Voluntary Closure Every June and Seasonal Falcon Closures MORE INFO >>>
Seasonal Raptor Closure 2016:Effective March 15 Climbing routes on the west face of Devils Tower will be temporarily closed to protect nesting Peregrine and Prairie Falcons. The temporary closure will begin March 15 and affects approximately 49 routes. The closure is an annual occurrence at Devils Tower in order to provide these birds of prey with an undisturbed nesting location. Over one hundred climbing routes remain open.
“The closure is implemented not only to protect the birds, but also to protect climbers, as falcons are known to defensively dive in order to protect their nests,” said Tim Reid, Superintendent. “The presence of climbers near or above falcon nests can be distressing to parent birds and disturbance from climbing activities may force falcons to abandon eggs or chicks.” Climbers are asked to report any defensive falcon behavior to park staff. Park biologists will monitor falcon activity, and the closure area may be moved, extended or rescinded at an earlier date depending on nesting and fledging activity.
“The closure will be strictly enforced. All climbers are required to register at the Climbing Registration Office or kiosk before beginning their ascent,” said Drew Gilmour, Chief Ranger.
A complete and regularly updated list of closed routes can be found on the park’s web site.
To learn more about Devils Tower National Monument visit www.nps.gov/deto or www.facebook.com/Devils-Tower-National-Monument-Official-NPS-Site or twitter.com@DevilsTowerNM or Instagram at #devilstowernps Voluntary Closure Every June: Climbers are asked to respect the voluntary closure for the month of June to respect Devil's Tower's importance as a cultural resource.
To learn more about Devils Tower National Monument, contact 307-467-5283, visit us online at www.nps.gov/deto
This information is a public crowdsourcing effort between the Access Fund,
and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
This is probably the most popular route on the buttress. A GREAT test of skill. It amazes me that some have such an easy time with the moves... and other VERY GOOD CLIMBERS are stumped at the second bolt. ENJOY!