Spring has Sprung in JTree!
This is the time of year when birds of prey in the Park build their nests and get very VERY sensitive about close by activity.
Please observe all posted closures, and know before you go. CLICK HERE to see the recent JTNP announcements, and also look for posted signage near crags before planning to climb. Areas to avoid at this time are Morongo Man area, as well as crags/routes in the Patagonia Pile and Wall of Biblical Fallacies areas.
THANK YOU for helping the climbing community be a great stewardship partner to the birds, and to the Park.
Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Mark Butler signed a Temporary Emergency Closure to protect nearby nesting raptors. The climbing routes affected by this closure include: Slatanic Area, Rattlesnake Buttress, Margaret Thatcher Spire, The Stepping Stones, The Bulkhead, The Dunce Cap and Commissioner’s Buttress. These are all located in the Indian Cove area of the park. Day hiking in Rattlesnake Canyon is not restricted at this time.
The nesting pair appears to have finished constructing a nest, and this area will remain closed until the nest has been abandoned to ensure the protection of the species for the duration of the nesting activities. The park does not anticipate the closure will last beyond June 15, 2014.