Input received through this survey will inform the development of the Visitor Use Management Plan for Eldorado Canyon State Park.  The Visitor Use Management Plan will enhance user experiences and protect park resources by identifying effective strategies for managing visitor use and access, including improving traffic flow and parking. For more information about this process, please reference answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The questions and information provided here mirror those at the public meetings scheduled for September, 2019.  You can review the presentation provided at the meetings here: https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/EldoradoCanyon/Pages/Visitor-Use-Management-Plan.aspx.  If you provided feedback at the meetings you do not need to also fill out this survey; however, you may also fill out the survey if you choose.

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Please note that the full content of these surveys will be available both to Colorado Parks and Wildlife and to Keystone Policy Center, the third party non-profit organization coordinating the public engagement process.

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* 1. Personal Info (Optional)
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* 3. Eldorado Canyon State Park is unique because (please respond in the comment box below):

Visitor Use Management Scenarios for Improving Traffic Flow and Parking on Busy Summer Weekends

Why are we examining ways to improve traffic flow and parking? Extensive public comments, visitor feedback, and experience from our park staff indicate that on busy summer weekends and holidays, traffic and parking are congested not only in Eldorado Canyon State Park but in the surrounding private neighborhoods.

Two scenarios have been developed to test combinations of potential strategies for improving traffic flow and parking on busy summer weekends (i.e., the ‘peak season’) in Eldorado Canyon State Park, which represent the peak visitation days for the park. These scenarios are currently only being considered for summer weekends and holidays, not other days or seasons. If visitation increases outside of the summer weekends and holidays, the park may also consider additional days and/or seasons (e.g., spring and fall) for implementation.

The scenarios are not fully inclusive of the strategies being considered in the Visitor Use Management Plan (VUMP) process. Instead, the scenarios focus on strategies that have received most discussion among the VUMP Task Force and need the most public feedback.

Your feedback on these scenarios will be incorporated into the development of a draft VUMP. The public will also have an opportunity to comment on the draft plan before it is finalized.

For more information on the Task Force, and the Visitor Use Management Plan process, please see answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the website. 

Please read each scenario carefully, then respond to the questions.
Scenario A: Reserved-in-Advance, Motor Vehicle Parking Permit

Scenario A aims to reduce and more evenly distribute traffic coming into the park throughout the day on busy weekend days during the peak visitation season by requiring advance reservation of motor vehicle parking permits with designated park entry times. 


Features of this scenario:

Reserved-in-Advance Motor Vehicle Parking Permit
  • On busy weekend days during the peak season, a reserved-in-advance motor vehicle parking permit would be required to park inside Eldorado Canyon State Park. The fee for the vehicle permit is yet to be determined. The vehicle permit fee would be discounted for annual pass holders. The permit would act as the vehicle’s day pass.
  • Parking permits would be available online and/or by phone (not at the park). An order number or email confirmation would function as proof of purchase. Entrance station employees would verify parking permits at the entrance station.
  • Parking permit reservations would provide each vehicle with an entry window for the park, staggered in 1-hour increments throughout the day. Each entry window would be 2 hours.
    • For example, if you had a permit reservation with a 10 a.m. entry time, you could enter between 10 a.m. and Noon. If you had a permit reservation with a 1 p.m. entry time, you could enter between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Parking permits would be for stays valid from the start of the reservation entry window until the park closes at the end of the day.
  • The number of reservations made available per hour would be based on user patterns and peak park visitation times, with the goal of not exceeding 80% of parking spot capacity in the park.
    • Parking permits would be available for any spot in the park - specific spots cannot be reserved.
  • When the permitting system is active, signage near the intersection of CO-93 and CO-170 would display "Vehicle reservations required for Eldorado Canyon State Park. No park vehicle access without reservation."
  • A bypass lane at the entrance station would accommodate park staff, residents, and emergency vehicles.
  • Existing park pedestrian/bike entry fees ($4 per person) would still apply.

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* 4. Questions on Scenario A

Scenario B: Reserved-in-Advance Motor Vehicle Parking Permit + Time Limits + Free Shuttle

Scenario B adds time limits and a free shuttle to the reserved-in-advance motor vehicle parking permits in the first scenario. Scenario B aims to reduce the number of personal vehicles entering the park, reducing traffic congestion and competition for parking spaces on days during the peak season. Scenario B considers the number of vehicles in the park, the number of total users arriving by vehicle or shuttle, and convenience-based incentives to use the shuttle.
Features of this scenario:

