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Traffic near Fairy Falls Trailhead, July 2014
Traffic near Fairy Falls Trailhead, July 2014

Comments Sought On Temporary Parking Proposed Near Fairy Falls Trailhead

Public comment is sought on a proposed temporary parking area near the Fairy Falls Trailhead at Midway Geyser Basin.

According to a Yellowstone press release, officials hope to create a gravel parking area near the trailhead in response to increased visitation. Officials say they want to create the lot at a “previously disturbed location” near current trailhead parking.

The lot would accommodate approximately 74 passenger vehicles.

Access to the Fairy Falls Trailhead was previously restricted last summer due to new trail construction. The proposal comes several years after the Midway Geyser Basin parking lot was repaved.

Crews hope to start construction of the temporary parking area as soon as possible and complete it by mid-summer. If created, staff will collect data on the temporary parking lot to understand how it affects traffic in that corridor of Yellowstone National Park.

In the event officials decide not to create a gravel lot, the area will instead be replanted and returned to a natural condition.

Officials are soliciting comments from now until April 1, 2017. You can submit comments through the Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website or by mailing them to the following address:

Fairy Falls Trailhead Temporary Parking Review
Attn: YCR
PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

All envelopes must be postmarked by April 1, 2017.

About Sean Reichard

Sean Reichard is the editor of Yellowstone Insider and author of Yellowstone Insider For Families 2017.

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