RIFLE, Colorado - The Bureau of Land Management's Hubbard Mesa Trailhead off of County Road 290 north of Rifle was closed Tuesday for upgrades.
The Hubbard Mesa Open Area is a 2,460-acre multiple-use recreation area with 50 miles of single-track, ATV, and four-wheel-drive trails. It's a popular area for off-highway vehicle enthusiasts.
Improvements include two shade structures, picnic tables, a kiosk, a vault toilet and fencing around an area where a developed track will be built in the spring. Construction is funded through a $89,000 State Parks grant as well as a $40,000 BLM challenge cost-share grant.
Work should be completed by the beginning of December, when the trailhead will be reopened.
In the meantime, people using the area are encouraged to park across from this trailhead in the "Ant Hill" area, or at the JQS/Government Creek Trailhead off of Highway 13.