Zion National Park's 2,000-foot sandstone cliffs are world renowned for their big wall climbs. Due to their difficulty, most routes in the park are not recommended for inexperienced climbers. There are few top roping and sport climbing areas.
The best conditions for climbing are from March through May and September through early November. Temperatures in the summer can soar over 100 degrees or more on unshaded walls. Sandstone is weak when wet. Avoid climbing in damp areas or after rain. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in July and August.
There are two accessible bouldering areas in the main canyon. One is 40 yards west of the south entrance. This is a house sized boulder that poses a variety of options and problems. The other site is .5 mile north of the south entrance. Drilled Pocket Boulder is located on the west side of the road and is a slab with an obvious south facing crack.
Permits are not required for day climbs but are required for all overnight bivouacs.
Below are the routes (including maps) that are closed beginning on March 1, 2013.
Angels Landing (Opened on July 3, 2013)
Cable Mountain (Opened on April 18, 2013)
The Great White Throne (Opened on April 18, 2013)
Mt. Isaac (in Court of the Patriarchs, opened April 22, 2013)
The Sentinel (Opened April 22,2013)
Mountain of the Sun (Opened April 22, 2013)
North Twin Brother (Opened April 22, 2013)
Tunnel Wall (Opened April 23, 2013)
The East Temple (Opened July 2, 2013)
Mount Spry (Opened April 23, 2013)
The Streaked Wall (Opened April 23, 2013)
Mount Kinesava (Opened on July 3, 2013)
Middle Fork of Taylor Creek (Opened July 9, 2013)
2013 Climbing Closure News Release