Off-road enthusiasts and long distance mountain bike riders can travel from Grand Junction to Montrose more safely using the new Tabeguache Connector Trail.

Ed Chandler

The one-third mile long connector trail allows motorcycles, ATVs, modified full-sized vehicles, and mountain bikes to the ability to travel the Tabaguache Trail from the Bangs Canyon Trailhead near Grand Junction to Montrose and back.

Ed Chandler

The connector trail gives both a legal and safe way to cross Highway 141 near Whitewater tying two parts of the trail together improving and expanding access to public land. There is a trail sign kiosk at the highway crossing with information and a general map of the over 140-mile trail.

Ed Chandler

Getting the connector trail approved and built has been a multi-year project requiring involvement from several agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Mesa County.

Ed Chandler

The project also required the assistance of Grand Mesa Jeep Club, Western Slope ATV, and Grand Valley Trails Alliance, and others who worked to obtain grant money to help fund the trail.