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Construct Colorado River District Housing, Infrastructure, and Utilities Lost in the East Troublesome Fire

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The National Park Service is proposing to construct a new housing complex inside the park. This proposed complex would be located near the existing park housing area on the west side of the park. This new complex would consist of two dormitories, ten residential units, three recreational vehicle sites, and a residential support facility that would include laundry, showers, and a communal kitchen.

The NPS would also construct new utilities, replace utilities at the existing park housing area, and remove or abandon old utilities infrastructure that was destroyed at the former housing area across from the Green Mountain Trailhead.

On October 21, 2020, the East Troublesome Fire made an 18-mile and over 100,000-acre run in Grand County, Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park lost numerous structures, including 18 historic buildings at the former Green Mountain-Onahu seasonal housing area, 3 RV sites and all associated utilities. The East Troublesome Fire was the largest fire in Rocky Mountain National Park's 107-year history. It burned over 21,000 acres within the park.

This proposed project is critical for recruiting and retaining seasonal staff to work on the west side of the park. These employees work mid-April through mid-October. Seasonal staff provide essential visitor services and carry out critical park operations. These positions include rangers, park guides, fee and campground staff, trail crew members, buildings and utilities staff, and custodians.

To learn more, go to:
https://www.nps.gov/maps/stories/rocky-mountain-national-park-new-housing.html

Or click on "Document List" on the left side of the screen. There you will find a link to a Story Map with project information and supplemental documents that will be used to analyze the project's potential impacts.

The park's project team is early in the design and review of this proposed project, and we seek your feedback. Comments on this proposed project will be accepted beginning July 1 and must be received in writing by close of business on July 31, 2022. To leave a comment on the project, click the "Open for Comment" link located on the left side of the screen.

Interested in learning more? Members of the public are invited to join a virtual meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MT. Park staff will provide a short presentation and will be available to answer public questions. Advance registration is required. To register, click the "Meeting Notices" link located on the left side of the screen.

Contact Information

Rocky Mountain National Park Information Office at 970-586-1206.