A group of local trails enthusiasts is working to ensure that a popular recreation area in the North Fork Valley remains accessible to the public for hiking and biking and other uses.
Standing just east of downtown Paonia, the Jumbo Mountain area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office in Montrose.
As hiking and biking season begins, residents of Pan American Subdivision are requesting that the Town of Paonia place parking signs at the Jumbo Mountain trailhead.
Ali Lightfoot lives at the top of Pan American Avenue, which is also the main access to Jumbo Mountain.
As the deadline for commenting on the Bureau of Land Management's Draft Resource Management Plan approaches, a growing number of outdoor recreation enthusiasts are focused on support for special recreational status for Jumbo Mountain and other areas of prime recreational interest in the North Fork area.
First called Elephant's Back, Jumbo was re-named after the famous circus elephant after the release of the 1952 movie, "The Greatest Show on Earth."
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