- Mandatory Machete Climbing Closure
(posted: Feb 03, 2018)
The southern portion of the Machete Ridge rock formation and access trails are closed to all climbing and off-trail hiking.
2011 Climbing Advisories Starting January 18th
posted: January 13, 2011
Annual measures to protect nesting raptors of Pinnacles National Monument will be reinstated as of January 18, 2011, according to Park Superintendent Karen Beppler-Dorn. Last year 7 pairs of prairie falcons produced a total of 27 fledglings. Additionally, the monument had successful nesting by Peregrine Falcons, American Kestrels, Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, and Sharp-shinned Hawks. Park researchers will continue to monitor raptors to better understand these interesting and beautiful birds. "We ask you to refrain from any off-trail hiking and climbing in sensitive areas which include the High Peaks, the Balconies Cliffs area, Machete Ridge, Citadel, Goat Rock, Little Pinnacles, Pipsqueak Pinnacles, Egg Rock/Teapot Dome, and the Scout Peak area," said Beppler-Dorn. "Without your cooperation in avoiding the advisory areas, this program could not be the success that it is," Beppler-Dorn continued.
The specific locations of these sensitive areas can be found on information boards at trailheads, at the visitor centers, on the Park Web site, on the Friends of Pinnacles Closure Listings or by calling (831)-389-4486.
For more information regarding the monument's raptor monitoring program, please call the office of Research and Resource Management at 831-389-4486 extension 270.