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In 1987, Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction established the Colorado Riverfront Commission. The vision that motivated this action was ambitious - the reclamation and preservation of the entire reach of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers in Mesa County to improve wildlife habitat, to maintain open space in the river corridors and to enhance the rivers’ potential for recreation and environmental education.

The vision is based on the belief that the quality of the rivers that flow through the Grand Valley has a signal effect on the residents’ quality of life. The objective is to protect the river corridor, complete this regional Riverfront Trail network and provide outdoor recreation and education opportunities from Loma on the west to Palisade on the east along the Colorado River.

The Colorado Riverfront Project has a record of substantial accomplishments supported by a partnership that includes most of the governmental, non-profit, and volunteer organizations in Mesa County concerned with recreation and natural resource management along the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. During the last 25 years, over 30 riverfront properties - almost 2,500 acres - have been protected through conservation easements. Riverfront Trail Progress & Improvements 

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