Washington County, Utah, is one of the finest year-round rock climbing areas in the world. It is truly a four-season sport here in sunny southwest Utah. The local rock comes in a variety of choices: sandstone, limestone, and basalt can all be found on public lands in the St. George Field Office.
If you have never climbed in Washington County and are unfamiliar with the area, a comprehensive climbing guide is available. The guidebook provides route locations, route descriptions (with photos), and driving directions/access for both traditional and sport routes. This guidebook also contains information on land ownership, rules and regulations for each location, and ethical practices.
- Rock Climbs of Southwest Utah and the Arizona Strip by Todd Goss
The BLM currently has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Access Fund
to develop and expand a framework for cooperation at the national, state and local levels on mutually beneficial programs, projects, training, climbing and other recreational activities on BLM managed lands. Such programs, projects and activities will complement existing BLM recreation management and will further BLM's recreation and stewardship goals.
Climbing in Southwest Utah is a privilege and ethical standards are high in the local climbing community. For more information on what is being done to ensure the preservation of local climbing opportunities visit the Southern Utah Climbers Coalition.