Part of the beauty of Smith Rock State Park is its raptor presence.


Every year we watch and wait to see what is happening with the raptor breeding areas and post updates here and on Facebook for both climbing route and camping area closures, as well as activity restrictions along the Canyon Trail for hiking. See below for those currently affected.

For those of you coming here from out of the area, please note closures only affect a small number of all the routes in the park, and hiking trails remain open, with some advisories.

NORMALLY the closure is February 1-July 31 for golden eagles in the Monument Area. The West Side Crags birds of prey nesting areas usually reopen by the end of June. See below for the latest updates.


EAGLES
 

BALD EAGLES CAMPING CLOSURES:  Lifted July 12, 2018

Bald Eagle Courtesy signs along the Canyon Trail have been lifted as of July 7, 2018.

 Bald eagle gathering nesting materials. Photo courtesy of Jack Wills.

Bald eagle gathering nesting materials. Photo courtesy of Jack Wills.


GOLDEN EAGLES CLIMBING ROUTE CLOSURES:  LIFTED JULY 7, 2018
 

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FALCONS
 

PRAIRIE FALCON CLIMBING CLOSURE:   Lifted July 13, 2018

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PEREGRINE FALCON Areas:  CLIMBING OPEN as of MAY 8, 2018

 

UPDATED JUNE 28, 2018
The female Peregrine Falcon found a new mate, but not in time for this nesting season. She and her new buddy are hanging out together at Picnic Lunch Wall.


UPDATED MAY 8, 2018

An injured male Peregrine Falcon was found at Ranch of the Canyons and is currently being rehabilitated at a local raptor rehab facility. It appears the falcon got in a fight with another raptor. Park management has determined with certainty that the injured falcon is the male from the Smith Rock pair. The female is not able to incubate and raise the chicks on her own so the nest has been abandoned. The Peregrine climbing closure has been lifted.