BLM seeks public comment regarding Challis Foothills Master Trail Plan

Project Would Increase Recreational Opportunities


Bureau of Land Management

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CHALLIS, Idaho — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking the public’s input for a proposed recreational Master Trail Plan that would be located in the Challis Foothills. Comments will be accepted for 30 days ending Oct. 12.

“The increase in recreation-based activities has amplified the need for improved recreation management and opportunities at the Challis Foothills Trail system,” said Challis Field Manager Josh Travers. “We’re glad to see the community coming together to get this accomplished.”

The BLM and community partners from the Challis Community Trails Collaborative propose to construct 7 miles of new trails and create a mountain bike skills course. The plan would also open previous and new trails to bicycles and e-bikes, as well as other usage. The proposed trail system is located just southwest of Challis and encompasses 48.2 acres of BLM-managed public land.

The BLM is seeking comments that are directly relevant to the proposal and project area. Particularly helpful comments would identify any additional information or analysis which should be considered or anything deemed incorrect or incomplete.

The Draft Environmental Assessment that the BLM prepared is available for review on ePlanning at The identification for this environmental assessment is DOI-BLM-ID-I030-2023-0019-EA.

The 30-day comment period concludes Oct. 12, 2023. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

Those who provide comments are advised that before including their personal identifying information (address, email, phone number) they should be aware that the entire comment – including their personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold this information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.

For more information, contact the BLM Challis Field Office at 208-879-6200.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.