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Mesa Top Loop Roads

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The National Park Service, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, is in the planning phases of a road improvement project at Mesa Verde National Park, which would rehabilitate Mesa Top Loop, Cliff Palace Loop, and Sun Temple Loop roads, improve physical accessibility at adjacent overlooks, improve sidewalks and parking areas, improve the current Visitor and Research Center intersection, and possibly widen the two-way sections of Mesa Top Loop and Sun Temple Loop roads to accommodate a bike lane.

At this time, we are initiating a 30-day comment period, and we invite you to participate in the planning process by submitting your ideas for this road improvement project. We would like to hear your thoughts on the preliminary range of concepts, potential issues with park resources, and any other ideas you feel are relevant and important for this planning process. A newsletter that includes information on the preliminary concepts being considered and the environment at Mesa Verde National Park that could be affected by this road improvement project is available on this website for your review. We hope that you will join us in this important discussion regarding the future of your public lands by submitting comments.

If you would like to convey your thoughts to the planning team, please click on the "Open for Comment" title found under the PROJECT LINKS column on the left side of this page. Please share your comments no later than January 30, 2020.

Before including your address, telephone number, electronic mail address, or other personally identifying information in your comments, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personally identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. You may request the NPS withhold your name and/or address from public disclosure. If you wish to do this, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment and make such a request by checking the box "keep my contact information private." on the website. The NPS will honor such requests to the extent allowable by law, but you should be aware that the NPS may still be required to disclose personal identifying information.

Once we have received and considered your comments, we will move to the next phase, which will include assessing compliance needs under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental regulations. As we move forward with planning for the improvement of the roads at Mesa Verde National Park, we encourage you to stay connected and be an active participant in this planning process.

Thank you for your interest and participation.


Cliff Spencer

Contact Information
Cristy Brown, 970-529-4608