Moro Rock climbing closures for the 2019 nesting season are currently in effect. Closures usually begin in early April and last until mid-August, depending on nesting activity. These closures protect peregrine falcons as they nest and raise their young.
By order of the Superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) and Section (a)(1), the following areas are closed to rock-climbing activities beginning April 01, 2019, and remaining in effect until August 15, 2019, or until further notice:
All climbing routes between (and including) “The Couch Trip” and “Full Metal Jacket.”
Peregrine falcons nested on Moro Rock historically, but then disappeared when they neared extinction due to DDT. When use of DDT stopped in this country, populations of these falcons and other birds began to rebound. Peregrines can once again be seen in these parks. Falcons can be very sensitive to human activity in their nest area and may abandon it if disturbed. Nest sites are monitored to gather current information on use and to ensure prompt re-opening of these areas. Closures are subject to change based on current nesting status.
By respecting closures, you play an active role in the conservation of these amazing birds. We appreciate your support.
Last updated: April 9, 2019