Environmental Assessment For : Mesa Verde Entrance Area Improvements
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
Mesa Verde National Park will have an Environmental Assessment (EA) available for public review later this summer to evaluate potential actions in the area near the entrance to the park.
This environmental assessment is a follow-up to one prepared in 2002 for the proposed construction of a Cultural Center. That EA concluded with a ‘Finding of No Significant Impact.’ The park continues to work on the project for a curatorial facility and will soon begin design on a visitor information center. The two components will comprise the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center planned for construction in 2012. During the planning process, it became apparent that the original 2002 concept needed revision to also include the entrance road to the new facility and the wastewater treatment system.
In addition, alternative locations for entrance stations and associated functions in the entrance area will be evaluated in this EA. The office that supports entrance station functions is an inadequate trailer and does not meet accessibility standards or building codes. Alternative locations within the entrance area will be evaluated for the office, the entrance kiosks, restrooms and sand storage.
For more information on this environmental assessment or to express concerns about these issues, please visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov, contact the park by email, or call Allan Loy at 970-529-5067. You may also mail your comment to Superintendent, Mesa Verde National Park, PO Box 8, Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330.
Did You Know?
On a snowy December day in 1888, while ranchers Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason searched Mesa Verde’s canyons for stray cattle, they unexpectedly came upon Cliff Palace for the first time. The following year, the Wetherill brothers and Mason explored an additional 182 cliff dwellings.