Battlement Mesa, Colorado   

January 2013 
Battlement Mesa News

Battlement Mesa Winter Fest 



The First Annual Battlement Mesa Winter Fest will be held at the Battlement Mesa Golf Course from 4 to 7 PM on Saturday, January 26, 2013.  It's FREE! 


Round up the family and check out Battlement Mesa's newest event:  The Winter Fest


Join your friends and neighbors for an all-ages seasonal celebration featuring Hay Rides, Bonfire, Hot Chocolate, Cider, S'mores and More. 


Mulled wine will be available for adult purchase.


The Winter Fest is brought to you by Battlement Mesa Company.  For more information, call 970.285.9740.


Click HERE to view the Winter Fest flyer.

Grand Valley Economic Development Committee


The Grand Valley Economic Development Committee, (GVEDC), now has a website presence. 


Click HERE to view the site.


The Grand Valley Economic Development Committee is a group of local business men and women who joined together in early 2012 to create a local economic development committee that is affiliated with the Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation.  Click HERE to view the Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation website.


The committee, which consists of volunteers from both Battlement Mesa and Parachute, is dedicated to the support, retention and promotion of a healthy and prosperous business environment in Battlement Mesa and Parachute and believes that a combined effort among their dedicated volunteers will be more successful than individual efforts. 


The GVEDC meets monthly on the 4th Thursday at 1 PM in the Parachute Town Hall and welcomes anyone who wants to participate in the effort to build and maintain a healthy and prosperous business environment.  GVEDC services, which are free, include business information, a volunteer mentor program, a business incubator, and planning advice. 


Click HERE to view a GVEDC Brochure.

Grand River Hospital District - Battlement Mesa




Have you seen this sign on the corner of Spencer Parkway and Sipprelle Drive?     







 Before long men and equipment will begin working at the corner of Spencer Parkway and Sipprelle Drive (across the street from the Battlement Plaza) where Grand River Hospital District is building a new Medical Facility.



This beautiful new medical center is expected to open in early 2012.  




Click below to view larger formats of the above images and a related image.  (Images courtesy of GRHD/Davis Partnership)

The Parachute - Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce Launches a New Website

Have you visited the new Parachute - Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce Website Yet? 


Although the new website can be found at the same web address, the site has a brand new look and feel that you're sure to like.  


Click HERE to visit the new site.  

Covenant Corner
Covenant Protected Community

In the spirit of educating more and enforcing less, Covenant Corner is a regular feature in the Battlement Mesa Newsletter. Experience has taught us that most people will comply with the covenants if they know what the covenant says.  


In this issue, we'll explore the Eighth Amendment to the Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Battlement Mesa. 


If you've never heard of the Eighth Amendment, you're probably not alone.  The Eighth Amendment is somewhat new.


On September 20, 2011 the Battlement Mesa Service Association adopted the Eight Amendment which repealed and restated Article VIII, Section 8.1(a)(i) as amended by the Fifth Amendment to the Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Battlement Mesa.  In simpler terms, the Eighth Amendment rewrote portions of the covenants which regulate Vehicular Parking, Storage and Repairs. 


In essence, the Eighth Amended gives you the right to expand parking at your residence when certain provisions are met.  The original language in the section which describes what size and type of vehicles can be parked or stored in Battlement Mesa and how they must be parked or stored was basically unchanged.  The 8.16 provision that is most familiar to residents is the one that limits vehicle size to a maximum of one (1) ton and, to the disappointment of some, this limitation was not changed.  As part of this discussion it is important to note that Mesa Ridge Village limits vehicle size to 3/4 ton.


The new language added to 8.16 says, "Automobiles or trucks no larger than one ton may be parked on a concrete or gravel apron adjacent to driveways.  Such aprons must conform to the definition of parking aprons in the Battlement Mesa Service Association Architectural Standards."  Click HERE to read the entire Eighth Amendment.  (The last item listed under Covenants).


To fully understand the requirements associated with adding a parking apron you also must read the new section which was added to the Architectural Standards which says:


"3.06 Vehicle Parking Surfaces and Aprons


Parking in the front yard of properties shall be limited to concrete paved driveways plus an unpaved parking apron able to accommodate up to two (2) additional parking spaces.  Parking aprons shall cover an area of no more than three hundred and thirty (330) square feet or forty percent (40%) of the front yard area whichever is less.  All unpaved parking areas shall be located on the side of the driveway furthest from the front door of the dwelling on the property.


Parking aprons shall consist of a non-erodible water permeable surface, which provides complete soil stabilization to the soil beneath such surfacing material.  Water permeable materials include gravel or crushed stone materials applied to a minimum of four inches (4") in depth, paving blocks or pervious paving blocks specifically designed for driveways.


