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Parts of RMNP will remain closed to protect nesting golden eagles

ByRandall B. Phelps

Aug 3, 2022

Seasonal raptor closures protect some of the highest quality cliff nesting habitat in the western United States

ESTES PARK, Colo. — Portions of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) that have been closed to protect nesting raptors will remain closed for a while longer.

Park officials said Monday that closures have been extended through Monday, Aug. 15 at Sundance Buttress, Thunder Buttress and Needle Summit in the Lumpy Ridge area due to golden eagle nesting activity.

Closures began this year on February 15, and some areas of the national park reopened in mid-June.

Park officials said the closures help ensure birds of prey can nest undisturbed.

Closures include all climbing routes, outcrops, cliffs, faces, uphill and downhill routes, and climber access trails to the named rock formations. The park’s website at nps.gov/romo/raptor-closures has updated raptor closure maps and information.

If nest sites are located or territorial behaviors such as dive bombing/aggressive vocalizations or birds fleeing nest sites due to human disturbance are observed, RMNP asks visitors to report the location to ROMO_Information@ nps.gov.

The same cliffs that are essential for raptors also attract climbers. RMNP officials said the cooperation of climbing organizations and individuals continues to be critical to the success of raptor nesting in the park.

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