The FONSI officially completes the planning process for the path, which was developed in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and included extensive public involvement.
The primary purpose of the path is to relieve safety issues for visitors of all ages who choose to use non-motorized transportation to experience Bryce Canyon National Park. Visitor safety will be improved by separating motor vehicles from bicyclists, pedestrians, and other non-motorized user groups. The path is also intended to help manage congestion, improve visitor experience, and provide alternative means of accessing United States Forest Service and National Park Service lands.
Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2015 and conclude by late fall 2015. The grand opening of the path is expected to occur in spring 2016 and will be one of the park’s Centennial projects.
The project has had significant support from a large number of partners including Utah Department of Transportation, Federal Highways, US Forest Service, Bryce Canyon City, and Garfield County, UT.
Because the Regional Director’s decision will allow bicycle use on the path, a special regulation must be promulgated before bicycles can be used. The proposed rule and an electronic form on which to submit written comments are available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. You can find the proposed rule by conducting a “search for a proposed rule” and entering keywords “Bryce Canyon.” Comments will be accepted through January 26, 2015. A final regulation is expected to be published in the Federal Register by March 2015.
An electronic copy of the plan and FONSI are available online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/brca.
Bryce Canyon National Park protects and conserves resources integral to a landscape of unusual scenic beauty exemplified by highly colored and fantastically eroded geological features, including rock fins and spires, for the benefit and enjoyment of the people. Additional information can also be obtained by visiting the park’s website at www.nps.gov/brca or by calling the park’s main information line at(435)834-5322.