Input sought on bike use of a new pathway leading into Arches National Park

The National Park Service will take public comments on a plan to allow bicycles on the Arches Visitor Center Connector Trail. Photo by Doug McMurdo

The National Park Service seeks public input on a plan to allow bicycle use on the newly constructed Arches Visitor Center Connector Trail. The trail connects the Arches visitor center to the Moab Canyon Pathway and was built in accordance with national guidelines for shared use paths.

NPS regulations require that any park, before authorizing bicycle use on an existing trail, evaluate that use in an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Consistent with this regulation, the park is now evaluating bicycle use on the Visitor Center Connector Trail in an environmental assessment.

The EA will be available for public comment and review through Feb. 11 on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsOpenForReview.cfm?parkID=25&projectID=92060

Comments unable to be made on the PEPC website can be sent to: National Park Service, Southeast Utah Group, Attn: Planning and Compliance Coordinator, 2282 S. West Resource Blvd., Moab, Utah 84532.

Mailed comments must be postmarked by Feb. 11.