Year-round, but the best seasons are spring and fall (September is prime)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Beginner to advanced
If you’re looking for sport climbing in Utah, Maple Canyon is where it’s at
Challenge yourself by climbing Utah’s conglomerate rock in Maple Canyon! You’ll practice orienting your body to the shape of the holds and tackling new terrain near gorgeous Salt Lake City. Tucked on the east side of the Wasatch Range, the steep conglomerate of Maple Canyon features a range of grades for climbers looking for a warm-up or a slot canyon experience. You might feel like you’re in an outdoor gym, complete with epic views and expert guides to show you the best this area has to offer.
Most Popular Itineraries
A Customized Day of Climbing with a Private Guide
Join Maple Canyon climbing guides for a personalized day on the rocks. Climbing on conglomerate rock is unique, and whether you’re looking to transition from the gym to outdoor climbing or want to hit up one of the classic sport routes in the area, a local guide will show you the best spots. Warm up in Zen Garden or get challenged in Box Canyon — your day of climbing is tailored to your ability level, desired difficulty and style of climb.
Half-Day of Climbing with a Private Guide
This half-day option is a great way for beginners to see what climbing is all about, or a quick way to climb some routes when you don’t have the time for a full day. Practice basic skills in a controlled setting or try out some of the famous shorter routes in the Canyon! Pick any of the 700 bolted routes on conglomerate rock that are waiting to be climbed, and make the most of your time with a guide — only the sky is your limit!
Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Day
Maple isn’t just all about single-pitch sport climbing, there’s also some incredibly fun multi-pitch with bolted anchors and rappels to experience. If it’s amazing exposure you’re looking for, there’s Tachycardia on Heart Rock. There’s also Changing the Stripes Buttress just up the canyon. Make the most of your time in Maple Canyon and let a guide plan the perfect day so you can focus on climbing.
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Things you need to know
Covid measures in Salt Lake City
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Salt Lake City, please refer to the Salt Lake City county website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
Why should I go rock climbing?
Rock climbing is more than just a sport; it’s problem solving on-the-go. It’s a balance of intuition and fluidity of movement. The fun comes from the possibilities — each route with a variety of options and only a fraction of them leading to success. When you finally master a climb, after hours of practice, it transcends mere sport and is akin to art.
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- 8 hours of rock climbing
- All technical climbing gear
Technical gear list
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Rock shoes* (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 35L bag)
- Water bottle or hydration pack
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
Maple Canyon has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Maple Canyon has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
What does a typical day look like?
Your climbing itinerary will be fully customized to match your skill level and objectives. You and your guide will discuss route selection, skills development, and whatever else you’d like to focus on. From there, your guide will plan the perfect day tailored just for you.
Depending on your objectives, full days may start earlier and end later, but in general, your day will look like this:
- 7:30 am: Meet your guide at the guide’s recommended location
- 9:30 am: Gear up and carpool to the cliffs
- 10:00 am: Start climbing your objective for the day
- 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
- 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Build upon techniques developed in the morning session and explore additional terrain as time allows
- 5:00 pm: Call it a day and head home
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
What is the minimum age requirement?
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Teens aged 14-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
- Kids 8 years old or older can go climbing on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What about group sizes and pricing?
Group sizes are usually between 1–3 people with one guide, but you can also go with a larger group of up to 6 people per guide.
Costs per person will decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
What about bad weather?
As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your instructor will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing for a more favorable day.
If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Flexible Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to fourteen (14) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations seven (7) to thirteen (13) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a credit with that Guide for another identical or substantially similar Booking, or a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. For cancellations one to six calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. For cancellations anytime less than 25 hours in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
Getting there and meeting location
Salt Lake City, Utah, is home to the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Maple Canyon is located in the Manti-La Sal National Forest around two hours south of Salt Lake City.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet in Maple Canyon — either at the climbing area’s parking lots or nearby markets/coffee shops. From there, you’ll head to the crag and begin your day of climbing!