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Lake Pueblo. Photo by Mike Saho.

​​​​​​​​​​Lake Pueblo State Park Management Plans

State Park Trail Management Plan

After years of inventories, assessments and analysis, CPW staff, in coordination with the Bureau of Reclamation, have finalized the park's trail management plan. A main component of this plan assesses and recommends formalization of miles of existing, undesignated gravel trails, called “natural surface trails,” which developed over the years from social trails. These trails were not properly planned or approved through the strict Environmental Assessment (EA) process required for federally owned property. 

Besides the physical status of the trails, CPW staff also took inventory of the park's natural and cultural resources, as well as assessed the impact existing trails are having on the resources. With this important information, the plan includes recommendations to be used in an EA to be conducted by Reclamation. 

This EA will guide the federal agency’s future Resource Management Planning (RMP) process for Lake Pueblo, and eventually will result in a sustainable, designated, natural-surface trail system at the park, as well as other park improvements.

This trail plan is final. It has been submitted to Reclamation and will become an important part of their RMP process. CPW must wait until the RMP and EA documents are complete to learn what parts of the trail plan recommendations are approved. Once formal approval is made, actual trail work on the ground can begin.

Final Lake Pueblo Trail Management Plan 

This is the final plan, including public comments, that was submitted to Reclamation in May 2019.

Final Draft Trail Management Plan (40MB)


At the end of April 2019, a public open house was held. The draft trail plan was presented to the public and comments obtained. There was a large turn-out for the meeting and a large number of comments received. After reviewing the comments, CPW was able, with support from Reclamation, to make a significant number of changes that resulted in several south side trails not being closed, as originally recommended. CPW also tried to better explain when a seasonal closure MAY be needed.  

See a copy of the original draft from the April meeting:

April 2019 Draft Trail Management ​Plan​ (30MB)



Why does Lake Pueblo need a trail management plan?

Lake Pueblo State Park is made up of federal and state property. The natural surface trails in the park have developed over the years from undesignated social trails. All trails created on federal property are required by law to be approved through environmental assessments and the natural surface trails at Lake Pueblo did not go through this planning process.​

Note: this plan gives the recommendations that will be used for the Environmental Assessment (EA) that will be conducted by the Bureau of Reclamation (below). 

State-Owned Lands at Lake Pueblo Supplemental Plan

The Lake Pueblo State Park supplemental park management plan provides management guidelines for the state-owned properties in the park. These lands include the Honor Farm property, State Land Board parcel and the Chain of Lakes complex.

Current Status: 

  • ​The public input process has been completed and the plan has been finalized.
  • A digital copy of the plan will be linked to this page as soon as it has been adopted by CPW.

​Federally Owned Properties​ Resource Management Plan and Environmental Assessment

Current Status:

  • ​The Bureau of Reclamation office is currently preparing a resource management plan and environmental assessment plan for Lake Pueblo State Park and the Lake Pueblo State Wildlife Area.
  • ​There will be a second public open house when a draft plan has been developed.

Note: Lake Pueblo's trail management plan (above) will become an important document for the Bureau of Reclamation during their planning process.

About the Resource Management Plan (RMP)

This plan will provide a management path for all the federally owned property within Lake Pueblo State Park and all of the Lake Pueblo State Wildlife Area. 

About the Environmental Assessment  (EA)

This assessment will make sure the RMP is in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act​.

Questions About the RMP/EA

If you have questions about the RMP/EA process or timeline, please check the Bureau of Reclamation's Pueblo Reservoir web page and the NEPA website, or contact the Eastern Colorado Area Bureau of Reclamation office directly at: 

Eastern Colorado Area Office
11056 W. County Rd 18E
Loveland, CO 80537-9711​
Phone (970) 962-4410
Fax (970) 663-3212
RMP Contact:  Tara Piper

2014 Federally Owned Properties RMP/EA​​ Public Open House  ​

A Public open house was held at the Lake Pueblo State Park visitor center in Pueblo, CO on January 22, 2014.  

Open House Documents

In an effort to help organize the comments, we divided the property into seven management units. 

Management unit maps and information: