PALISADE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The groundbreaking for a massive new trail connecting the Grand Valley to the Mesa happened Wednesday morning in Palisade.
The idea for the trail has been around since at least 2013, and official planning and fundraising started in 2016.
Wednesday, construction on phase one kicked up some dust with a ceremonial groundbreaking. This first section will connect Land’s End to Palisade and will be done by the end of the year. Officials from Mesa County, along with state and federal land managers, members of the community and others spoke about the cooperation involved in getting the project going at the event.
"Everybody said yes, there were a few skeptical moments, but those turned to a yes and from there it's all been great sledding. As they say, going downhill," Roger Granat, Mayor of the Town of Palisade said.
If Mesa County gets approved for another grant, phase two of the project would connect the trail at the top of Land’s End, over the Grand Mesa, to Highway 65. Phase two is expected to start next summer.