This isn’t the Wild West. When climbers fail to respect rules, regulations, and closures, it reflects negatively on all climbers and jeopardizes access.

Climbing access is closely tied to positive relationships with land managers. All climbing areas in the US are on either public or private land, and land managers must balance recreation access and environmental interests. The rules and regulations that land managers set forth are their means of achieving this balance. If climbers don't respect those rules, access can be revoked in order to protect the environment or other users' experience.

Essential Skills

  • Respect seasonal raptor closures.
  • Follow all camping and fire regulations.
  • Be aware of park hours and be in/out accordingly.
  • Stay clear of area closures for sensitive plants and wildlife.
  • Follow the rules about bringing your dog to the crag. Are they allowed? Do they need to be leashed?
  • Respect cultural resource closures that protect pictographs, sacred sites, and other artifacts.
  • Know before you go: You can find rules and regulations for the area by visiting Mountain Project, looking at the local guidebook, connecting with your local climbing organization, looking on the land manager's website, stopping at the visitor center, and reviewing trailhead signs.

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Encountering a Raptor Closure

Ever wonder what you should do if you encounter a raptor closure? Respect the closure and climb somewhere else.

Anatomy of a Responsible Climber

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Making the Transition from Gym to Crag

When transitioning from climbing indoors to outdoors, be prepared to venture outside by gaining awareness and skills to minimize your impact.