About the Riverfront Trail:
The Riverfront Trail system is an ongoing, 25+ year-old valley-wide project to provide an uninterrupted public trail system from Palisade to Fruita. Thousands of hours and dollars have been donated to provide a safe haven for native plants and animals and a welcome break from our busy lives. By recreating wisely we can minimize our impact on wildlife, their habitat, and fellow trail users while enjoying your outdoor experience even more. With thousands of people visiting the Riverfront Trails each year, the less impact we each make, the longer we will enjoy what we have. Please do your part to keep our trails clean.
General Rules For Riverfront Trail Use
Please help ensure a pleasurable experience for you and other recreational trail users by following these guidelines and rules:
Report accidents on the trail directly to the Police Department (Dial 911) and reference the number on the nearest trail emergency marker.
Trail hazards and closures:
There may be dates and times for which some sections of the Riverfront Trail will have very heavy use by special events. There may be temporary closures due to damage. During inclement weather or flooding conditions, there may also be closures or delays in clearing the trail for use. When there are major impacts to the trail that we are aware of, we will post them here for more information. Bicyclists should be aware of weeds along the trail that can puncture tires. “Goat heads” are common throughout the Grand Valley and may be encountered along all sections of the trail. It is recommended to have a spare tube along with you and the knowledge how to change it.
Trail planning update – 2013:
Trail building focus in recent years has been to complete the trail from Grand Junction to Fruita. The newest section to be completed in late 2012 was the Monument View section stretching from the Blue Heron section at Redlands Parkway to the Walter Walker Wildlife Area. June 2013 began with trail construction from 18 ½ Road in Fruita, along River Road, to the Fruita Welcome Center. Completion is expected to be in September 2013. Plans and funding are being secured for the final section that will complete the trail from Grand Junction to Fruita. This section is referred to as Phase III, if all goes as hoped, construction will begin in 2013 and be completed in 2014.
What sections are not complete?
The west end of Riverbend Park in Palisade at 36 ¼ Road to 33 ½ Road in Grand Junction, and from 29 Road to 27 ½ Road in Grand Junction. The RFC has been unsuccessful in securing the easements needed for trail construction but has been working cooperatively with both the land owners and other involved entities to resolve issues and minimize safety concerns. In the meantime the RFC advises all trail users to travel safely and use caution when traveling along roadways between trail sections.
How do I navigate the trail between Riverside and Las Colonias section and the Parks and Wildlife Section?
Trail users traveling west from the Riverside and Las Colonias section to the Parks and Wildlife section may use C ½ Road, and turn right (south) on to 29 Road. The Parks and Wildlife trail marker will be visible as a left turn off of 29 Road. Trail users traveling east from the Parks and Wildlife section to the Riverside and Las Colonias Section may turn right (north) on the 29 Road, then turn left on to C ½ Road. C ½ Road provides access to the trail. Please bike or walk responsibly, watch for automobile traffic along roadways, and follow all rules of the road.
How do I track the mileage along Riverfront Trails?
There are emergency markers posted at quarter mile increments along the trail, each marker indicates the nearest road designation. These may be helpful in keeping track of the distance you’ve traveled along the trail. There are many trail access points so we are unable to provide exact distances along the various sections of the trail.
Use these maps for your convenience, knowing that you and others who may rely on your use assume all risk and responsibility. The Colorado Riverfront Commission, City of Grand Junction, Mesa County, City of Fruita, Town of Palisade, and Colorado State Parks and Wildlife are not liable for any damages or injuries resulting from the use of this information.The information included in this website is the property of the Colorado Riverfront Commission ("RFC"). You may view, use, download, copy, e-mail, distribute, and/or print the information from this website, subject to the following conditions: (1) The information shall not be used or displayed in any manner for commercial purposes without the written consent of the RFC; (2) The information shall not be used or displayed in any manner for public purposes unless attributed to the RFC; (3) The information may be used solely for personal, informational, non-commercial purposes; The information is not altered, transformed, manipulated, or otherwise modified, unless the RFC consents.