Mountain bikers rejoice. It’s possible that people may soon be able to mountain bike in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Although all bikes are currently prohibited from going off-road, park officials recently announced that it is considering opening a two-mile section of the East Shore Trail in the west side of the park near Grand Lake. This section of trail is not within designated wilderness bounds.
The proposal would also include the construction of a short reroute to prevent conflicts among different tail users.
Before making the final decision, the National Park Service will perform an environmental assessment to understand the possible effects of allowing bikes on this section of trail. Assessment includes adverse and positive impact to wildlife (birds, small animals, predators, scavengers, and fish), soils, and vegetation. The NPS is also looking at visitor interaction and conflicts.
The park will also host two public meetings. The first on February 11, at 7 p.m., at the Grand Lake Fire Station located at 201 West Portal Road in Grand Lake. The second meeting will be held on Monday, February 24, at 7:15 p.m. at the Alfalfa's Market Community Room located at 1651 Broadway in Boulder.
View the proposed project on the National Park Service website here http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=43625. They welcome your comments. Please submit feedback to arrive no later than March 3, 2014.