Zion National Park closes 13 climbing routes to protect nesting falcons


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Super Fluke · · Earth · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 186

Just a heads up to anyone climbing in Zion between March and July 2017.
NPS works to protect the wildlife, and every year it closes different areas to protect nesting of Peregrine Falcons, among others. Once birds leave the nest, they reopen the area. Some areas may reopen sooner once biologists determine actual nesting locations.

Affected areas
Angels Landing
Cable Mountain
The Great White Throne (beyond single and double-pitched climbs)
Mt. Isaac (in Court of the Patriarchs)
The Sentinel
Mountain of the Sun
North Twin Brother
Tunnel Wall
The East Temple
Mount Spry
The Streaked Wall
Mount Kinesava
Middle Fork of Taylor Creek

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Rob Warden...Space Lizard · · Between Zion, Vegas, LA, an... · Joined Dec 2011 · Points: 115

Happens every year, make sure you check with the Rangers about if your route is in the closure or not. It may or may not be.

For example on the tunnel wall, historically. Ashtar command is okay, the routes between it and the headache are not. The actually cragmont area is sometimes included and somtimes not.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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