Bighorn Canyon NRA Proposes New Trails and New Trail Uses

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Date: August 18, 2011

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area proposes to establish a comprehensive Trails and Access Plan and Environmental Assessment to help design, add, eliminate, manage, and maintain trails. The park is seeking public comment.  This plan is needed to improve visitor access and travel planning as well as increase visitor safety while providing for the protection of natural and cultural resources. The proposed plan will also help to avoid user conflicts and provide recreation opportunities to a wider variety of user groups.

This Environmental Assessment evaluates a no action alternative and two action alternatives in the South District, North District, and Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area.

The no action alternative maintains that all trails and roads in the three districts would remain as they currently exist. The thirteen established trails would continue to be maintained with current practices.

Under alternative A, established trails would be improved for ease of access and route finding purposes. New trails would be established in appropriate locations to better serve a variety of recreational users and designated users on some trails would be redefined, limiting some trails to single user groups and others as multi-use. Mountain bike trails would be established for the first time in Bighorn Canyon, following appropriate rulemaking. This alternative would also allow for the reclamation of less desirable trails and unpaved roads, while public access roads would be defined and maintained.

Alternative B would improve existing trails in both the North and South Districts without the addition of new trails or roads. Where appropriate, trails will be re-routed to better protect resources and add to visitor safety and enjoyment. Accessible pathways would be improved at popular points of interest. Less desirable trails and roads would be abandoned for natural reclamation. Unpaved roads with public access would be defined within the South District and the Yellowtail Habitat Management Area.

Public Comment

If you wish to comment on the environmental assessment, you may enter your comments online at the National Park Service website Planning, Environment, and Public Comment ( or you may mail comments to the name and address below. There will be two public meetings where maps will also be available. Meetings will be held September 6th at the Afterbay Contact Station in Fort Smith, Montana anytime between 6-8 pm, and on Sept 7th at the Taggart visitor center in Lovell, Wyoming anytime between 6-8 pm.

This Environmental Assessment will be on public review for 30 days ending Sept 18, 2011. Please note that names and addresses of people who comment become part of the public record. We will make all submissions for organizations, businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses available for public inspection in their entirety. If you wish for us to withhold your name and/or address, you must state this at the beginning of your comment.


Cassity Bromley
Chief of Resources
Bighorn Canyon NRA
20 HWY 14 A East
Lovell, Wy 82431

307 548 5416

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