Raptor Closures

Red-tailed Hawk Perched on Pine Tree
Red-tailed Hawk is perched on the top of a pine tree.

NPS Photo/Schonlau

Each year Rocky Mountain National Park initiates temporary closures in certain areas of the park to ensure birds of prey (raptors) will be undisturbed during their breeding and nesting seasons.

The following areas are closed for raptors through August 15, 2022:

  • Thunder Buttress

  • The Parish

  • Sundance Buttress

  • The Needle Summit and access trails

Areas not listed are presumed to be open.

  • Closures include all climbing, approach, and descent routes for the indicated formation on all sides of those formations.

  • Closure notices will also be posted at key access points in the park.


As breeding and nesting data are collected, additional closures may be lifted or extended.


When necessary, park rangers will issue citations to persons violating the terms of this closure under the authority of 36 CFR 1.5(f).

 
Raptor Closure - Thunder Buttress and The Parish rock formations
Highlighted Raptor Closure Area for Thunder Buttress and The Parish

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Thunder Buttress and the Parish

Thunder Buttress and the Parish (areas shaded in Red) are closed to climbing and general access. This includes all climbing, approach, and descent routes for the indicated formations on all sides.

The Pear will remain open. Closures will be lifted or extended as necessary.

 
Raptor Closure for Sundance Buttress and The Needles
Highlighted closure area showing the Raptor Closure for Sundance Buttress and The Needles

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Sundance Buttress and The Needles

Sundance Buttress, The Needles and all areas shaded in Red are closed to hiking, climbing, and general access. This includes all off trail and social trail access to formation summits and all climbing, approach and descent routes for each formation. The closure includes all sides/aspects of these formations.

Closures will be lifted or extended as necessary.

Last updated: August 1, 2022

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