Rocky Mountain National Park is seeking public comment on a proposal to build new housing on the west side of the park to replace employee housing that was lost in the East Troublesome Fire.
The National Park Service is proposing to build a new housing complex inside the park that would support 22 seasonal beds. This proposed complex would be located near the existing residential area of the park, on the west side of the park. This new complex would include two dormitories, ten living units, three RV sites and a residential support facility that would include laundry, showers and a communal kitchen.
The NPS would also construct new utilities, replace a water well and associated infrastructure in the park’s existing housing area, and remove or abandon old utility infrastructure that was destroyed in the former housing area. dwelling across from the Green Mountain trailhead.
On October 21, 2020, the East Troublesome Fire traveled 18 miles and over 100,000 acres in Grand County, Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park has lost numerous structures, including 18 historic buildings in the former Green Mountain-Onahu seasonal habitation 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 in the park.
This proposed project is critical to recruiting and retaining seasonal staff to work on the west side of the park. These employees work from mid-April to mid-October. Seasonal staff provide essential visitor services and perform essential park operations. These positions include rangers, park guides, fees and campground staff, trail crew members, building and utility staff, and wardens.
Visit the Proposed New Homes Destroyed by the East Troublesome Fire – Rocky Mountain National Park (US National Park Service) (nps.gov) for more information.
Interested in knowing more? Members of the public are invited to join a virtual meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. MT. Park staff will make a short presentation and will be available to answer questions from the public. Prior registration is required. To register, visit: https://swca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mCkNrLxBQhaHy54yUPiXxQ.
Comments on this proposed project will be accepted beginning July 1 and must be received in writing by the close of business on July 31, 2022. Comments may be submitted at the following web address: https://parkplanning.nps.gov /reconstructCRDhousing.
Comments may also be submitted by mail to:
• Rocky Mountain National Park
• Office of the Superintendent
•1000 US36, Estes Park, CO 80517
Please note that before you include your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifying information in your comment, you should know that your entire comment – including your contact information identification – may be made public at any time. Although you may request in your comment to shield your personally-identifying information from public scrutiny, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please call the park information office at (970) 586-1206 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/romo.