Rocky Mountain National Park is seeking the public’s engagement and input on proposed infrastructure changes and improvements toPark and nearby areas. The proposed project will take place in the eastern portion of the park, at the following locations:
- Park (MPCG)
- The northeast section of Park focused near the Park Discovery Center, the portion of Bear Lake Road located just west of the Park Discovery Center, and along Park and Fern Lake Roads.
MPCG is accessed via Bear Lake Road and is the largest of the park’s five front-country. It is open year-round and has 244 that can accommodate a variety of equipment types, including up to 40-foot , sprinter vans, and tents. Over 30,000 stay at MPCG annually.
The proposed project will include repairs and improvements to water, wastewater, and electrical distribution systems servicing MPCG, nearby areas inPark, Beaver Meadows Entrance facilities, and park housing units located on the western portion of High Drive within the park’s boundary. This infrastructure was installed in the 1960s and is well past the typical 30-year service life. This project will also relocate electric powerlines underground to reduce system damage caused by snow, wind, falling tree branches, electrical hazards, or .
The proposedPark and Utility Rehabilitation Project will be funded by the Great Act (GAOA). GAOA’s National Parks and Legacy Restoration Fund, supported by revenue from energy development, provides up to $1.9 billion per year for five years to make significant enhancements in national parks and other to ensure their preservation and provide opportunities for recreation, education, and enjoyment for current and future visitors.
GAOA, the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and other construction funding sources are part of a concerted effort to address the extensive maintenance backlog in national parks. Thanks to GAOA funding, Rocky Mountain National Park will be able to address critical deferred maintenance issues at MPCG and nearby areas that are related to water and wastewater systems and electrical utilities which serve thousands of visitors each year.
At MPCG, this proposed project will also improve the visitor experience by rehabilitating the ranger station, replacing theentrance kiosk, and improving the area near the dump station. Additionally, the project will update approximately 15 to improve accessibility, address flooding and drainage issues and improve the health of nearby wetlands areas. Another host will be added to the and electrical service will be extended to approximately 60 . No changes are planned for the existing restroom buildings, amphitheater, or shuttle bus stop. There may be temporary closures and impacts to the Park Discovery Center and along the Bear Lake, Park, and Fern Lake roads.
Why is this project important? The water and utility infrastructure at MPCG has not been updated since thewas first built in the 1960s. Increased visitor usage, evolving trends in recreation, the need to improve access for all , and deferred maintenance for critical water and utility systems have all created a need to rehabilitate the and nearby areas.
It is anticipated that MPCG will be closed for project construction from late May 2023 to June 1, 2024. Additional project work will take place in theafter June 1 and some may be impacted or temporary closures may take place.
Public engagement is an important part of the park’s planning process. Rocky Mountain National Park is accepting public comments via PEPC on this proposed project for 30 days, beginning on March 10, 2022. To learn more, visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/rehabilitateMPCG. To leave a comment on the project’s PEPC page, click the “Open for Comment” link located on the left side of the screen.
Comments may also be submitted via mail to:
Rocky Mountain National Park
Office of the Superintendent
1000 Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517
Please be advised, before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, that your entire comment – including all of your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. Although you can ask in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public view, we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so.
For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, visit www.nps.gov/romo or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.