Boulder canyon climbing area reopens after golden eagle nest failed

BOULDER, Colo. (June 1, 2018) – The U.S. Forest Service has reopened the Eagle Rock climbing area after confirming that this year’s golden eagle nest was not successful. While an egg was laid in the nest, it was abandoned for unknown reasons. This is the first time in many years that the pair have been unsuccessful in their nesting attempts.

“Though we do not know the exact cause of the nest failure, preventing human disturbance during all stages of nesting is crucial,” said Boulder District Ranger Angela Gee.

The Forest Service temporarily closes the climbing area near Boulder Falls every year in February, allowing the golden eagles to select a nesting site. Some areas reopen later in the spring, while the selected nest site remains closed until the end of July when the chicks typically fledge.

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.

Closure information can be found online at local climbing websites and at