Zinke to stop at Rocky Mountain National Park

Author: Erin Prater - August 3, 2018 - Updated: August 4, 2018

Club 20 GardnerIn this May 9, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rides a horse in Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. Much of Bears Ears is on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management, which is part of Zinke’s department. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP, File)

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will host a press conference Sunday at Rocky Mountain National Park urging Congress to take action to fix national park infrastructure, according to a Friday announcement from the department.

While in Colorado, Zinke will also meet with state legislative leaders, the Southern Ute tribe and other stakeholders, the release states.

The visit will be his second to the national park.

The visit comes as the Interior Department has been moving forward on a proposal to relocate the headquarters of its U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which oversees millions of acres of federal land in the West, to a western state. Some Colorado leaders have proposed Grand Junction as a possible HQ location.

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Also in Colorado, the Interior secretary is slated to address the Steamboat Institute’s 10th annual Freedom Conference and Film Festival on Aug. 10 in Steamboat Springs. The conservative think tank’s 10th annual event runs Aug. 9-11.

This is a developing story. Check back for more.

Erin Prater

Erin Prater

Erin Prater is Colorado Politics' digital editor. She is a multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. Her previous positions include military reporter at The Gazette, general assignment reporter at The Huerfano County (Colo.) World, copy editor at David C. Cook publishing house and adjunct mass communication instructor at Pueblo Community College. Her bylines include The New York Times Upfront, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Military Spouse magazine and Omaha Magazine (Omaha, Neb.). Her syndicated bylines include The Denver Post,, and wire services.