Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures
Subject to Seasonal Closures
The following crags are typically closed 1 February to 31 July:
Tower of the Moon
Devil's Wing (W. Face)
Lost & Found
Toddler Rock Sphinx
In addition, Mallory Cave, Harmon Cave, and Seal View Cave are permanently closed to human use to reduce the chance of introducing white-nose syndrome.
This section of the Flatirons holds some of the best climbing in the Flatirons, but it seems to be less crowded. For the purposes of this organization, this section extends from Bear Canyon to Eldorado Canyon. Great rocks such as the Maiden, Matron, Devil's Thumb, Nebel Horn, Seal Rock, and the Goose offer lower end difficulty climbs for beginner trad leaders and also more challenging trad lines. Excellent sport routes also can be found, some several pitches in length. The longest line in the area can be found here. There is plenty to explore here.
The approaches vary depending on where you're headed. For rocks like the Matron, take the South Mesa Trail head from the open space park on the way to Eldorado Canyon SP off CO Hwy 170. Otherwise, N. Shanahan trail from Table Mesa or Fern Canyon via the Mesa Trail from NCAR. See specific routes for exact directions.
Various of the Flatirons are closed for falcon nesting from Feb 1 up to July 31 and for bat nesting Apr 1 to Aug 31. Historically, some of these in this area have included The Matron, Towers of the Moon, Jam Crack Spire, Devil's Thumb, Nebel Horn, Jaws, The Fin, Fern Canyon, The Goose, The Goose Eggs, and possibly others.
From The Slab, 4/11/02.
Fern Canyon being saved by fire retardant.
The South and Central Flatirons can be a beautiful and lonely place...This image taken after a brief rain, just below the Sphinx.
Bear Mountain and Devil's Thumb.
Sumac season in the fall ...
Delphinium nuttallianum on Shadow Canyon trail.
BH on FA of The Kid, Kid Boulders, South Mesa Trailhead Area.
Jamcrack Spire, Maiden, Fatiron, Devils Thumb, Flying Flatiron
From left to right... The Tower of The Moon (small, shaded), the Jamcrack Spire, the Maiden, the Fatiron, The Devil's Thumb, the Flying Flatiron, and the Devil's Wings as viewed from the South-East…
Sunset over Bear Peak.
The Goose and Seal Rock after a wet spring.
The hike into the Southern Flatirons has beautiful Sumac in September and October! Photo by T. Bubb, 09/06.