Seasonal Climbing Closures

 

Climbing routes on cliffs used by nesting peregrine falcons temporarily close from March 1 to mid- to late-summer every year. The falcons are especially sensitive to being disturbed while they nest. If disturbed, the nesting pair may abandon their nest site and not nest again until the following year. The closure date is based on National Park Service (NPS) monitoring of peregrines’ arrival to nesting sites on cliffs in the park.

Raptor Closures

Click the link to download the 2024 Climbing Guide to Seasonal Raptor Closures. 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 nesting season.

All climbing areas listed below are closed effective March 1, 2024

  • Angels Landing Climbing Routes - Peregrine Falcon Closure Only - Hiking route remains open.
  • East Temple.
  • Mount Spry.
  • The Streaked Wall.
  • The Sentinel.
  • Mountain of the Sun.
  • North Twin Brother.
  • Cable Mountain.
  • The Great White Throne.
  • Isaac (in Court of the Patriarchs).
  • Tunnel Wall.
  • Mount Kinesava.
 
People stand near a spotting scope in Zion National Park.
Volunteers train to monitor peregrine falcons in Zion National Park.

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Peregrine Falcons

Climbing routes on cliffs used by nesting peregrine falcons in Zion National Park close on March 1. 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 nestlings leave the nest, usually in July or August, 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!

 
Person in a climbing harness works with a rope standing on a cliff in Zion National Park
Seasonal Raptor Closure Climbing Guide

Click to download the current edition of the Seasonal Raptor Closure Guide.

 
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Climbing

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Climbing Bivy Permits
Climbing Bivy Permits

Bivy permits are required for all overnight climbs in Zion National Park. Permits are not required for day climbs.

Climbing Regulations
Climbing Regulations

Regulations around climbing in Zion, including guiding, bolting, establishment of new routes, and bivying.

Last updated: March 1, 2024

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Mailing Address:

Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.

Springdale, UT 84767

Phone:

435-772-3256
If you have questions, please email zion_park_information@nps.gov. Listen to recorded information by calling anytime 24 hours a day. Rangers answer phone calls from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. MT, but a ranger may not answer if they are already speaking with someone else.

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