Good status quo for the Loma and Mack real estate market:
By: Penny Stine
While there is a lot of general activity out in the Loma and Mack area this springtime, there aren't a lot of changes in the basic real estate market. There are no major subdivisions coming to the area, there are no big commercial projects and no plans to convert the agricultural and recreational areas of Loma and Mack into suburbs of Grand Junction or Fruita, which is just the way everyone wants it.
Springtime brings plenty of visitors to the Kokopelli trailhead area in Loma, however, and this year, visitors have experienced cooler temperatures and trails that might be a little muddier than normal. With the Colorado Riverfront Trail's recent expansion from Fruita all the way to Loma, some trail users are opting to ride to the popular mountain biking area from Fruita.
There has also been an increase in the number of visitors who are coming to the Loma boat launch for a trip down Ruby/Horsethief Canyon. Although the BLM's policy was not to charge for overnight camping from October through March, it has been able to track the numbers of visitors because campers are still required to have a permit.
Our use has increased in April and October," said Collin Ewing with the BLM. "We didn't charge fees for this April, but we expect to charge them through October."
Increased numbers of visitors mean more patrols and a more active role in managing the area. The rangers have also noted that when people don't pay a fee to reserve a campsite, they're more likely not to go, but yet not officially cancel online, when the weather's iffy. The reserved spot remains unavailable to other users, even if the original users opt not to go.
The Colorado River is already higher and faster than it's been for some time, so Ewing urges caution to those who want to get out on the river.
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