Royal Arch Trail Reopens Again

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Volunteers help rebuild the Royal Arch Trail  Photo courtesy of

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The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department will reopen the Royal Arch Trail, a popular Boulder trail that sustained significant damage during the 2013 September floods, on Saturday, Nov. 8.

For more than a century, the Royal Arch Trail has allowed Boulder residents to hike to locations that provide breathtaking vistas of the city, its iconic Flatirons and its diverse public landscapes. When last year’s September floods surged down the mountains surrounding Boulder, floodwaters carved out a large section of the trail and caused additional damage along the historic path.

OSMP is reopening the Royal Arch Trail on Saturday after the Front Range Climbing Stewards and department trail crews recently completed repairs along the path, including the construction of a new route around the trail gap. The Front Range Climbing Stewards is a trail-building partnership between two Boulder-based nonprofits: the Boulder Climbing Community and the Access Fund.

“With combined hard work from the local climbing community, OSMP trail crews and dozens of volunteers, we’ve rebuilt the Royal Arch Trail and made it better than before,” said Mike Patton, Open Space and Mountain Parks’ director. “We’re thrilled at reopening this important trail, which has helped generations of Boulder-area residents to connect with nature.”

Because the Royal Arch Trail serves as an important access route for local climbers, OSMP reached out to local climbers and the Boulder Climbing Community for their input in rebuilding the trail. With their insights, along with additional input from the Open Space Board of Trustees, OSMP decided to construct a new route around the damaged section of trail and hired the Front Range Climbing Stewards to complete the project.

“All of us involved in this project are very excited about the way it turned out, and I know the hikers who use the new section of trail will love it,” said Roger Briggs, operations manager for the Boulder Climbing Community. “We’re looking forward to partnering with OSMP again.”

To see videos and pictures of the work the Front Range Climbing Stewards, OSMP trail crews and volunteers completed on the Royal Arch Trail, go to

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