Norwood Ranger District Seeks Comments On Alta Lakes Plan

Contact(s): Matt Zumstein, District Ranger (970) 327-4261, Kathy Peckham, Recreation Staff (970) 327-4261

– The Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests’ Norwood Ranger District is seeking public comment on the proposed Alta Lakes Recreation Area Master Plan. This plan is intended to provide guidance for the development of summer recreation in the Alta Lakes area for the next 5 to 10 years.

The Alta Lakes Recreation Area is located 12 miles south of Telluride, Colorado. The proposed Master Plan’s long-term vision is to improve recreation management at Lower Alta Lake, Upper Alta Lake, Wild Boy Lake and Gold King Basin. The majority of the proposed improvements would occur at Lower Alta Lake including the construction of two dispersed camping loops, restrooms, a day use parking area, trails and plans for riparian habitat restoration.

In the Spring of 2017, the Forest Service initiated discussions with local stakeholders to address resource impacts resulting from the increasing recreation use at Alta Lakes. The draft Master Plan is the result of these stakeholder meetings, coupled with Forest Service recommendations.

The draft Master Plan is available for review online at:

Comments will be accepted until Friday, May 4, 2018.

  • Written comments must be submitted via mail to: Kathy Peckham, Project Leader, P.O. Box 388, Norwood, CO 81423

  • In person, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays, Kathy Peckham, Project Leader, 1150 Forest Street, Norwood, CO 81423

  • By fax at (970) 327-4854

  • Electronically at The name and mailing address of the person submitting electronic comments must be included.



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