The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) to evaluate the impacts of improving the existing Mesa Top Loop Roads and the intersection at the entrance of Mesa Verde National Park.
* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Develop range of preliminary concepts
Step 2. 30-day public comment period
Step 3. Refine range of preliminary concepts and develop alternatives
Step 4. Gather necessary information to evaluate the impacts of alternatives
Step 5. Assess compliance needs under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental regulations.
Step 6. Identify environmental impacts and select preferred alternative
Step 7. Prepare draft plan/environmental document
Step 8. Public review of draft plan/environmental document
Step 9. Analysis of public comment
Step 10. Prepare final plan/decision document
Step 11. Release final plan/decision document to the public *
On August 13, 2020, the Regional Director for the National Park Service Regional Office Serving Department of Interior Regions 6, 7, and 8, Mike Reynolds signed a Finding of No Significant Impact for an environmental assessment (EA) for improvements to the Mesa Top Loop roads in Mesa Verde National Park. After consideration of the environmental assessment and public, tribal, and agency comments, the finding concludes that the project will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment. Preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required.
Alternative C was selected because it best meets the project purpose to rehabilitate the Cliff Palace Loop, Mesa Top Loop, and Sun Temple Loop roads to ensure that visitor overlooks, parking lots, and roads at the park continue to provide visitors safe, reliable access and a broad range of recreational opportunities.