- Bob Falcone
- Gold Camp Road view of Tunnel #1 and the Spring Creek Trail. The trail is to the left, before the tunnel.
This time of the year is always a challenge. The holidays keep us busy with shopping, family get togethers, and office parties. The kids are off from school, winter weather makes driving a nightmare, and fewer daylight hours can make finding time for outdoor recreation difficult.
Many have to cope with travel during this time of the year, whether it is to visit family or to send us further away – or closer to – wintry conditions. With so many things going on, it’s easy to get side-tracked from things that are usually on our collective radar when it comes to making a difference in the quality and quantity of outdoor recreation. Issues like changes to how public lands are used or managed are easy to miss during this time of the year, but yet, we should be at least aware of them, so we can determine how, or even if, to get involved.
The Pikes Peak Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on a proposed permit to allow the Colorado Springs Parks Department to close the section of Gold Camp Road that goes through North Cheyenne Canon Park on a nightly basis. Nightly road closures of the park were made a part of the most recent North Cheyenne Canon Master Plan process, and gates have been installed at both ends of North Cheyenne Canon Road, with closures occurring every night.
Since Gold Camp Road belongs to the Forest Service, the parks department can’t do regular nightly closures without a permit from the USFS, and that requires a process with the Forest Service that involves gathering public input.
More information, including how to submit comments can be found here.
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Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, business owner and author of Hiking Bob’s Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for almost 28 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (@hikingguide), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: email@example.com.