You won’t be able to climb Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte for the next few months. Prescott National Forest officials have put restrictions in place on climbing and other activities on the cliff faces of both Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte. Both sites are consistently occupied by peregrine falcons annually for the past 20 years or more. The falcons are managed under the protection of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This allows Land Managers the opportunity to provide peregrines with the quality nesting habitat they need to raise their young successfully. The closures are in effect as of today and last until July 15th. Maps of the affected areas are posted throughout the Thumb Butte and Granite Basin Recreation Areas.
A 67-year-old man has died following a crash near the town of Seligman. Just before 5 on Sunday night, Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the man on Route 66. Dispatchers were notified of the single vehicle collision by BNSF Railroad employees who saw the crash scene from a passing train. The 2011 Jeep was located in an embankment that isn’t visible from the roadway. Initial indications are that the Jeep was traveling on Route 66, likely at an unsafe speed and left the roadway. It tumbled through boulders before coming to rest and sustaining heavy damage. The timeframe for the crash hasn’t been determined and Sheriff’s deputies are still in the process of locating and notifying the driver’s family.