• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

Climbing Closures

Closures for Peregrine Falcon Protection
July 22, 2014

The peregrine falcon is a fully protected species in California and a special status species in Yosemite due to its sensitivity to disturbance during the nesting season. To protect this species, the superintendent of Yosemite National Park is designating peregrine nesting cliffs as areas closed to visitor use, including climbing and slack-lining activities, until peregrine chicks have fledged and dispersed from those areas in 2014. By order of the superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) and Section (a)(1): The following areas are identified as cliffs closed to visitor use, including climbing activities, beginning March 1, 2014 and remaining in effect until July 15, 2014, or until further notice:

  • All temporary climbing closures protecting nesting Peregrine Falcons were lifted on July 15, 2014. Now that the breeding season is over, we thank the climbing community for helping the peregrines to have another successful season. This year, biologists monitored 13 breeding pairs and observed 25 juveniles. Next year, temporary climbing closures will be in effect again from March 1 to July 15.

Nest sites will be monitored to provide current information on nesting status and to ensure prompt re-opening of these areas. Closures are subject to change based on current nesting status. Your cooperation in complying with these temporary restrictions is greatly appreciated.

The designation will remain in place until rescinded.

Learn more about special status bird species in Yosemite National Park.

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Half Dome Permit

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