COPMOBA and partners announce grant award for the Palisade Plunge!

November 16, 2018



Grand Junction, Colorado – Nov 16, 2018

Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, Inc. (COPMOBA) and partners announce the award of $527,000 in grant funding, for a total project value of $685,249, from Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) to fund Phase 1 of construction of the Palisade Plunge Trail. Mesa County is the grant recipient, in partnership with COPMOBA, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, Town of Palisade, City of Grand Junction, City of Fruita, and multiple business and regional partners. COPMOBA will work with Mesa County in support of project planning and contractor sourcing, and will construct portions of the Phase 1 trail as a part of the project. COPMOBA recognizes the committed participation Quick read more or view full article of the broad array of community partners in the completion of planning efforts that allows for the accomplishment of the goal to create a unique trail which will improve access to public lands, provide positive economic impact to the region, and serve as a tool to care for our natural resources.

When complete, the Palisade Plunge will connect the top of the Grand Mesa (10,700') to the Town of Palisade, CO, (4,700') via 32 miles of superb quality back-country singletrack with 6,000’ of vertical relief. Phase 1 of the project is to construct the lower half of the overall route. This effort will provide ~18 miles of new point-to-point trail, plus create new trail loop options adjacent to and connecting with the existing Palisade Rim Trail. Construction start is anticipated for Summer, 2019. Phase 2 efforts will be pursued in series with Phase 1.

Earlier this year, COPMOBA kicked off Power the Plunge, the fundraising campaign for the entire Palisade Plunge project, and has raised over $99,000 in funding and commitments to contribute toward grant match requirements, trail construction, and long-term trail maintenance. The ongoing success of Power the Plunge is due to hundreds of donors from across the region and country that come from several different trail user groups including mountain bikers, runners, walkers, hikers, and equestrians. Donations and additional information can be found at www.copmoba.org/PowerThePlunge.


For more information, contact:

Scott Winans

COPMOBA, Board President



Since 1989, COPMOBA has been dedicated to building, maintaining, and advocating for sustainable singletrack


mountain bike trails on the Colorado Plateau in western Colorado.

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RAT to elect new steering committee on Sept 19, 2018

August 14, 2018
The Ridgway Area Trails Chapter of COPMOBA will meet on September 19th, 2018, at 6:00 pm, 188 Marie Street, Ridgway Colorado, for the purpose of electing local steering committee members for the next 12 months.  Only current members of COPMOBA may vote for steering committee members.  If you would like join COPMOBA and get involved in the RAT steering committee selection process, please visit www.copmoba.org/traillove.  When you fill out the registration e-form, be sure you select Ridgway Area Trails as your local chapter.  Thanks for supporting COPMOBA.
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2018 Tour de Bloom Registration Now Open!

January 19, 2018
2018 Tour de Bloom

29th Annual COPMOBA Benefit Ride on the world famous Kokopelli Trail

4 Days, 3 Nights - Guided and Fully Supported
Limited to 30 Riders – Spots Fill Quickly – Registration Deadline April 12th, 2018

Click here for more information and to sign up!
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Escalante Triangle Trails Kick-Off Event

October 17, 2017
DAMB (Delta Area Mountain Bikers) Invites Public to – New Trail System Celebration and Planning
On Saturday, October 28th, 2017, the public is invited to the Escalante Triangle Kick-off celebration to tour and provide input and ideas for a new non-motorized trail system, in what the BLM has designated the Escalante Triangle Recreational Management Area Zone (RMZ), in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, just west of Delta.  
DAMB and the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association (COPMOBA) received a grant from REI, a national outdoor goods wholesaler, which was then matched by the Bureau of Land Management, to begin the planning of this new trail system.  The granted funds will be used to develop a comprehensive plan of 30 miles of non-motorized singletrack trails for hikers, bikers and horseback riders.  The trails will utilize the public land that extends from the Escalante Rim Road north Quick read more or view full article to the Gunnison River and from the Cactus Park area west to Escalante Canyon.  The tract features scenic gulches and majestic views.  This event is an opportunity for the public to view the area, identify the type of trails they would like to see, and provide comments and suggestions to the professional trail designers who will be on hand to listen to the public comments. Participants are encouraged to bring their mountain bikes and hiking shoes to participate in guided tours and a camp chair for the social gathering that follows. The event will begin at 11 A.M with an informational gathering at the event site and staging area, which will be near the intersection of Sawmill Mesa Road and Escalante Rim Road.  To get to the site, leaving Delta taking 5th Street  (which turns into Sawmill Mesa Road) west approximately five miles.  
Personnel from COPMOBA, the BLM, DAMB, REI, trail design team, and other partners will be on site to provide in depth information about the Triangle, to gather feedback, and to answer questions.  Individuals will then be invited to tour the area by hiking or biking.  High clearance vehicles may be required to gain access to some areas and shuttles will be provided for those that cannot access the area on their own. Bike riders can participate in an easy ride of about 5 miles, an intermediate ride of about 8 miles, or a longer ride of about 13 miles for more experienced riders which will be guided through some of the Triangle’s more rugged and scenic areas. All rides and tours are planned to be approximately two hours in length, and the participants and the public are then invited to reconvene at 1:30pm at the event staging area to discuss the area’s features and provide input and ideas for the trail development.  COPMOBA will provide refreshments and lunch at that time, and prizes and giveaways provided by REI and other sponsors will be raffled to participants.
For more information, contact COPMOBA at coordinator@copmoba.org or 970-901-4121. 
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COPMOBA Seeks Bids for New Trail Project

June 30, 2017




CONTACT:  Tisha McCombs coordinator@copmoba.org

Delta Area Mountain Bikers (DAMB)and COPMOBA solicit proposals from qualified individuals or entities for the design of a single track trail system, to be the basis of future construction of a multi-use non-motorized trail system in the Escalante Triangle area of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (D-ENCA), managed by the Bureau of Land Management.  The Escalante Triangle Area has been designated by BLM as a Recreation Management Zone (RMZ) with special emphasis toward development of a mountain bike trail system.

The successful applicant’s proposal will include the following:

- A summary of the applicant’s experience and qualifications for trail design.

  • A description of the methodology to be used in the design phase.
  • A monetary bid for completing a map of conceptual routes plus specific costs to add additional levels of planning to include ground proofing, GPS traces, Quick read more or view full article and flagged lines. An basic example is below:

        Map of conceptual route- $$$

        +Ground proofing- $$$

        +Ground proofing & GPS traces- $$$

        +Ground proofing, GPS traces, & flagged lines- $$$


  • A description of the applicant’s plan to keep DAMB and COPMOBA advised of its progress           toward the completion of the project.
  • Proposed date of completion of design, no later than November 30, 2017.


As envisioned by COPMOBA, the project will address the following:

- A stacked trail system, with approximately 30 to 35 miles of trail within the RMZ.

- Trail design to accommodate beginner (easy), intermediate, and advanced mountain bike users.

- Inclusion of trails accessible to adaptive users.

  • Utilization of routes already designated by BLM for use by bicycle, horse or foot. (See attached map of Escalante Triangle RMZ.)
  • Co-hosting of a public input meeting with COPMOBA, DAMB and BLM to be scheduled in late August or early September at a public location in Delta to solicit ideas, preferences and other input from the general public and user groups.

Please note, COPMOBA will not provide to the contractor any insurance coverage or any additional services beyond review and comment on project needs during this period of contracted work


Proposals are due to Tisha McCombs, by August 1, 2017 via email at coordinator@copmoba.org. Determination and notification of award will be made by August 15, 2017.

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