Billings Canyon Jeep Trail
This spring we got a chance to run Billings Canyon Jeep Trail. It is located near Grand Junction, Colorado, and has been adopted by the Grand Mesa Jeep Club.
Billings Canyon was the first new trail to be opened in Colorado following the Bureau of Land Management guidelines for new trail construction. It was more than a 4-year process-from finding an appropriate area for the trail, presenting it to the BLM, meeting all their requirements, building the trail, installing signs, and intervening on the lawsuit to stop construction-to the final opening of the trail.
In 1999 the concept of an extreme Jeep trail was presented to the BLM office in Grand Junction. Members of the Grand Mesa Jeep Club flew over the Bangs Canyon area south of Grand Junction looking for a canyon that would make an extreme Jeep trail. After club members walked Billings Canyon with a GPS and plotted it on a map, it was presented to BLM for approval to develop into an actual trail.
It took 688 volunteer hours to build the trail and countless hours in meetings with BLM to solve any problems that arose. The construction of this trail was a kind of a pilot program and because of the successful development and use of Billings Canyon Jeep Trail, the process is being used by many other BLM offices for new trail development. Billings Canyon is now known all over the country as a superlative extreme Jeep trail.
This trail could represent the first step toward a future of working with the BLM and other government agencies to keep public areas available for Jeeping and possibly even open up new wheeling areas across the country. If nothing else, it makes for a great day of wheeling.