• Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

    Sunset Crater Volcano

    National Monument Arizona

Sunset Crater Trails Environmental Assessment

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Date: June 20, 2013
Contact: Joshua Kleinman, 928-526-1157 ext.270


FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA The National Park Service is proposing to develop a new hiking trail system at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument to provide increased recreational experiences for monument visitors, address resource preservation concerns, and remedy ongoing maintenance needs. A no-action alternative and two action alternatives were considered in an Environmental Assessment (EA). In addition, due to the proposed alternatives, an amendment to the monument's General Management Plan was also addressed through this EA.

The EA has been prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to provide the decision-making framework that 1) analyzes a reasonable range of alternatives to meet project objectives, 2) evaluates potential issues and impacts to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument's resources and values, and 3) identifies mitigation measures to lessen the degree or extent of these impacts.

The Environmental Assessment is now available for public review and comment at the National Park Service website Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/sucrtrailea). Hard copies of the document will also be available at the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Visitor Center. We encourage you to review the Environmental Assessment and send us your thoughts by July 26, 2013. You may submit comments online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/sucrtrailea or you may mail or hand-deliver comments to the following address. Your comments will be considered as we move toward a decision.

Lisa Leap

Acting Superintendent

Flagstaff Area National Monuments

6400 N. Hwy. 89

Flagstaff, Arizona 86004

Did You Know?

Sunset Crater penstemon in bloom

The Sunset Crater penstemon (Penstemon clutei) is found only on cinder deposits within the San Francisco Volcanic Field, including Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, in northern Arizona.