Seasonal restrictions in Boulder Canyon protect nesting birds of prey

Published on 01/31/18 9:49 AM

BOULDER, Colo. (Jan. 30, 2018) – To protect nesting golden eagles, the U.S. Forest Service will implement annual restrictions in Boulder Canyon beginning Feb. 1, 2018. The restricted areas include popular rock climbing spots at Eagle Rock, Blob Rock, Bitty Buttress and Security Risk in Boulder Canyon.

These areas are located along Colorado Highway 119, approximately 1.5 miles east of Boulder Falls. Effective through July 31, 2018, the closures protect a long-established golden eagle nesting territory. Happy Hour, Bihedral and Riviera will remain open as long as visitors stay out of the closed areas.

“These restrictions allow the birds to choose a nest site without human disturbance,” said Boulder District Ranger Angela Gee. “The chosen site remains closed to the public until the eagles fledge in late July, but we typically reopen other parts of the area earlier.”

The Boulder Ranger District partners with the Boulder Climbing Community and the Access Fund to monitor nesting progress and to inform climbers about the importance of giving the eagles space to raise their young.

Federal and state laws prohibit disturbing any nesting bird of prey. Visitors can help protect wildlife by respecting all closures. Signs will be posted at key access points into the closed areas. Information about the eagle nesting restrictions will be available online at local climbing websites and at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/eagles.

Photo caption: Boulder Canyon’s golden eagle pair successfully fledged one chick in 2017 thanks to support from the local climbing community. Photo Credit: U.S. Forest Service volunteer David Vaughan.