After closing them for six months during golden eagle nesting season, the U.S. Forest Service has announced that it has reopened the Blob Rock and Bitty Buttress climbing areas in western Boulder County.

The two areas, about 1.5 miles east of Boulder Falls along Boulder Canyon Drive, have been closed since Feb. 1 to protect any of the large raptors that chose to nest there.

The Forest Service intends to enforce the same closure annually to allow predatory birds to nest there and choose nest sites without being disturbed, according to a new release issued Tuesday.

Federal and state law prohibit disturbing nesting raptors, such as golden eagles.

For more information about closures on Forest Service land, visit at or call the Boulder Ranger District at 303-541-2500.