ACTION ALERT: Your Input Needed on Recreation Management Plan for Vulture Peak in Arizona

Date: 6/22/2011

Your input needed on Recreation Management Plan for Vulture Peak in Arizona

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department and the Bureau of Land Management are working together to develop a Recreation Management Plan for the Vulture Mountains. The proposed park includes Vulture Peak, a large rock formation near Wickenberg that has some historical climbing routes, dating back to 1967, with Bill Sewrey and Larry Treiber’s ascent up the middle of the East Face. Vulture Peak has several long multi-pitch and aid routes, climbing types that are in short supply in Central Arizona.

The Parks and Recreation Department is requesting input from the public on the Management Plan. Currently, there are four proposed levels of development. None of these options, however, include rock climbing as an approved activity in the park. Maricopa County is getting close to finalizing the park plan: four stakeholder meetings and three public meetings have already been held to collect feedback, and the final public meeting to review the proposed options will take place Tuesday, June 28, in Wickenburg, Maricopa County, Arizona. We need your help to urge the County and BLM to allow climbing access to Vulture Peak.

For those unable to attend the local meetings, there is an online survey where potential park users can voice their opinions on the direction development should take, as well as what recreational activities should be allowed.

Vulture Peak is a raptor nesting site, which may present a potential roadblock to approval of climbing in the park. A possible solution is to restrict climbing during prime nesting months. Let the Parks and Recreation Department know that you would fully respect and abide by any seasonal closures. Demonstrating good stewardship increases the likelihood of incorporating climbing into the Management Plan.

Act now by taking the online survey, and voice your desire to allow climbing access to Vulture Peak!