On April 17, 2013, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Idaho announced that all rock climbing activity will be banned on its 400-acre portion of the Castle Rocks Interagency Recreation Area
...I don't think its that confusing...
Jugwall, Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Teasor Tower, the Kingdom, Tidal Wave Wall, Blarney Stone, Pole Cat, RC Rock, Smoking Room, Gobstopper, Wall o' Plenty, Celtic Cross, Stone Circle, Outpost Spire, the Courtyard, Mango Tower and cuts through the Foil Chimney (east side is BLM).
Fair number of routes effected by this ban. Fun location, just on the uphill side of the Comp Wall, extending across and behind the hillside above. Its only 400 acres, but, a bunch of rock formations would be effected.
Kind of a bummer, as, its a less crowded area anyhow.
United States Senate Mike Crapo
United States Senate Jim Risch
US House of Representatives Mike Simpson
BLM Recreation & Visitor Services Andy Tenney
As a rock climber and frequent user of Castle Rocks, I am writing to express my disappointment with the Bureau of Land Managementís April 17th decision to prohibit all climbing as well as camping on the roughly 400 acres of land it manages in the Castle Rocks area.
I really believe BLM action in closing this area is an over-reaction to a few Native-Americans pressuring them to protect cultural sites that are very obscure. I've walked the whole area repeatedly, and have only noticed a few minor pictographs near Castle Rock on State Park land.
Please help convince the BLM to reconsider its decision to ignore the proven Castle Rocks Interagency Climbing Management Plan and ban climbing completely!