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.
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)
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.