Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Zion
Big walls that you can achieve in one or even two days
Variety of climbing styles from sport to trad to bouldering
An otherworldly series of huecos that just beg to be climbed
If you are an avid rock climber or a family looking for an adventure, Zion is the place for you. This world-renowned jungle playground offers various cliffs and boulders for every skill level. With every style of climbing available, including bouldering, single-pitch and multi-pitch climbing, Zion can please any visiting climber. Your local experienced guide will customize the day according to your wishes and pace, making it the perfect day outdoors. While you are not climbing, make sure to explore the wildlife and natural wonders of the Zion National Park. Once you do, you will see why many climbers keep coming back to this fascinating location! Find out more about one of the greatest places for rock climbing in Utah from Cody Bradford, an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and 57hours Ambassador.
Year-round, but spring and fall are best
Springdale is 30 min away; Las Vegas is 3 hours away
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Half-Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
This 4-5 hours long outing is perfect for families or couples looking to explore Zion’s area and experience the excitement of rock climbing. Customize your trip with your professional and friendly guide, find the perfect spot and put your climbing skills to a test.
A Customized Day of Climbing with a Private Guide
Enjoy a day of customized guided rock climbing in a spectacular environment. Zion offers virtually every type of climbing to suit every skill level. Learn how to use your body movement and master the basic climbing techniques or, if you are an advanced climber, conquer another big wall.
Private Intro to Rock Climbing
This introductory course will help you understand the basic movements and techniques of rock climbing. Enjoy a day on the rocks surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Zion as your guide lets you in on some tips and tricks for climbing. After learning the basics, try out your newly acquired skills on some more complicated routes and see what makes rock climbing so exciting!
Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Day
Tackle new heights and find out why Zion was long referred to as a sacred place where gods lived. If you have some experience climbing and want to step up your game, get ready for some light hiking to the crag and crush some rocks! Enjoy the multi-pitch climbs and explore new terrains. If you’re an experienced multi-pitch climber, then only the sky’s the limit!
Meet your guides
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My family, husband and two daughters 8 and 10, scheduled a rock climbing tour but when we learned it would rain all day, our guide Zack recommended we try rappelling. Zack was super flexible and really paid attention to our abilities, expectations and hopes. Instead of rain we got incredible snow! If you didn’t think Zion could be more beautiful, check out those colors bursting from clean white snow. Breathtaking. Zack is super knowledgeable. We felt totally comfortable with him. You can tell he knows those canyons inside and out. It was really one of the most memorable experiences our family has ever had and I can tell it will take some time for the adrenaline rush to fade.
We did a fantastic canyoneering trip with Adam and Alec. We had ages 8-47 and the made it awesome For everyone. We had so much fun and Adam was so funny, friendly and made our day even more epic. It was good enough we called two days later and booked a repelling trip and of course we requested Adam. He took our family of 6 down some spectacular drops and made another day that will not be forgotten.
Easily ranks up there with Yosemite, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, and other National Parks. Spectacular!
We decided part of the Zion experience was learning to rappel and what better place! We spoke to Zion Rock & Mountain Guides and really loved the Lambs Knoll rappelling idea. Others we spoke to sounded far more advanced than what we were looking for. We knew we would get “educated” before heading out. We spoke to Curtis, then Larry and our guide for the day was Stuart (I believe he was the head or lead guide) It was simply amazing from start to finish! Stu took the time to go over everything with us at the shop and when out in the canyons, he was very solicitous, kind, patient, spiritual, motivating and sassy! 🙂 We did all 3 rappels without injuring ourselves or falling to our death! And we loved it in spite of the fear! Bragging rights to us as well as Stu for making this happen! Kudos!
Things to know
Covid measures in Zion National Park
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 Zion, please refer to the Zion National Park webpage.
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!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- All technical climbing gear
- Transportation to the climbing area from the meeting point
What’s not included:
- Snacks and meals
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 if I’ve never climbed before?
Zion 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, Zion 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 about required equipment?
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.)
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, 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.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For half-day and full-day adventures, the max client to guide ratio is 6:1 and cost is per person.
- For multi-pitch and intro to rock climbing adventures, the max client to guide ratio is 2:1 and cost is per person.
- 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 bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Anyone younger than 18 can go climbing on a case-by-case basis. Parts of Zion are suitable for all ages and skill levels.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Zion National Park, most people fly into McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. From Las Vegas, which is only three hours away, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to Zion National Park. The closest commercial flight airport is St. George Regional Airport, only an hour drive away from the Park. From there, you also can take a shuttle to Zion National Park.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet — usually all trips and courses meet at the guide’s store in the heart of Springdale, unless otherwise specified. From there, you’ll head to the crag and begin your day of climbing!