Socioeconomic Studies

Grand Valley Public Trail Systems Socio-Economic Study. Mesa County, Colorado 2018

This report evaluates the economic impact, willingness to pay and user satisfaction of visitors to Bureau of Land Management mountain biking trail systems in Mesa County, Colorado.  The study considers the 18 Road, Lunch Loops and Kokopelli trail systems.  The results are based on a 2017 survey given on-site at these trail locations.

Rural Colorado Migration Study 2018 

This report presents the results of a survey about the reasons people move to, or stay in, rural Colorado counties. Although all reasons are considered, particular emphasis is given to the role of public lands in those decisions.  It is based on 2017 random phone survey of residents in nine western and central Colorado counties.

Mesa County Hedonic House Price Study Report 2017

An analysis of the value added by proximity to various natural amenities (parks, open space, public lands, trails, etc.) to the average house price in the Grand Junction area of Colorado from 2013-2015.

Eastern Colorado Resource Planning Community Report 2015

This report presents the results of a focus group study in Central and Eastern Colorado (BLM – Royal Gorge Field Office) examining the community vision of several gateway communities in the area, and the role that public lands play in that vision.

Solar Power In Mesa County, Colorado: The Growth of "Grid-Tie" Solar 2012

This report is an analysis of the causes and consequences of rapid growth of “grid-tie” solar in the Grand Junction area from 2006-2016. 



Escalante Canyon


Horizon Drive District Economic Impact and Traffic Report – 2011

This report presents the results of a study designed to better understand the impact the Horizon Drive District has on the Grand Junction area’s economic health and to assist with planning for the District’s future.  The Horizon Drive District is located in Grand Junction, Colorado


Western Colorado Socioeconomic Impacts of Growth Report 2007

This report provides a snapshot of the impacts of growth on the economic, social, physical and human infrastructure of five counties located in western Colorado. (Mesa, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, and Garfield counties examined).