Reserved-in-Advance Motor Vehicle Parking Permit + Time Limits
  • On busy weekend days during the summer/peak season, a reserved-in-advance motor vehicle parking permit would be required to park inside Eldorado Canyon State Park. The fees for the vehicle permit are yet to be determined; an 8-hour reservation would be more expensive than a 4-hour reservation. The vehicle permit fee would be discounted for annual pass holders. The permit would act as the vehicle’s day pass.
  • Parking permits would be available online and/or by phone (not at the park). An order number or email confirmation would function as proof of purchase. Entrance station employees would verify parking permits at the entrance station.
  • Parking permits reservations would provide each vehicle with an entry window for the park, staggered in 1-hour increments throughout the day. Each entry window would be 2 hours.
  • Parking permits would be for any available spot in the park – specific spots cannot be reserved.
  • Parking permits would be more restricted during peak hours than at other times to offset increased visitation from shuttle passengers and to maintain (not increase) total current numbers of visitors entering the park. For example, parking availability may be reduced with a goal of not exceeding 50% parking spot capacity at peak visitation times.
  • No reservation or parking fee would be required after 5pm.
  • When the permitting system is active, signage near the intersection of CO-93 and CO-170 would display "Vehicle reservations required for Eldorado Canyon State Park. No park vehicle access without reservation. Free shuttle available."
  • A bypass lane at the entrance station would accommodate park staff, residents, and emergency vehicles.
Free Shuttle
  • Free shuttles that run continuously throughout the day.
  • Shuttle stops would be: City of Boulder, the intersection of CO-93 and CO-170, Doudy Draw and South Mesa trailheads, and three stops within the park (Entrance Station, Fowler Trail, and Visitor Center).
  • Shuttles would include three 15-passenger mini-buses running on rotation to all of the stops, with an estimated 20 to 30-minute interval between them.
  • The first shuttle would depart at 6 am. The last shuttle to leave the park would depart at 5pm.
  • Those riding the shuttle to Eldorado Canyon State Park would pay the walk-in park entrance fee, which is $4 for adults and free for those ages 15 and under; or they would use their annual pass.
  • Shuttles would be first-come, first-served and would not be reservable.
  • A bypass lane at the entrance station would accommodate shuttles, park staff, residents, and emergency vehicles to enter.

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* 5. Questions on Scenario B

Comparison of Traffic and Parking Scenarios and Strategies

 
  Status Quo Scenario A Scenario B
Parking Permit Required No Yes Yes
Parking Permit Time Limits N/A No Yes, 4 or 8 hours
Timed entry windows No Yes Yes
Cost per vehicle $9 or Annual Pass Vehicle permit fee TBD. The vehicle permit fee would be discounted for annual pass holders. The permit would act as the vehicle’s day pass. Vehicle permit fee TBD. An 8-hour reservation would be more expensive than a 4-hour reservation. The vehicle permit fee would be discounted for annual pass holders. The permit would act as the vehicle’s day pass.
Cost for walk/bike-in (free for ages 15 and under) $4/person $4/person $4/person
Shuttle available No No Yes
Vehicles turned away … When parking lots are full Without reservation Without reservation


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* 6. Strategies for traffic flow and parking: To what extent do you support or oppose each of the following strategies for improving traffic flow and parking on busy summer weekends:

  Strongly Support Support Neither Support nor Oppose Oppose Strongly Oppose
Paid, reserve-in-advance parking permits
Time-limited parking permits (i.e., with 4-hour or 8-hour options)
A shuttle (free or low-cost)

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* 7. To what extent do you agree that each scenario would be effective in improving traffic flow and parking issues at Eldorado Canyon State Park and in the surrounding community on busy summer weekends?

  Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree
Status quo park access (first come, first served; park entry closes at capacity)
Scenario A: Reserved-in-Advance, Motor Vehicle Parking Permit
Scenario B: Reserved-in-Advance Motor Vehicle Parking Permit + Time Limits + Free Shuttle

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* 8. To what extent do you agree that each scenario would be beneficial, in general, for Eldorado Canyon State Park and its visitors:

  Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree
Status quo park access (first come, first served; park entry closes at capacity)
Scenario A: Reserved-in-Advance, Motor Vehicle Parking Permit
Scenario B: Reserved-in-Advance Motor Vehicle Parking Permit + Time Limits + Free Shuttle

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* 9. Which scenario would you currently prefer the MOST for busy summer weekends?

Additional Visitor Use Management Strategies

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* 10. Given a recent trend of increased visitation, what are the highest priority additional upgrades or strategies for the continued operation of the park? Pick three from the list below:

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* 11. Is there anything else you would like park staff to know about managing the park, or additional strategies you would like them to consider?

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* 12. What is your primary activity at Eldorado Canyon State Park? Select one.

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* 13. What other activities do you do at Eldorado Canyon State Park? Select up to three:

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* 14. How frequently do you visit Eldorado Canyon State Park?

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* 15. What time of day do you most often enter Eldorado Canyon State Park?

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* 16. How long do you tend to stay when you visit Eldorado Canyon State Park?

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* 17. Where do you live?

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* 18. How would you describe your racial or ethnic background? Please check all that apply. (Optional)

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