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Rocky Mountain NP Proposes New Multiuse Trail System

By February 15, 2013

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Colorado CampingRocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is preparing a Multiuse Trail Plan that would extend approximately 15.5 miles from the Fall River Entrance to Sprague Lake. The proposed trail system includes potential connections to three visitor centers, three campgrounds, and numerous hiker shuttle stops.

Multiuse in a national park setting is defined as non-motorized, self-propelled transportation, which may include bicycle, foot, baby stroller, roller blade, snowshoe, and/or cross-country skiing. The National Park Service is continuing the planning process with the development of a Multiuse Trail Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA), which will examine the possible options for the multiuse trail alignments and analyze potential environmental impacts.

The purpose of this plan/EA is to develop alternatives for a multiuse trail system to connect with trails that are being developed in the Estes Valley, to reduce traffic congestion, and to evaluate multimodal options (including connections to the shuttle system) along the developed corridor of roads on the east side of the park. The trail, if constructed, would be located outside designated wilderness.

A public scoping meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, from 4:45 PM to 6:15 PM at the Hondius Room of the Estes Valley Public Library, located at 335 East Elkhorn Avenue, in Estes Park. The public is invited to join the meeting at any point during the scheduled time to review materials and provide comments.

The park is inviting public comments and can be submitted online at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website. Comments are due by March 21, 2013. For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please call the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

Photo: RV camping near a mountain lake in Colorado. | Denise Chambers/ Weaver Multimedia Group / Colorado Tourism Office

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