Public Asked To Comment on Proposed Changes at Timpanogos Cave
The changes propose improvements to the current visitors center, a “temporary” double wide trailer put in place after the previous visitor center burnt down in 1991. Additionally the National Park Service is hoping to build an interagency visitor center at the mouth of American Fork Canyon to be used in conjunction with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
The five options being considered include:
- Realignment of Highway to Improve Safety
This, the preferred option, calls for the realignment of the highway to remove the need for visitors to cross the highway and to allow the construction of a visitor contact station out of the most hazardous rockfall area and out of the 100- and 500-year floodplains. The parking area would be somewhat reduced and require the shuttles to transport visitors between a new interagency visitors center and the trail head during busy times.
- Mandatory Shuttle Service
Visitors would be required to park at a new interagency visitors center at the mouth of the canyon and take a shuttle bus to the to the cave trailhead. At the trail head the current parking area would be restored to natural conditions and a new visitor contact station, shuttle staging, and a shuttle stop would be constructed.
- High Demand Shuttle System
Limited parking would be available at the cave trail head, and there would be a shuttle available to transport folks between a new interagency visitors center and the trail head during times with peak visitor demand. At the cave trailhead, visitor parking areas would be redesigned to accommodate weekday visitors with parking on both sides of the highway and a new visitor contact station, shuttle staging, and a shuttle stop would be constructed.
- Canyon Site Capacity Improvements With Advanced Demand Management
Increased parking areas would be constructed on both sides of the highway and a visitor contact station would be constructed out of the most hazardous rockfall area and out of the 100-year floodplain. Despite the increase in parking, shuttles would be required in order to reduce traffic congestion at the Monument during peak times.
The 30-day comment period for the proposals began on June 15th and runs until July 15th. There will also be an open house at the current visitor center on July 2nd 5:30pm to 8:00pm where folks can ask questions about the proposals.
For more information on this proposal, including how to comment visit the Timpanogos Facility Development website or the Timpanogos Cave National Monument visitor’s center.