Rocky Mountain National Park To Allow Bicycle Use On Two-Mile Section Of East Shore Trail On The West Side Of Park

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Date: March 1, 2018
Contact: Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer, (970) 586-1363
Contact: General Park Information, (970) 586-1206

A Final Rule will be published in the Federal Register on March 2, 2018, that allows bicycle use on a two-mile section of the East Shore Trail within Rocky Mountain National Park. The rule can be found at Search for the regulation identifier number “1024-AE31.” The East Shore Trail is an existing hiking and equestrian trail on the west side of the park near the Town of Grand Lake. The East Shore Trail Area is excluded from the park’s designated wilderness.

Trail proponents, including the Headwaters Trails Alliance, will be responsible for completing work on the trail before it opens to public bicycle use. The timeline is still being negotiated.

After extensive public involvement, a decision document was signed that approved bicycle use on this two-mile section of the trail inside the park. Required trail reroutes to safely accommodate bicycle use triggered rulemaking per the National Park Service Bicycle Rule.

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please visit or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

Last updated: March 1, 2018

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