Temporary Closures In 2017 To Protect Nesting Raptors

Red-tailed Hawk on tree
Red-tailed Hawk perches on pine tree in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Courtesy Ann Schonlau Rocky Mountain National Park

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News Release Date: March 2, 2017

Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

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 began on March 1 and will continue through July 31, if appropriate. These closures may be extended longer or rescinded at an earlier date depending on nesting activity.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, Sundance, Thunder Buttress, The Parish, Alligator Rock, Sheep Mountain, and Twin Owls, Rock One.  These closures include the named formations.  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 at www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/area_closures.htm 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.
 
For further information on Rocky Mountain National Park, please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.
 



Last updated: March 7, 2017

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