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Colorado’s Western Slope is where the mountains meet the mesas. With sculpted peaks, deep canyons and fertile soil, it truly represents the diverse environment that makes Colorado unique, and begs to be explored.
Counties in Western Slope Region: Moffat, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Mesa, Delta, Gunnison
Explore our Western Slope Projects
Kokopelli Section of the Colorado Riverfront Trail
Bicyclists have another reason to gear up in western Colorado with the completion of the Kokopelli section of the Colorado Riverfront Trail, which extends west from Fruita to Loma within the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. The $4 million project was made possible with two Lottery-funded grants: $2 million from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and $300,000 from the Conservation Trust Fund. The Kokopelli section of the Colorado Riverfront Trail connects cyclists right from downtown Fruita to all of the iconic mountain trails and iconic outdoor areas.
Kochevar Open Space
The 322-acre Kochevar Open Space on the edge of Crested Butte is now preserved and open to the public with help from $3,012,500 in Lottery proceeds. The project not only protects valuable wildlife habitats and scenic vistas like Smith Hill, the Lupine Trail, and Paradise Divide, but it also keeps wetlands healthy, reducing the frequency and intensity of flooding. The project also opens up possibilities for a new network of trails along the Slate River.
The Trampe Ranch Conservation Easement project received the largest-ever single transaction Lottery-funded grant for $10 million. The 6,000-acre working ranch in Gunnison County, with some of the most outstanding scenery in Colorado, will now be protected from development forever. The project includes the Jack’s Cabin land parcel, a critical part of the county’s agricultural economy and habitat for Gunnison sage-grouse, elk, and mule deer.
Monument View Trail
The Monument View Trail, also known as the Fruita Connection, is a vital part of the larger Colorado Riverfront Trail. This 8.3-mile section was completed in three phases and utilized nearly $5 million in Lottery funds. The project links to the vast Western Slope trail system including the Palisade Plunge Trail, Lunch Loops, Kokopelli Trail, the nearby Powderhorn Mountain Resort, and to other bike trails in Fruita.
Nestled on the Roaring Fork River just a couple of miles east of Carbondale, Coffman Ranch features 141 acres of productive ranchland, native wildlife habitat, and more than a century of deep agricultural roots. The combination of riparian forests, shrublands, grasslands, and wetlands at Coffman Ranch provide a richness of wildlife habitat and activity.
In 2020, our beneficiary partner, Great Outdoors Colorado, awarded a $2,500,000 grant to Aspen Valley Land Trust in partnership with others to acquire Coffman Ranch. Now, Coffman Ranch remains true to its heritage as a working ranch, providing numerous community engagement opportunities and outdoor experiences, in order to inspire the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Read more about the history, conservation, and impact of Coffman Ranch.
Breeze Park—Craig, CO
Situated near downtown Craig, Breeze Park is a well-used and well-loved outdoor retreat for the surrounding neighborhood and community as a whole.
In 2015, the City of Craig used grants from Colorado Lottery outdoor partners to make significant improvements to the park’s amenities and accessibility. Renovations Included upgrades to a 35-year-old irrigation system, construction of an 820-square-foot ADA concrete trail, a new 720-square-foot gazebo and two sheltered picnic areas, as well as several other outdoor amenities like corn hole game boards and an outdoor workout station.
Updates to the park are a huge benefit to the nearly 4,000 residents of Craig who live within a 10-minute walk of the park to engage in outdoor activities and participate in stewardship events organized by the parks and recreation department.