Best Climbing in Utah

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Utah, Washington County

03 :27 hrs
7.7 mi
691.6875 ft

Located in the Kolob Terrace area of Zions National Park, this popular and classic route offers an adventurous day through beautiful and amazing scenery. Begin at the Wildcat Canyon trailhead and arrange a pickup or shuttle vehicle at the Left Fork Trailhead. It offers 4 rappels, several short swims and some narrow slots. The canyon is unique and something you will never forget. Bring full technical gear and plan on a long full day. A permit is required and should be obtained a few months in advance. Group size is limited to 12.


Utah, Washington County

00 :31 hrs
1.3 mi
245.80151 ft

Pine Creek Canyon is a classic route in Zion National Park. Permits sell out on busy summer weekends so prepare in advance. It offers a short technical section that is fun and picture worthy. With little light, the conditions change throughout the day and mid day trips are best. Water levels can vary depending on weather and the time of year so check conditions ahead of time. Wetsuits are needed even during hot weather when water is present. There are 5 rappels with the longest being 100 ft. Bring full technical gear. Leave a vehicle at the exit or arrange for a ride in advance.


Utah, Emery County

05 :04 hrs
10 mi
269.38257 ft

This loop route begins in Baptist Draw and is wide-open. It slowly narrows requiring a few rappels before intersecting with Upper Chute Canyon. Upper Chute Canyon is twisty and deep with walls the tower several feet above. There is a possibility of a wade or two depending on time of year and recent weather.


Utah, Salt Lake County

00 :07 hrs
0.2 mi
8.496826 ft

Path from the Storm Mountain Picnic/Campgrounds entrance to the Reservoir Ridge (East Side) wall. Reservoir Ridge is a popular Rock Climbing wall with Routes including the following: War Clamor (5.5 Sport) Crack Face (5.7+, Trad w/ one bolt) Error of Our Ways (5.6 Sport) Unknown Trad Lines (5.4 Trad) Iraq in the Back Attack (5.6 Sport) I Ran to Afghanistan (5.7 Sport)


Utah, Kane County

00 :56 hrs
0.8 mi
73.099976 ft

Peek-A-Boo Gulch offers a taste of canyoneering down a short slot canyon. It is in a spectacular setting and offers amazing colors and a double natural bridge. Easy and perfect for families, but requires some scrambling and navigating narrow twists and turns, which the will kids love. Visitors often combine this route with the neighbor Spooky Gulch and Brimstone Gulch, which also offer non-technical slot canyon experiences.


Utah, Kane County

03 :37 hrs
3.6 mi
92.177246 ft

One of the best non-technical slots in the Grand Staircase-Escalante area, Brimstone Gulch is a maze of narrow slots. No technical gear is required but there is scrambling and navigating narrow twists. Bring little gear and if possible do not take packs once you reach the slot. Wear long sleeves, pants and bring gloves. Temps will get cooler as you get deeper into the slot. Many people combine this route with the neighbor canyon Spooky and Peek-A-Boo.


Utah, Wayne County

02 :06 hrs
2.7 mi
183.594 ft

Fantastic canyon. Starts with a 150' rappel off the arch. Then follows with 7 more rappels ranging from 120' to 20'.


Utah, Kane County

09 :00 hrs
20.8 mi
203.59668 ft

This is a spectacular but long outing through the longest slot canyon on earth. Although it is possible to do this as a day hike it is more commonly experienced as an overnighter making it necessary to obtain a permit from the BLM; day use and dog fees also apply. Although long rappels are not present in the canyon a forty-foot handline should be carried. Be prepared for some long ankle to knee deep wading and the occasional swim through cold water; bring dry-bags. Egress from the canyon is achieved by walking up Paria Canyon to the White House Trailhead were you should have a shuttle vehicle waiting. Check and heed weather reports, as being caught in a flood here would be fatal. All waste must be carried out.


Utah, Salt Lake County

04 :24 hrs
4.1 mi
790.8242 ft

This is an exciting scramble up a knife edge ridge. Great exposure with straight forward route finding. It sees a lot of traffic as a training/fitness route for bigger peaks. Climb the south ridge to summit. Descend via the east ridge over to Cardiff peak and down the pole line pass trail. You will hit the highway about a half mile up canyon from where you parked. No pro or ropes are needed. Nothing over a 5.2 move on the route. And that is only in one or two spots.


Utah, Emery County

00 :03 hrs
0.1 mi
7.6672363 ft

Hike down the hill till your under it! Two boulders, v1-v12

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