Updated: Jan 3
Jackson Mountain is a popular recreation area east of Pagosa Springs along US 160 (as you head towards Wolf Creek). The project known as the “Jackson Mountain Landscape Project” (JMLP) – (a bit of a misnomer, we think), is being led by the San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District, with support from Archuleta County leadership. It includes a proposed trail system that will offer mountain bike trails for families, beginners and advanced riders with development slated for 2023.
A 30 vehicle parking and staging area for cyclists / forest users is planned and this access is expected to share the forest road (FR37) with fully loaded dump trucks (as many as 50 per day) that weigh > 25,000Lbs! (Likely sharing the blind, hairpin curve)!
Forest users, visitors and locals safety is our primary concern. In addition to vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian vehicular safety, there is significant dust expected - Both from crusher operations as well as dump truck traffic (Dump trucks pulverize dust on gravel roads) that may then be inhalable particulate matter!
(Google search: Inhalable Particulate Matter Health NIH). Noise, dirt and dust can affect flora and fauna negatively as well! As we understand, this Gravel Mine is on a FAST TRACK and a final proposal is planned for January 2023! We recognize that the USFS and Archuleta County wish to lower their costs for gravel (currently being trucked in from SW Colorado near Arboles), but believe there are safer, better, alternate locations they could explore. Please join the effort to STOP the mine / pit / crusher from being implemented in JMLP! Vist the rest of this website for more information!
Sign the (online) petition here: