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Cliff-Nesting Raptor Closures Feb. 1 - July 31

Photo of Peregrine Falcon

Thanks to OSMP visitors and volunteers for supporting these closures and the cliff-nesting raptor program!

View the April 2015 Raptor Sites Update pdf.

The following areas (listed north to south) were reopened to visitors on May 15 as monitoring indicated raptors were not nesting at these sites.*

  • The Box/Backporch
  • The Wings
  • Shadow Canyon (not including the Matron)

The following areas (listed north to south) were reopened to visitors on June 19.*

  • Mount Sanitas Summit
  • Skunk Canyon
  • Bear Creek Spire
  • The Sphinx

The following areas (listed north to south) remain closed. Sites are closed Feb. 1 to July 31 to protect cliff nesting raptors. Staff will continue to monitor sites and closures will be lifted if monitoring indicates they have finished nesting.

  • Lefthand Canyon Palisades, at the intersection of Lefthand Canyon Drive and Olde Stage Road (Buckingham Picnic area remains open)
  • Flagstaff Mountain, the north side of Flagstaff Mountain will be closed (the Boy Scout Trail will remain open)
  • Third Flatiron, including the Queen Anne’s Head, W.C Fields Pinnacle, 1911 Gully and the Ghetto, the East Bench & West Bench, the East & West Ironing Boards, The Fin, Green Thumb and Jaws
  • Fern Canyon, north of the Fern Canyon Trail, including the Nebel Horn Ridge, East Ridge, the Goose and the Goose Eggs (the designated Fern Canyon hiking trail will remain open)
  • The Matron (the Maiden will remain open and accessible from the east; Shadow Canyon Trail will remain open)
  • The entire Mickey Mouse wall, including South Tower, North Tower, Central Tower, Ship's Prow, Wall of Shiva's Dance, The Gargoyle, the East Face and Cryptic Crags

*Some boundary signs that show closures in place are left up year-round.

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