Monday, July 6, 2009

Eldorado Canyon State Park Lifts Wildlife Climbing Closure

ELDORADO, Colo. – Eldorado Canyon State Park Wednesday lifted a seasonal wildlife closure on Redgarden Wall from the Naked Edge, pitch three to the top, through Sidetrack earlier than planned because there has been no evidence of prairie falcon nesting activity for several weeks.

The routes that are now open include: the last three pitches of the Naked Edge, the Diving Board, Centaur, the last three pitches of Redgarden, Red Ant, Semi-Wild, the last three pitches of Anthill Direct and the Sidetrack.

Eldorado Canyon State Park closes climbing routes to protect the nesting and roosting sites of the area’s prairie falcons. The park staff and the volunteers who monitor raptors thank the rock climbing community for cooperating with the closure.

Throughout 2009, Colorado State Parks is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities.

Attracting more than 11 million visitors per year, Colorado's 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado's economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 242,531 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,000 campsites, and 57 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.colorado.gov/parks

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