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Two Alternatives Under Consideration For Multi-Use Path At Bryce Canyon National Park

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Bryce Canyon officials are trying to determine the route for a multi-use path proposed to run from Bryce Canyon City into the park. NPS graphic.

Bryce Canyon National Park officials, after considering public opinion and input from other federal agencies, have come up with two alternatives for a proposed multi-use path that would connect Bryce Canyon City to the national park.

The two preliminary action alternatives being considered are (1) the Topographic Alignment and (2) the Road Corridor Alignment. These two alternatives vary in the following ways:

* Separation distance from Highway 63 and main park roads

* Amount of direct access provided to key facilities and connectivity with viewpoints, and

* Resource and topographic advantages for construction and accessibility.

You can find more information about these preliminary alternatives and the process to further refine them online at this site.

Because all action alternatives would connect the path through Dixie National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service is a key partner on this project. Both agencies will collaborate on the development of a forthcoming environmental assessment. The project is also being planned in close coordination with Bryce Canyon City, Garfield County, and Utah Department of Transportation.

The construction of the path would aid in addressing traffic congestion and safety within the park and the adjacent community of Bryce Canyon City. For those that choose to explore the park by non-motorized means, the path would provide visitors with a safe travel alternative from Bryce Canyon City, through adjacent portions of the Dixie National Forest, and throughout the Bryce Amphitheater portion of the park.

An environmental assessment will be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. A final public comment period will be available when the Multi-Use Path Environmental Assessment is released in 2014.

At all stages of this process, public comments are welcome. To assist in development of the project alternatives, please provide your comments on the multi-use path alternative alignments by December 30, 2013. Email [email protected], or mail comments to Bryce Canyon National Park, P.O. Box 640201, Bryce, Utah 84764. Respondents should include their name, address and email to be added to the mailing list for more information about this project.

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