Saturday, March 2, 2013

Temporary Closures In Place to Protect Nesting Raptors in Rocky Mountain National Park

Each year Rocky Mountain National Park officials initiate temporary closures in the Lumpy Ridge and Sheep Mountain areas of the park, in order to protect raptor breeding and nesting sites. To ensure that these birds of prey can nest undisturbed, specific areas within the park are closed temporarily to public use during nesting season, and are monitored by wildlife managers. All closures went into effect on March 1st, and will continue through July 31st. These closures may be extended longer or rescinded at an earlier date depending on nesting activity.

Closures include Checkerboard Rock, Lightning Rock, Batman Rock, Batman Pinnacle, Thunder Buttress, The Parish, Alligator Rock, Sheep Mountain, Twin Owls and Rock One. These closures include the named formations as well as areas extending 100 yards surrounding the base of the formation. The perimeter around Alligator Rock extends for 200 yards in all directions. Closures include all climbing routes, outcroppings, cliffs, faces, ascent and descent routes and climber access trails to the named rock formations. Check the park's website or call the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206 for updated information on raptor closures.

The National Park Service is committed to preserving birds of prey. The same cliffs that are critical for raptors also appeal to climbers. The cooperation of climbing organizations and individuals continues to be essential to the successful nesting of raptors in the park.


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