What is One Riverfront?
For more than thirty years, One Riverfront is the volunteer board that works collaboratively with partners to foster community stewardship and enhance the Colorado and Gunnison river corridors. Described as a string of pearls, the community amenities of the corridor is comprised of county lands, city parks, state parks and wildlife areas and even private lands with special easements to allow public access to the trail system.
A Colorado River system that is a centerpiece of the Grand Valley for ecologic, economic, cultural, and recreational values.
What We Do
The Colorado Riverfront Trail System celebrates and preserves the cottonwood groves, wetlands, cattail marshes, gravel bars and islands of the Colorado (originally the Grand) and the Gunnison Rivers. The junction of these two mighty rivers provides a beautiful and rich habitat for wildlife and riparian vegetation in an otherwise arid region.
The Riverfront trail system connects to several other trails within the Grand Valley. It is hoped that someday there will be a statewide trail system that will link communities via rivers and historic transportation routes.
These trail systems are NOT publicly funded but rather a community stewardship with many varied partners. One Riverfront works with Grand Valley governments, public individuals and groups, and agencies to build, nourish, and connect the corridor and trail system. Once trails are built, the towns and county generously provide long-term maintenance. This is a community effort and all our partners deserve the credit. We also provide small grants to advocates and organizers of various projects that support our mission.
Board of Directors
Dr. J. Fred Barbero – Co-Chair
Catherine Ventling – Co-Chair
Thea Chase, Town of Palisade – Ex-Officio
Elaine “Laney” Heath
Dr. Thomas Moore
Ture Nycum, City of Fruita – Ex- Officio
Rick Taggert – City of Grand Junction Ex-Officio
Colorado Riverfront Foundation, Inc.
Dr. William Findlay
Dr. Paul Jones
Paul Nelson – Chair
William D. Prakken