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Contact: Corky Hays, 435-692-1234 (x15)
The National Park Service (NPS) is in the initial stages of developing an environmental assessment for the construction of a parking area at the Goodman Point Unit of Hovenweep National Monument near Cortez, Colorado. Prior to preparing an environmental assessment, the NPS is soliciting public comment to help identify issues associated with the proposed plan.
This designated parking lot would replace the existing informal pull-off located in the public right-of-way which has been compromised by recent road work. The proposal will establish a small, dirt parking lot about 50 feet square in size within the Goodman Point Unit adjacent to the unit’s north boundary. The lot would provide parking for approximately six vehicles and would correct a safety issue which endangers park visitors, employees, researchers, local residents and the general public. By moving the parking area away from the county road and enlarging the parking area, visitors and employees accessing the unit will be able to park safely away from the road and traffic concerns.
A scoping brochure is available on-line at https://parkplanning.nps.gov under Hovenweep National Monument. The public scoping period is open for 21 days and comments are due by March 13, 2009. Comments may be made online or by letter to Southeast Utah Group, Attention: Goodman Point Parking Lot Scoping, 2282 S. West Resource Blvd., Moab, UT 84532.