Cycling in the park now is allowed only on roads, not trails. But park officials are considering a 15.5-mile nonmotorized, multi-use trail running from Estes Park’s Fall River entrance to Sprague Lake as well as two miles of mountain-bike-friendly singletrack along the East Shore Trail near Grand Lake.

“This would provide another mode of transportation for people to access the park and use the park,” said the park’s planning chief, Larry Gamble, on the potential trail along Fall River Road accessing campgrounds and trailheads on the east side of the park. “Our goal is to look at a trail system that would link up with trails that are being planned in the Estes Valley.”

On Monday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced $2.2 million in trail development grants for Colorado, including $337,000 for Estes Park to expand 2.5 miles of multi-use trail along U.S. 34 between the town’s visitor center and the park entrance.

Read more at http://www.denverpost.com/ci_22624850/rocky-mountain-national-park-officials-are-studying-two

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