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Arches National Park Updates List of Temporary Climbing Route Closures

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Date: July 9, 2013
Contact: Mark Miller, 435-719-2130

The following climbing routes in Arches National Park are again open to rock climbing: 

The Pickle (near the Arches main entrance road)
Crohn's Odyssey, Left Route, Project One, Project Two (on Crohn's Wall near Highway 191)
Cuddlebunny Tower, False Start, North Marcher, Sand Hearse, and Unknown Marching Men (in the Klondike Bluffs area) 

The following routes or features inside Arches National Park remain closed to rock climbing to protect sensitive wildlife species in accordance with the authority of Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 1, Section 1.5(a)(1).  

These closures will remain in effect through the end of the termination date specified below, or until surveys determine associated habitats to be unoccupied by nesting raptors and/or lambing desert bighorn sheep. If surveys determine habitats to be unoccupied by sensitive wildlife, further notice will be given to update the list of temporarily closed climbing routes.


Route name

Termination date

Garden of Eden, Ham Rock

Harkonnen Castle (Dune) (closure applies to entire feature known as Ham Rock)

Aug 15, 2013

Highway 191

Canyonlands by Night

Aug 31, 2013

El Second

The Coup

Klondike Bluffs

Klondike Bluffs Crack

Aug 31, 2013

Klondike Bluffs, The Bouquet

Route One

Route Two

Highway 128, Goose Island

Fun Ramp

Aug 31, 2013

The Hyena

Trail of the Navajo

Highway 128, Milano Tower

Pop Tarts

Aug 31, 2013

Highway 128

Escape Route

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