms the reservation with an e-mail on the same day. Boaters should carry written confirmation of their reservation to show it to the rangers who patrol the river.
Fees to use the unimproved campsites vary, depending on the number of people in the party. Campers must carry ports-potties and fire pans for cooking. No fire pits allowed.
In Mack, Townsquare Media, owner of six local radio stations, purchased Country Jam last year and is planning a lineup that include fresh, new country stars like Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum and Jake Owen for the big music festival in June.
In May, Townsquare Media will be holding the Insane Inflatable 5K race out in Mack as the first venture in holding other events at the Country Jam site. As the name suggests, the event combines a 5K run with massive, inflatable obstacles that contestants must cross.
“We look forward to doing larger events, but so far, this is the only one,” said Roxi Mix, live events manager for Townsquare Media. “There’s no mud, no water, just pure adrenaline and fun.”
Prospective buyers looking for homes in the Loma and Mack area can find a huge variety of single-family homes. There are plenty of small acreage estate and large acreage farm properties, there are also some older homes, more modest homes on small acreage and there’s a mobile home park in Mack.