Climbing Closures

Some areas of the park are permanently closed to rock climbing and bouldering due to their proximity to sensitive resources or private property. Other areas may be closed temporarily to protect sensitive wildlife.


Permanent Climbing and Bouldering Closures

Rock Climbing Routes

  • Energy Crisis, Police and Thieves, and Unsolved Mystery on the east side of Little Hunk formation
  • The Schwarzenegger Wall, at the north end of Rockwork Rock formation
  • Zombie Woof Rock formation
  • The Maverick Boulder formation

Bouldering Problems

  • Pictograph Boulder, at the base of Queen Mountain
  • Shindig, on Indian Cave Boulder
  • Lonely Stones Area #3
  • The Shipwreck formation
  • The entire Indian Wave Boulders circut, except for Native Arete
  • Wormholes, in The Underground
  • Lucky Boy Boulders, all problems

Private Property

  • The private property across from the Hemingway parking area
  • Keys Ranch: Visitors to the ranch must be accompanied by a park ranger; scheduled tours are available.

Seasonal Wildlife Closures

Our seasonal climbing closures usually runs from late February through June to protect and respect nesting raptors. The nesting areas may change year to year. The areas currently closed are:
  • The Whispering Wall - all routes
  • Intersection Rock - Zigzag (aka Phil's Folly), Gizgaz, 5.10b var chimney
  • Patagonia Pile - East and West Face, Wall of Biblical Fallacies, The Head, and Labor Dome.
  • Iron Door Cave
  • Voices
  • Tidal Wave
  • Tilt-O-Meter
  • Dino’s Egg
  • Chuckawalla Boulders.

Last updated: July 1, 2020

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