Attention, climbers: Starting March 1, several popular rock climbing routes in Zion National Park will temporarily close to protect peregrine falcon nesting sites, the park service said in a press release. The routes include Angels Landing, Cable Mountain, and more. See the press release for exact routes and more details.
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Peregrine falcons were listed as endangered in 1970. They only departed that list in 1999, which isn’t that long ago. In order to ensure the success of hatchlings, their airy aeries need to be as undisturbed as possible. Zion used data gathered from 2001-2010 to choose the closure date. Cliffs selected by peregrines as nesting sites in the past will reopen in mid May. Cliffs used by the peregrines this year should reopen in late July.
For the latest information and maps of climbing areas affected, check the park’s climbing page to keep up.