Each year to protect raptor nesting sites, Rocky Mountain National Park officials initiate temporary closures in the Lumpy Ridge and Sheep Mountain areas of the park. 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 monitored by wildlife managers. All closures started on March 1st and will continue through July 31st, if appropriate. These closures may be extended longer or rescinded at an earlier date depending on nesting activity.
website 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.
These closures only affect climbers. The loop trail around Lumpy Ridge, known as the Lumpy Ridge Loop, will continue to be open to hikers during this time period.