Rock climbers ascend Zion's sandstone cliffs

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 not many 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 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 second is Drilled Pocket Boulder, located 0.5 mile north of the south entrance. It 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.

Cliff Closures

California Condors
In 2019, Condor 409 and Condor 523 established a nest on the cliffs north of Angels Landing. The typical nesting season for condors is from March through November. Condor chick 1000 was confirmed in July. Angels Landing climbing closures have been extended in this area to help protect this chick. Climbing routes highlighted in the map below will be closed until further notice.
2019 Angels Landing Condor Closure Map (PDF 0.7MB)

Peregrine Falcons
All climbing routes on cliffs used by nesting peregrine falcons in Zion National Park will close on March 1 each year. Park wildlife biologists will monitor the nesting activity of peregrine falcons throughout the breeding season. Cliffs that have been closed but are not being used for nest sites this year, will be reopened when nest locations have been determined, typically by late April or early May. Those cliffs being used for nest sites this year will be monitored until the chicks fledge, usually in late July, and then will be reopened to climbing.

2019 Climbing Closure News Release

Closure Maps, Images, and Status
It may take a moment to download the PDF maps below.
Angels Landing (Closed March 1, 2019) Angels Landing cliff closure will remain in effect until further notice due to the California condor nest. See the section above for the current map of the closed routes.
Cable Mountain (Re-opened June 13, 2019))
The Great White Throne beyond single and double-pitched climbs
(Re-opened July 30, 2019)
Mount Isaac In the Court of the Patriarchs (Re-opened July 24, 2019)
The Sentinel (Re-opened May 15, 2019)
Mountain of the Sun (Re-opened May 9, 2019)
North Twin Brother (Re-opened May 9, 2019)
Tunnel Wall (Re-opened July 24, 2019)
East Temple (Re-opened May 15, 2019)
Mount Spry (Re-opened May 15, 2019)
The Streaked Wall (Re-opened May 15, 2019)
Mount Kinesava (Re-opened June 7, 2019)
Middle Fork of Taylor Creek (Re-opened June 24, 2019)

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Read about park specific Climbing Regulations and recommendations.
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Climbers may need to utilize the Wilderness Transportation options.

Last updated: September 29, 2019

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