Parking aprons shall be fully contained without disruption within a permanent border and shall be segregated from any lawn, garden and/or shrubbery.


All off-street parking of vehicles in Battlement Creek Village I and Battlement Creek Village II shall be restricted to paved driveways as approved by the Architectural Standards Committee.  Parking of vehicles in Battlement Creek Village I and Battlement Creek Village II is disallowed on unpaved driveway extensions and/or parking aprons."


Click HERE to review the Architectural Review Standards.  (3.06 Vehicle Parking Surfaces and Parking Aprons can be found on pages 13 and 14).   In order to request approval to increase parking, the Architectural Review "Short Form" must be completed.  The "Short Form" can be found on page 53 of the Architectural Review Standards or by Clicking HERE.


Please remember that subassociations may have more restrictive covenants than the BMSA.  Also, residents of Canyon View, Mesa Ridge and Valley View Townhomes and Condos must remember that their property is generally limited to the outside of the foundation walls of their home.  Everything else is common area.  


More detail on these and other covenant regulation are AVAILABLE HERE or on  

Do You Know Where This Was Taken? 

With this issue, we begin a new feature in our monthly Newsletter called, "Do You Know?" 


How well do you know our community?  Test yourself against others. 




If you think that you know what the above photo is and where it was taken, email us at  Correct replies will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from the 35th Avenue Cafe and Bar.   

In This Issue
Battlement Mesa Winter Fest
Grand Valley Economic Development Committee
Grand River Hospital District - Battlement Mesa
Parachute - Battlement Mesa Chamber Launches a New Website
Covenant Corner
Do You Know?
About Us
The GVRC Gets a New Roof
Meet Your Delegate
Little Known Facts
Dates to Remember
Frequently Asked Questions
  About Us
Nestled on a mesa in the picturesque Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains, Battlement Mesa, Colorado is an unincorporated 3,200 acre, residential community with approximately 5,000 residents.  Situated on a mesa above the Colorado River with high desert mountain views of The Battlements and The Roan Plateau, Battlement Mesa offers a unique community with magnificent scenery and a quiet, peaceful, healthy lifestyle.

Battlement Mesa, Colorado....
A Great place to Visit, to Work, to Live or to Retire!


401 Arroyo Drive
Battlement Mesa, CO 81636
For additional information about Battlement Mesa visit us online at
The BMAC gets a New Name (The GVRC) and a New Roof

As we reported in the December 2012 Newsletter, effective January 1st the Battlement Mesa Activity Center became the Grand Valley Recreation Center.  Although the name has changed, the center's ownership hasn't.  The GVRC will continue to be operated by the Battlement Mesa Metro District.


Although nothing except the name has changed on the inside of the center, the outside is getting a new roof.  The roof replacement was funded by a grant from the Federal Mineral Lease District.

Meet Your Delegate


Each Battlement Mesa Village is represented by an elected Delegate that serves on the Battlement Mesa Service Association Board of Directors. Delegates are elected to a three year term. Since there are no term limits for Delegates, frequently Delegates serve multiple terms.


This month we are saying "Farewell" to a retiring Delegate and "Welcome Aboard" to a new Delegate. 


At the recent Stone Ridge Village Annual Meeting, Keith Sheppelman completed his three year term as the Stone Ridge Delegate.  We will miss Keith and sincerely appreciate his participation and help over the course of the last three years.  So, we say "Thanks" and Best of Luck!


We are pleased to announce that Pete Martinez was elected by mail-in ballet to serve a three year term as the new Stone Ridge Village Delegate.  Welcome Aboard!


Watch the February Newsletter for a full profile on Pete Martinez


The BMSA Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center.  All of the BMSA meetings are open to the public.


Watch future Newsletters for articles about each of the Delegates!


Little Known Facts
The nearly universal practice of tipping to show appreciation for good service at a restaurant is considered at insult when it is done in Iceland.
To make a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual flowers.
Dates to Remember
  • Battlement Mesa Service Association Board of Directors Meeting - January 15th
  • Battlement Mesa Winter Fest - January 26th
  • Community Cnversations - February 5th

(Frequently Asked Questions) 
Question: I have noticed the small counter displays around our community (the Grand Valley Recreation Center, the BMMD/BMSA office, at Keller - Williams, etc.) with the "rack cards" which promote many towns in northwest Colorado, but none of the Garfield County communities are included.  Why? 
Answer: The rack card displays that you've noticed are phase one of a Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism project which was primarily funded by grants.  The other four Northwest Colorado Counties which are participating in this effort joined the project a year earlier than the Garfield County towns so their rack cards were completed about a year ago.
Although Garfield County's towns don't have rack cards in the displays, a group of dedicated volunteers have been working with the NWCCHT for the past several months to develop a Battlement Mesa - Parachute rack card which will be available within the next few days.
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