Boulder Blocks Gold Camp Road in Western Colorado Springs
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Gold Camp Road is closed to vehicles after a boulder fell on the dirt road Sunday afternoon.
The boulder fell between tunnels 1 and 2. The road is closed from the northern boundary of North Cheyenne Cañon Park, north of the Chutes and Ladders Trail, to the gravel parking lot above Helen Hunt Falls.
The city said the forest service was working to figure out how to fix the problem.
Also on Monday, the city said Gold Camp Road would be closed from the northern boundary of North Cheyenne Cañon Park to Helen Hunt Falls from May 3 to 28.
During the closure, teams will upgrade and expand the existing gravel hub parking lot at the intersection of North Cheyenne Cañon Road, High Drive and Gold Camp Road.
During the closure, the road will still be open to hikers, cyclists, horse riders and motor vehicles less than 50 inches in width. All users are advised to slow down and be aware of construction vehicles in the area.
“These upgrades will provide some relief from much-needed parking,” David Deitemeyer, senior landscape architect, said in a press release. “While the work is in progress, however, visitors can expect North Cheyenne Cañon Park to be busy with very limited parking. To ensure a more positive experience, we strongly recommend that visitors plan ahead and consider parking near the Starsmore Visitor & Nature Center and then walking or biking through the park until then. lot is complete. We would like to thank residents and visitors for their patience as we work to make the park experience more enjoyable for all.
The project, a recommendation of North Cheyenne Cañon’s 2018 Master Plan, will increase the current number of parking lots from 75 non-designated spaces to 92 designated spaces. A concrete curb and gutter will be added, as well as a paved asphalt surface and accessible parking spaces.
The total cost is $ 320,000, funded by the Trail, Open Space and Park Sales Tax (TOPS). TOPS is a 0.01% sales tax first approved by voters in 1997 that generates approximately $ 9.5 million annually. It is used exclusively to preserve and manage green spaces, trails and parks.