Travel Management and Recreation Analysis

The U.S. Forest Service’s South Platte Ranger District is seeking public input on proposed changes to travel management and recreation opportunities. These changes are part of the High Country Travel and Recreation Management Project, which covers the higher elevation western part of the District.

The High Country Travel and Recreation Management Project has two primary purposes: 1) to modify the road and trail system to accommodate current and anticipated use while providing balance with the protection of natural resources; and 2) to better define and implement a variety of recreation opportunities to accommodate a range of current and anticipated use while providing balance with the protection of natural resources.

The need for the project is driven by the high level of public use, along with decreased resources to address the effects of this use. Specifically, high use in some areas is causing unacceptable resource damage. Extensive camping and vehicle use off authorized routes is damaging vegetation, including fragile subalpine and alpine tundra, wetlands, and fens. Demand for recreation is expected to increase while funding for visitor education, transportation system and recreation site maintenance, and law enforcement is decreasing. Improved management of travel and recreation uses would reduce the potential for resource damage while continuing to provide a wide array of recreation opportunities.

High Country Draft Proposed Action
Signed Scoping Letter
Maps: Figure 1 (PDF .3Mb) | Figure 2 (PDF 2.8Mb) | Figure 3 (PDF 3Mb)

Please note the following PDFs are very large (26.4Mb), but they are very detailed maps:
Current Travel System and Legal Access
Proposed Travel System and Legal Access