Mark Udall called on the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado Department of Transportation to work together to prioritize the construction of better, safer parking facilities at a popular cross-country skiing and snowshoeing area atop the Grand Mesa. The recent deaths of two cross-country skiers at the Grand Mesa Nordic Council County Line trailhead highlight the urgent need for swift action.
"The Grand Mesa's incredible cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and backcountry hiking are among the reasons thousands of Coloradans visit the area each year," Udall said. "We must do everything in our power to ensure that outdoor enthusiasts can safely access the trailheads atop the Grand Mesa. That is why I am strongly urging the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Department of Transportation today to redouble their efforts to work together and prevent more senseless tragedies."
In early January, Linda and Glen Eyre of Grand Junction were killed by an out-of-control vehicle in the parking area at the Grand Mesa Nordic Council County Line trailhead. The existing lot, located on Colorado Highway 65 near the Mesa County-Delta County border, lacks areas for cars to slow down as they approach the parking area and other needed public-safety features.