St. George Rock Climbing

Page Type Page Type: Area/Range
Location Lat/Lon: 37.12139°N / 113.58722°W
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Toprope, Bouldering, Big Wall, Scrambling, Canyoneering
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 3000 ft / 914 m
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Zen Wall

St. George, Utah, has more sport climbing routes per capita than any city in the US. Located between the infamous trad climbing of Red Rocks, NV, big wall climbing of Zion National Park and crack climbing at Indian Creek, Moab, St. George makes a strong argument for an obvious visit on any climbing trip through southern Utah. At 100,000+ population and growing (Washington County), St. George (2nd largest city in Utah) can no longer claim to be a quaint town. However, it does not take long to reach the outskirts of town and find yourself in isolated and beautiful desert surroundings dodging a rattlesnake or desert tortoise here and there.

Wide Boy, 5.10a

St. George is over 2000kms from Canmore, Alberta, over 300 miles from Salt Lake City or Moab, 120 miles from Las Vegas and just 40 miles from Zion National Park.

This page is a collection of the sport and trad rock climbing crags located in and around St. George. Zion National Park obviously has its own page of much larger routes. Some of the areas listed are quite extensive, i.e. Snow Canyon (a 7000+ acre State Park) and Utah Hills. Others are single walls, i.e. Bluff Street Cracks and Prophesy Wall. Listing routes with no first hand experience available is not what this page is about. Rather the listing involves “first hand accounts only” of trad, sport and mixed routes, single and multi pitch, limestone and sandstone. The routes will be listed and maintained via their respective “areas” (i.e. Snow Canyon). The areas will be listed in descending order of West to East. I can assure you that this listing only scratches the surface of what is available in southwestern Utah. Zion National Park itself has endless objectives for climbers and canyoneers alike. I climb full time and have plenty more to experience.

St. George Crags

St. George Climbing

Woodbury Road Crags

Solstice Wall, 5.7-5.11d

Behind the Vinyl Curtain, 5.10a

Utah Hills

Soul Asylum

Watch Tower, 5.9-5.10d

Howling, 5.10a

Zen Wall, 5.10-5.13d

Enlightenment, 5.12c

Green Valley Gap, 5.6-5.12c

Luck of the Irish, 5.9+

Snow Canyon

Hackberry Wash, 5.4-5.11a

Island in the Sky

Indian Wall, 5.9-5.10c

Sand Dunes Area, 5.5-5.11b

Aftershock Wall, 5.10a-5.11b

Circus Wall, 5.6-5.10b

The Enclosure, 5.8-5.11a

Balkan Dome, 5.8-5.11d

West Canyon, 5.8-5.11b

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Prophecy Wall, 5.7-5.11b

Harbingers, 5.11b

Underworld, 5.10-5.12

Armed Robbery, 5.10c

Crawdad Canyon

Baby Rubicon, 5.7-5.11c

Sunrise Buttress, 5.8-11b

Integrity Wall, 5.10-5.12

Flytrap, 5.7-5.12c

Negative Ions, 5.9

Black Rocks, 5.7-5.13b

Welcome to Black Rocks, 5.10a

Cougar Cliffs, 5.9-5.13a

Petting the Pussycat, 5.10b

Turtle Wall, 5.8-5.13c

Director of Humor Affairs, 5.11a

Chuckawalla Wall, 5.9-5.13b

Chuckawalla Wall

Bluff Street Cracks, 5.9-5.10c

Red Warrior, 5.9+

Dutchman's Draw

Phalanx of Will, 5.10b-5.14a

Phalanx of Will

West Cedar Crags

Missy s Playhouse, 5.8

Cedar Canyon Crags

Graveside Matter, 5.6-5.12a

Adventure Climb, 5.10a

Parowan Gap

Shinobe, 5.8-5.12d

Roller Rink, 5.8-5.10d

Chains of Passion, 5.10b

Running Scared Crag

Suess Wall, 5.9-5.10b

High School Wall, 5.10a-5.11c

Lorax, 5.10a

Red Tape

With most of the climbing in and around St. George, you should avoid climbing for at least 24 hours after any rain. Jazzy Java offers a decent cup, good sack lunches and free internet.


There are three campgrounds within the city limits of St. George none of which I have experienced. Temple View RV Resort at 975 South Main Street; Settlers RV Park at 1333 East 100 South; St. George Campground at 2100 East Middleton Drive.

Of course my druthers would be to stay at the campground in Snow Canyon State Park. This has to be one of the finest State campgrounds anywhere with direct access to tons of climbing routes. The campground is open all year, no holiday closures. There is a limit on your stay of 5 days. They have 33 total units, 17 of which are reserved for the big boys (RV’s) with utility hookups. The tent sites were $14 in 2005. Drinking water is available on site along with vault toilets and even showers. The running/hiking/equestrian trail system is pretty cool and as long as you don’t run into the occasional Segway group, the whole park is usually very quiet, particularly during winter months.

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