Seasonal Climbing Closures

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Seasonal Raptor Closure Climbing Guide

Click the image above to download the most recent edition of the Seasonal Raptor Closure Guide.

 

Climbing routes on cliffs used by nesting peregrine falcons in Zion National Park will be temporarily closed beginning March 1, 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 from 2001 to 2021.

Raptor Closures

Click the link to download the 2022 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 duuring the peregrine falcon and condor nesting season.

Closed Areas - Effective Starting March 1, 2022. See Guide for Boundaries.

  • There are no seasonal raptor closures currently in effect.

Open Areas

Areas previously closed to climbing are listed here
  • Angels Landing - Open as of 8/1/22
  • Cable Mountain - Open as of 8/1/22
  • The Great White Throne - Open as of 8/1/22
  • Isaac (in Court of the Patriarchs) - Open as of 8/1/22
  • The Sentinel - Open as of 8/1/22
  • Mountain of the Sun - Open as of 5/25/22
  • North Twin Brother - Open as of 5/25/22
  • Tunnel Wall - Open as of 8/1/22
  • The East Temple - Open as of 8/1/22
  • Mount Spry - Open as of 8/1/22
  • The Streaked Wall - Open as of 8/1/22
  • Mount Kinesava - Open as of 8/1/22
 
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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 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!

Last updated: August 1, 2022

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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 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. MT, but a ranger may not answer if they are already speaking with someone else.

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