White River National Forest has temporarily closed a popular climbing site in Lime Creek Canyon to protect nesting peregrine falcons in the area.
Peregrine falcons prefer to nest on cliffs away from human disturbance, and the pair of falcons in the southern Lime Creek Canyon area constructed their nest before summer recreation began.
Peregrine falcons can be so disturbed by the presence of humans that adult falcons can become restless. Excitement can cause displacement and sometimes provide no food or shelter for their young.
The cliffs and surrounding area of an area known to rock climbers as ‘Jellystone Park’ will be closed until July 31, including the ‘Endless Wall’ and ‘Magic Forest’ climbing routes.
Climbing routes in the northern section of the gorge that do not affect the hawks remain open.
The full closure arrangement and maps are available at FS.USDA.gov.