Big Bend National Park announces temporary closures for Peregrine Falcons

BIG BEND -- Big Bend National Park has announced some temporary closures to start in February for Peregrine Falcons.

According to a release, some parts of the Chisos Mountains will be closed starting February 1 to protect nesting falcons.

While the Peregrine falcon is no longer on the federal endangered species list there are less than a dozen known nesting pairs in the state, keeping the falcon on Texas' endangered species list the National Park Service states.

The following areas will be closed from February 1 through May 31:

-The Southeast Rim Trail and a portion of the Northeast Rim Trail from the Boot Canyon/Southeast Rim junction to a point just north of Campsite NE-4.

-All Southeast Rim campsites as well as Northeast (NE) campsites 4 and 5 are closed during this period.

Technical rock climbing on rock faces within a quarter mile of known peregrine eyries will not be allowed between February 1 and July 15.