Climbing and Canyoneering
Washington County, Utah, is internationally-recognized as an outstanding rock climbing destination. In sunny southwest Utah, climbing is a popular four-season sport. The area offers an eclectic mixture of traditional and sport climbing on a variety of rock types including sandstone, limestone and basalt. Much of the area’s exceptional climbing can be found on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), St. George Field Office.
The St. George Field Office wishes to remind visiting climbers that climbing in Southwest Utah is a privilege, and ethical standards are high in the local climbing community. Respect private property rights and always ask the landowner’s permission before entering, crossing or camping on their land. For more information on climbing ethics, please check out our Cliff Notes for Responsible Climbing. For more information on what is being done to ensure the preservation of local climbing opportunities, contact the Southern Utah Climbers Association.
The best seasons for climbing here are spring and fall –March through May and September through early November. Some areas in lower elevations may be comfortable for winter recreation. Climbing in the summer can be extremely hot, especially on walls with no shade.
Local rock types, especially sandstone, become weaker when wet. Thin, flaky holds should not be trusted. Do not climb in damp areas less than 24 hours after rain. Remember, afternoon thunderstorms are common July through September. Check the weather forecast and be prepared for changing conditions in the area. For more information on planning a trip, please prepare carefully and know “The Ropes” Before You Go!
REMEMBER: Rock climbing is inherently dangerous. Poor judgment and bad decisions may cause accidents and fatalities. Always remember that your safety is YOUR responsibility— know your abilities, and know your equipment and how to use it.