Wooden Stairway on Red Rocks Point Trail (existing)

Update and Repair Canyon Rim Overlooks and Trails

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The National Park Service has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) to update and repair many of the overlooks and trails located along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Intermountain Regional Director Sue Masica approved the FONSI based on the environmental assessment (EA) recommended by Yellowstone superintendent, Dan Wenk. The Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office concurred with the finding that historic and cultural resources in the area will not be adversely affected by the undertaking as planned.

The approved action will address aging and deteriorating infrastructure, provide improved accessibility to visitors, improve pedestrian flow, address safety issues, improve the visitor experience in the area, all while retaining the historic integrity of this extraordinary portion of the park. Areas to be addressed in the plan include: The Brink of the Upper Falls, The Brink of Lower Falls, Uncle Tom's, Inspiration Point, Red Rocks Point, Crystal Falls, and their associated connecting trails.

Construction would occur in at least two phases with the first phase including Inspiration Point, Brink of the Upper Falls, and Uncle Tom's Point dependent upon available funding. With the environmental assessment and associated compliance completed, improvements to the overlooks, trails, and some associated parking for the first phase is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016.

Copies of the EA and the FONSI, and more information about this project, are available at the "Document list" link at the left of this page.

Contact Information

Julena Campbell, (307) 344-2010