If you have visited Cottonwood Canyon State Park for a hike recently, you may have noticed some of the trail closures we have in place. There are currently two sections of trail closed to give our local golden eagle nests a wide berth during nesting season.
Golden Eagles generally lay their eggs around March and are incubated for 5 to 6 weeks before hatching. After hatching it can be another 10 weeks before the golden eagle chicks fledge (start flying).
We have agreed with the the BLM to close the Pinnacles trail at the 3 mile point, and the Hardstone trail at approximately the 2 mile point in attempts to keep the disturbance levels to a minimum for the known nests in the area. These closures will be in place seasonally February 1st until August 31. This is our way of giving any chicks the best chance of survival.
We want to remind everybody that Golden Eagles fall under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act which is a federal law that prohibits possession, sale, purchase, transport, export or import, of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest, or egg. This also includes to pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, molest or disturb any bald or golden eagle or nest. See this link for details
For some more reading on golden eagles, visit Oregonzoo.org
As always, for more information feel free to contact the park by phone at
541-394-0002 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org