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Zion National Park Climbing

Basics
Location
Southeast Utah
Season:
Early spring - late fall
Rock Type:
Sandstone
Hazards:
Heat
Routes:
Lifetime

Description

Zion National Park is all about red rock and intense, startling rock formations that have become the very image of what people think of when they think "Utah outdoors.” Sandstone is the primary rock here.

Over a hundred routes can be climbed within the national park, many considered "classic.” The scenery doubtless helps, but this is an excellent place for crack-climbing and especially for wall climbing, oh, really nice, long wall routes. The difficulty of the routes varies widely and for every long and/or tricky route, there'll be something short and safe.

Rock Climbing

Thousands of routes, and many of them you won't find in a guidebook....

Castle Valley is the home of the desert tower climb, or we should say climbs....

These are extremely high, extremely difficult climbs....

Kane Springs Canyon's routes are recent ones, largely established within the last couple of decades....

Wall Street has many, many routes and may not be large enough to accommodate them....

Soft stone sandstone piled up in towers and buttresses and mostly with very easy approaches, Arches is a desert climber paradise....

After you take the Zion Canyon scenic road, you'll come upon some crags (and some bathrooms)....

This bizarre and striking rock formation is very popular with climbers and that most famous Gendarme route, the Touchstone Wall, often takes a good day (or a little longer)....

Both trad and sport routes here, but the sport routes are the better, or, at least, the trickier....

Details

Location
Southeast Utah
Rock Type:
Sandstone
Hazards:
Heat
Routes:
Lifetime
Season:
Early spring - late fall

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
If you're coming from the north, take exit 27 (Toquerville) from I-15 onto Highway 17, which will join Highway 9. Follow the signs to Zion National Park.
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