BOULDER, Colo.—February 7, 2020—In order to protect nesting golden eagles, the Forest Service has implemented annual area closures in Boulder Canyon, including popular rock climbing spots at Eagle Rock, Blob Rock, Bitty Buttress, and Security Risk. These areas are located along Colorado Highway 119, approximately 1.5 miles east of Boulder Falls. The closures, which will be effective through July 31, 2020, prevent human disturbances in 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.
“By closing this area to visitor use, our area’s resident raptors are able to raise their young in a nesting site free from human activities or disturbances,” said Boulder District Ranger Angela Gee. “Once the birds pick a specific site, we are able to reopen other areas. We appreciate the cooperation of the climbing community in observing these temporary restrictions for the benefit of wildlife.”
The Boulder Ranger District works closely with partners in the Boulder climbing community, including the Access Fund, to monitor the progress of raptor nesting in the area and keep climbers informed about the importance of providing protected, undisturbed nesting sites for eagles.
Federal and state laws prohibit disturbing any nesting bird of prey. Visitors can help protect wildlife by respecting all closures. Signs are posted at key access points into the closed areas. Closure information is available online at local climbing websites and at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/eagles.