ACCESS ALERT: ECHO CANYON Climbing Areas (including the Dry Wall) are CLOSED until April 8th, 2017. The entire property is annually closed January 1st to the second Saturday in April. Please respect this closure so that climbers don’t loose access the rest of the year.
The main reason for the seasonal closure on the Henefer-Echo WMA is to protect wintering big game wildlife populations (primarily deer and elk) from disturbances during the winter months. This is DNR land that is managed for fish and wildlife. When the animals are disturbed during the closure time, it can cause the animals to use up more of their fat reserves and, depending upon the winter, it can contribute to them not surviving.
The cliffs along the frontage roads along I-80 and I-84, are sometimes used by nesting golden eagles, peregrine falcons and other raptors which could be disturbed by climbers in the vicinity as well.