A pair of nesting golden eagles apparently likes the view overlooking Monument Canyon in Colorado National Monument. Unfortunately, that has forced monument officials to place some climbing and off-trail hiking restrictions in place through September 1.
In order to protect the nesting eagles, a closure has been placed on an approximately quarter-mile stretch along the monument's Lower Monument Canyon Trail.
This closure, which is signed, may be extended or rescinded at an earlier date if deemed to be appropriate. The cooperation of climbing organizations and individuals is essential to the successful nesting and breeding of raptors in the monument.
Entering closed areas in Colorado National Monument is a violation of 36 CFR 1.5. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment. You can see photos of the eagles, and of some historic climbing shots, at this site.