Climbing Route Closures

PRECAUTIONARY CLOSURE DUE TO POTENTIAL ROCKFALL


Part of South Chasm View Wall is closed due to a 300' x 40' slab of rock that shifted one inch in one week. The slab is estimated to weigh 6 million pounds or more. The NPS is consulting with geohazards specialists for further direction.

The following routes are closed:

  • The Night is Dark & Full of Terrors
  • The Flakes
  • 5.11+ Alternate Start
  • Astrodog
  • Tague Yer Time
  • Shadow Boxing
  • The Black Hole
 
South Rim Chasm View Wall
South Rim Chasm View Wall. The area in red shows the impacted routes. Photo: NPS/Lynch
 

ANNUAL CLOSURES FOR PROTECTION OF NESTING RAPTORS

EFFECTIVE MARCH 15 THROUGH JULY 15

 
BLCA Climbing Closure Map
 
 

The following areas and routes are closed to public use for the protection of nesting Peregrine falcons:

Serpent Point and adjacent walls within one-half mile, including the top of the walls 50 feet away from the rim edge. This does not include developed trails and overlooks.

All climbing routes on the Painted Wall are closed, including:

  • Southern Arete
  • Journey Through Mirkwood
  • Forrest-Walker
  • Stratosfear
  • The Serpent
  • Dragon Route
  • Climb Bold or Fly (Beyer Route)
  • Northern Arete

Climbing routes on the south rim wall across from Painted Wall are open.


Additionally, the following routes upstream from Echo Canyon, including the top of the walls 50 feet away from the rim edge, are closed:

  • Me, Myself & My Ego
  • Kill 'Em All
  • The Black Buttress
  • Deadman's Walk

Hiking within Echo Canyon is allowed.

Last updated: May 31, 2018

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