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Signs at Rainbow Bridge National Monument have been changed to insert the word "voluntarily" into a request that visitors respect American Indian beliefs and not walk under the arch. Smith photo
Park Service wants input on Rainbow Bridge repairs

Like hiking to Rainbow Bridge? Planning on it? The National Park Service wants your input on how to fix the trail and improve it.

A 2013 flood damaged a section of the trail leading from the courtesy dock on Lake Powell to Rainbow Bridge. In the meantime, there is a temporary trail to restore access to Rainbow Bridge. The park service also wants to address the trail’s safety in light of more flash flooding.

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The park service also is considering extending the trail for visitors to walk around Rainbow Bridge and connect them to the trail approaching the site from land owned by the Navajo Nation.

The park service is giving the public two opportunities to comment, once before and once after the park service puts together its plans for the repairs and improvements. The plans will be posted to the park website for review and comments.

Any comments during this initial stage should be submitted before March 7. They must be in writing, and there are a few ways to submit them:

• By mail: Addressed to the Superintendent, attention RABR Trail Improvement Plan, at P.O. Box 1507, Page, AZ 86040.

• Online: at parkplanning.nps.gov/rabr-trail.

• Fax: 928-608-6204

• In person: Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Glen Canyon Headquarters, located at 691 Scenic View Drive, Page, AZ 86040.

- Michael McFall

Twitter: @mikeypanda



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