Crater Trail Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service (NPS) is making available for public review and comment an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Crater Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park (park). The EA is open for review and comment through November 22, 2017. The Crater Trail in its current configuration is resulting in harm to park resources and is not sustainable from a trail construction and maintenance perspective. The severely eroded trail bisects a prehistoric archeological site, and is also located within an important bighorn sheep lambing area. The NPS is proposing to permanently close the Crater Trail to protect natural and cultural resources in the park. The EA also evaluates three other alternatives: no action, reconstructing the trail within the existing alignment, and rerouting the trail to a more sustainable alignment.