Boulder reopens Royal Arch Trail after finishing maintenance, repairs

The Royal Arch Trail has reopened following almost six months of closures due to “significant maintenance and re-construction work,” according to the City of Boulder.

The closures allowed the space and time for crews with Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks to reconstruct about 1,000 feet of the trail to move it away from sensitive wildlife and plant habitats. City trail staff rebuilt stone staircases, installed a new bridge and widened a few sections of the path, the city said. The damage was caused by erosion and visitor use.

The Royal Arch Trail is a popular trail in Boulder and is one of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks’ “legacy trails,” which are all located in steep places and therefore, are easily affected by erosion from rain and snowmelt. Maintaining these “legacy trails” is one of the department’s top long-term projects.

Even though these significant repairs are complete along the Royal Arch Trail, Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks is still planning additional maintenance in 2022, which will require new closures.

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