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City of Boulder to Implement Trail Closures Along the Royal Arch Trail Next Week

The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department will implement closures along the Royal Arch Trail starting as early as Monday, April 12, to conduct the repairs along the popular trail.

During this planned maintenance, OSMP will close the Royal Arch Trail from Monday, April 12, through Friday, April 16 – weather permitting. This closure will be in place for 24 hours a day. OSMP requests visitors follow trail closures so department trail crews can work safely in Royal Arch’s steep terrain. The City of Boulder encourages community members to access to plan visits to other areas while trail repairs occur.

The Royal Arch Trail is one of OSMP’s popular “legacy trails,” which are located in steep locations, prone to erosion and require ongoing maintenance to provide unique and enjoyable experiences for open space visitors. While OSMP conducted significant repairs to the Royal Arch Trail in the wake of the 2013 floods, erosion from snow, rain and sustained visitor traffic along the trail have caused a section of the path to narrow significantly. Next week, OSMP trail crews will install an 18-foot bridge to help visitors pass the eroded area safely.

OSMP also plans to build staircases along the Royal Arch Trail as part of a planned trail re-route that may begin in May and will likely continue into the fall. This trail work also will address trail erosion and will require OSMP to implement Monday through Thursday trail closures – with some additional closures occurring on Friday.

Media Contacts: 

Phillip Yates, Media Relations, 303-349-2438 


Published April 6, 2021