A proposed plan would expand the trail network around town.

With winter clearly in the rearview mirror, if you haven't already, it's time to get out and start walking, hiking, and biking. Grand Junction has more trails than any place I've lived but there's always room for more. The Horizon Drive Trail Network has plans to add additional trails in and around Horizon Drive. Check out a map of one of the proposed trails on the Horizon Drive District website.

The first trail would run between the Doubletree Hotel and the strip mall where Safeway is located on Horizon. It would run behind the businesses along Horizon Drive and the Bookcliff Country Club. From there, the trail would continue on down to the Riverfront.

The second proposed trail would start at the Grand Junction Visitors Center and run along the irrigation canal and then cut over to Matchett Park. That trail would wind through the open area in between the 28 Road neighborhood and 29 Roads.

If the proposed trails get approval the next step would be acquiring the land from owners to construct the trails. No word as to when the projects would be completed.

While we're on the subject of trails if you own a bike, a reminder that May is "Grand Valley Bike Month!" This year marks the 8th year in a row that Mesa County will join the nationwide effort to encourage persons to ride their bikes as an alternative to driving. Along with "Bike To Work Day" on May 8th, the month-long celebration includes The Grand Valley Mountain Bike Film Festival at The Avalon on May 16th and don't miss the GJ Off-Road/Four Peaks Downtown Music Festival the weekend of the 17th-19th! We'll talk more about all the great happenings around the "Grand Valley Bike Month" as we get closer.

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