cultural impact


Climbers are often attracted to the same geologic formations that Native Americans identify as traditional cultural and religious places. Cultural resources include, but are not limited to, Native American sacred sites, archaeological sites, petroglyphs and pictographs, ancient and historic trails, historic mining areas, cabins, springs, and landscapes that may include a mountain or a river. Foot traffic, climber trails, ground compaction, chalk residue, and other effects associated with climbing activities may affect cultural resources just as they do natural resources. Climbing activity often interfaces with cultural resources and may result in the development of climbing management plans on federal lands.

For more details on the cultural impacts of climbing and associated climbing management guidelines, please download:

Climbing Management: A Guide to Climbing Issues and the Development of a Climbing Management Plan