The raptors are coming: Rocky Mountain National Park closes some areas for the bird’s nesting season

The raptors are coming: Rocky Mountain National Park closes some areas for the bird’s nesting season

It’s that time of the year again: the start of raptor nesting season.

And that means some areas will be closed to humans at Rocky Mountain National Park.

The temporary closures in the Lumpy Ridge area will begin March 1 and are expected to continue through July 31 as needed, according to a news release from Rocky Mountain National Park.

Park officials put these temporary closures in place for the birds of prey during their nesting and breeding seasons.

“The National Park Service is committed to preserving birds of prey. The same cliffs that are critical for raptors also appeal to climbers,” said spokeswoman Kyle Patterson in the news release. “The cooperation of climbing organizations and individuals continues to be essential to the successful nesting of raptors in the park.”

The closures may be changed as wildlife managers collect data on the birds’ breeding and nesting seasons, according to park officials.

The closures include Checkerboard Rock, Lightning Rock, Batman Rock, Batman Pinnacle, Sundance, Thunder Buttress, The Parish and Twin Owls, Rock One, and their rock formations and surrounding areas, climbing routes, outcroppings, cliffs, faces, ascent and descent routes, and climber access trails.

For updates on the closures, visit ps.gov.

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