Zion National Park to close climbing routes due to falcon nesting


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Zion National Park will close climbing routes that are used by nesting peregrine falcons beginning this weekend.

Matt Gade, Deseret News

ZION NATIONAL PARK — The park will close climbing routes that are used by nesting peregrine falcons beginning this weekend.

The routes will temporarily close March 1 to protect the nesting success of this bird, which is in recovery from endangered species status. The closure date is based on analysis of information collected from 2001-2013 regarding the peregrines’ arrival time to their nesting cliffs in the park.

The cliffs that will close are Angels Landing, Cable Mountain, The Great White Throne (beyond single- and double-pitched climbs), 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, and the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek. All other cliffs will remain open to climbing.

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