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Climbing Areas

Woodbury Road Crags

Located within the Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area (BDWNCA) this climbing area is accessible via the Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Road Scenic Backway. Exposed limestone outcroppings and metamorphosed sandstone characterize the area geologically and provide a unique climbing experience. Located in low elevations (3,500-3,800 ft.), most crags in this area can be climbed year-round, but will be most comfortable in spring and fall.
Area-Specific Considerations:
  • Motorized travel is restricted to designated roads and designated road areas within the BDWNCA, as shown on this map.
  • Do not start warming fires at the base of a climb.
  • This is a historic mining area. Never enter abandoned mine shafts or adits. Stay out and stay alive!
  • Stay on established trails and do not create new user trails.
  • Rules for Climbing in Restricted Areas and general Climbing Ethics apply here.

Welcome Springs

With its lush riparian ecosystem and dramatic topography of limestone cliffs and caves, this scenic area offers world-class climbing opportunities year-round. 
Area-Specific Considerations:
  • Motorized travel is restricted to designated roads and designated road areas within the BDWNCA, as shown on this map.
  • Respect sensitive habitat along the riparian corridor and please practice low-impact camping methods during your visit.
  • Rules for Climbing in Restricted Areas  and general Climbing Ethics apply here. 

Utah Hills

The area known as “Utah Hills” offers a variety of challenging climbs on exposed limestone in the Beaver Dam Mountains west of St. George. Crags located north of Old Highway 91 are predominantly on BLM land, while crags south of the highway are predominantly on State-owned and private land.
Area-Specific Considerations:
  • This is a historic mining area. Never enter abandoned mine shafts or adits. Stay out and stay alive!
  • Stay on established trails and durable surfaces like sand and rock; do not create new trails. Please take a look at our general Climbing Ethics page.

St. George Area

The land surrounding St. George offers a multitude of easily-accessible climbing areas, each with their own scenic character, level of difficulty and rock type.  
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Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

The areas within the BLM-managed portion of the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area offer exceptional climbing opportunities on the striking red sandstone for which this area was named.

Area-Specific Considerations:
  • Remember: Off-trail travel and motorized travel are prohibited within the Lowland Zone of the RCNCA to protect the threatened Mojave Desert tortoise.
  • Rules for Climbing in Restricted Areas and general Climbing Ethics apply to these areas.

Snow Canyon State Park

This scenic park is best known for its numerous multi-pitch trad climbs on soaring Navajo sandstone walls. Take a look at Snow Canyon State Park's website for more information on climbing access, seasonal closures and other regulations.

Near Zion

The areas surrounding Zion National Park are characterized by a similar topography and geology, offering scenic climbing opportunities on exposed sandstone. Lofty peaks like Eagle Crags, Smithsonian Butte and Red Butte rise from plateaus in wilderness, while erosion-sculpted slot canyons like those found near Lamb's Knoll and Water Canyon offer unique challenges for the adventurous climber. Please keep in mind that most of these areas are within or near to designated wilderness where proper backcountry etiquette applies.

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Kelly's Rock in the Woodbury Road Crags area

Sunset Alley in the Utah Hills Area

Prophecy Wall in the St George Area

 Chuckwalla Wall in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Lambs Knoll Wall near Zion National Park