Shavano Gateway Recreation Area Public Comment

MONTROSE, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Uncompahgre Field Office is seeking public comment on the proposed Shavano Gateway Recreation Area to improve recreation experiences in #MontroseCounty.

The 44-acre site would provide an off-highway vehicle (OHV) training and obstacle course and a staging area for the Rimrocker Trail with facilities such as restrooms, picnic tables, cabanas, grills, and informational signage. The proposal includes building 20 miles of non-motorized single-track trail and streamlining the evaluation of recreational events on BLM-managed public land adjacent to the site.

“Supporting collaborative, community-driven recreational opportunities is a priority for this field office,” said Gregory Larson, Uncompahgre Field Office manager. “The BLM recognizes how these types of projects improve quality of life for local residents and draw tourists to Montrose to enjoy amazing community amenities and public land resources.”

The BLM may ultimately convey this public land to Montrose County under the Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act. The Montrose County Landfill and Buckhorn Lakes Recreation Area are other examples of R&PP Act projects.

The BLM will host an open house on April 25 at the Montrose County Fairgrounds & Event Center; 1036 North 7th St. from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Written comments can be submitted at that time.

The 30-day public comment period began April 8, 2019. The proposed action and alternatives ar available here: Please describe your concerns or how you may be affected by the proposed project. Comments can be emailed to or mailed to 2465 S. Townsend Ave. Montrose, CO 81401, Attention: Jana Moe. Comments may also be submitted via the ePlanning website at the above link.

Before including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment letter to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.