Live like a local: Marylee Mohrlang’s guide to Parachute and Battlement Mesa
Welcome to Parachute, a quiet residential community in the midst of Colorado’s great outdoors. The town is small, with about 1,500 residents between its limits and the Battlement-Mesa area. But it’s got big plans, with a recreational area coming online. That will draw even more people to its golf course, hunting, hiking and watersports.
Retired real estate agent Marylee Mohrlang still offers consultations — one of several ways she remains active in her community. She’s also on the KSUN board of directors, a volunteer for the Grand River Health District, involved in PBM trail group and more.
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Mama’s (103 E. First St., Parachute) is Mohrlang’s top pick. She said she appreciates its “great variety of breakfast items, generous portions, some very unusual combinations and a wonderful, fresh bakery.” Shommy’s Restaurant (28 Cardinal Way) is another great option for breakfast all day.
Head to the Battlement Mesa Golf Club for Mohrlang’s favorite lunch spot, T’eed Off Bar and Grill (3930 N. Battlement Parkway). Its charcoal-grilled burgers, fried dill pickles and homemade cheesecake are her top picks.
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Mohrlang likes to tune into KSUN 101.1 FM (398 Arroyo Drive), which broadcasts from the Battlement Mesa Activity Center.
The activity center is also home to the best art in town, Mohrlang said. The Village Artists periodically display there. The group meets once a month at the Parachute branch library.
Mohrlang likes to spend her time out and about: on the golf course, at the recreation center, hiking and biking the trails or snowshoeing in winter.
Get to know the area with a visit to the Grand Valley Historical Society (7201 County Road 300). Mohrlang said it offers great history and pictures of the area.
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“The recreation center (Grand Valley Recreation Center, 398 Arroyo Drive) is the best in Garfield and Mesa counties, in my estimation,” Mohrlang said. Its facilities include an Olympic-sized pool, weight center, indoor running track, a banquet center with a licensed kitchen, tennis and pickle ball courts and more. Residents also head to the center for a variety of classes, educational and lecture programs, concerts and summer movies.
“Battlement Mesa has asphalt walking and biking trails throughout the community and are a great source for activity, from adults to children,” she said.