Rock Climbing

Looking into a crevice at Wolf Rock.
A view into a crevice at Wolf Rock.  Climbing helmets are required.

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A rock climbing permit may only be issued for Wolf Rock. All other areas within the park are closed to rock climbing and rappelling. Reservation for rock climbing may be made at

Climbing helmets are required. Climbing is permitted only during daylight hours. Limit of 25 people total (families, individuals) or 1 organized group not to exceed 25 members.

Permits are not issued on weekends in October due to high visitation parkwide, and are not issued during snow/ice conditions or when conditions appear to be unsafe for climbing. The National Park Service will be held harmless from any claim or liability resulting from the permitted use of the area. Climbers may be required to reimburse the United States Government for search, rescue and recovery in the case of an accident or other emergency.

Last updated: March 9, 2016

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