Continental Crag Rock Climbing
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Eldorado Canyon State Park has closed the upper loop of the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail above the Crags Hotel Ruin and Continental Divide Overlook in order to protect golden eagles nesting on the south side of the canyon. The closure also includes the Continental Crag climbing area.
All activities, including rock climbing and hiking, are prohibited in these areas through July 15, 2020 or until further notice. This closure was authorized by Park Ranger D. Bergman.
Golden Eagles are protected by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service under authority of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. A conviction of nest disturbance can carry a fine up to $5,000 and one year imprisonment.
As of March 13, 2018:
Per Mike McHugh: until July 15th, Continental Crag is closed for eagles.
A pair of nesting golden eagles have been spotted by Christian Nunes, wildlife biology tech, OSMP. Thus, the Continental Crag and the upper loop of the Rattlesnake Gulch trail have been closed.
These are thought to be different birds than those who were nesting previously in the Diamond Head/SOBO Buttress area/ridge.
Please respect these closures.
Descent: To descend after climbing, S/SW (up the ridge and to the climber's right) to a fixed rap, or walk left down the ridge to below, in the notch between Upper Peanuts Wall and Continental Crag. This walk-off requires some easy scrambling, but like the crag in and of itself, is not a place for inexperienced climbers.
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