Seasonal Climbing Closures

CLICK HERE to download the new 2021 Climbing Guide to Seasonal Raptor Closures with all closure boundaries

Raptor Closures

Click the link above to download the most recent edition of the Seasonal Raptor Guide. This guide is used in conjunction with the status updates below to provide climbers with an increased understanding of what cliffs are closed to climbing during the peregrine falcon and condor nesting season.

Closed Areas - See guide for boundaries

  • Angels LandingCondor Closure in effect as of March 1, 2021

Open Areas

  • Cable Mountain - Re-opened as of August 4, 2021
  • Great White Throne - Re-opened as of August 4, 2021
  • Issac (in the Court of the Patriarchs) - Re-opened as of August 4, 2021
  • The Sentinel - Re-opened as of June 24, 2021
  • Mountain of the Sun - Re-opened as of May 17, 2021
  • North Twin Brother - Re-opened as of May 17, 2021
  • Tunnel Wall - Re-opened as of August 4, 2021
  • East Temple - Re-opened as of June 24, 2021
  • Mount Spry - Re-opened as of June 24, 2021
  • The Streaked Wall - Re-opened as of June 24, 2021
  • Mount Kinesava - Re-opened as of August 4, 2021
 
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Peregrine Falcons
Climbing routes on cliffs used by nesting peregrine falcons in Zion National Park will close on March 1 each year. Park wildlife biologists will monitor the nesting activity of peregrine falcons throughout the breeding season. Cliffs that have been closed but are not being used for nest sites this year, will be reopened when nest locations have been determined, typically by late April or early May. Those cliffs being used for nest sites this year will be monitored until the chicks fledge, usually in late July, and then will be reopened to climbing.

California Condors
California condors, a federally endangered species, are another bird that calls Zion’s cliffs home. In the history of the park, only two chicks have successfully survived long enough to fly from the nest, and both were near Minotaur Tower within the Angels Landing closure. We close cliffs for condor nesting because climbing near a nest can cause parents to abandon an egg or habitualize newly fledged chicks to human activity. We apologize for any inconvenience. By respecting condor closures, you are helping conserve a species whose population in Utah and Arizona number fewer than 100 individuals. This also makes Zion one of the few places on earth where you can be climbing and see North America’s largest bird soar overhead, or even beneath you if you are lucky!

Last updated: November 20, 2021

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Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9

Springdale , UT 84767

Phone:

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