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Capitol Reef National Park

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Capitol Reef National Park Rock Climbing 

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Capitol Reef National Park has a fair selection of good Wingate crack routes. The only detractions are sometimes long approaches, and an NPS moratorium on any new anchor bolting. There is also a moseratelt good bouldering area about fifteen minutes to the west of the park outside Bicknell.

Getting There 

Get to Capitol Reef either by way of highway 24 (from I-70 to Hanksville, and then west to the park), or by highway 50 (east off of I-15 from Scipio to Salina, and then southeast on highway 24 through Loa, Bicknell, and Torrey to the park).

Most (if not all) of the actual climbing areas are along the scenic drive, a paved road that goes along the backside of the reef south from the park visitor center.

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42 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Capitol Reef National Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Capitol Reef National Park:
Left and Right Practice Cracks   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Terrible Twos Wall
Classic Handcrack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Capitol Gorge
False Premonitions    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 90'   Capitol Gorge
BFF   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Grand Wash Area
Phi Slamma Jamma   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Basketball Wall/Slickrock D...
Capitol Roof   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Miscellaneous Routes Scatte...
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Rock Climbing Photo: The "jump-start"

Hawking Radiation 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  UT : Capitol Reef National Park : The Observatory
Optional 20' handcrack roof sit-start from back of the 'black hole' is sweet fun (and harder). Otherwise, pull up into perfect hands corner at the lip, follow to 6' chickenwing OW, then hands again with a bit of cupping just before nice top-out stance....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Rock Climbing Photo: Capitol Reef N.P. Photo by Blitzo.
Capitol Reef N.P. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Capitol Reef National Park. Photo by Blitzo.
Capitol Reef National Park. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Morman Dwelling-Capitol Reef National Park. Photo ...
Morman Dwelling-Capitol Reef National Park. Photo ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Navajo domes atop Wingate cliffs.
Navajo domes atop Wingate cliffs.
Rock Climbing Photo: Capital Reef N.P. Photo by Blitzo.
Capital Reef N.P. Photo by Blitzo.

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By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
May 26, 2013
Anybody climbed in Cathedral Valley? Looks spectacular but the rock maybe not so good. But better than the Fisher Towers?
By Jared Spaulding
From: Central WY
Jun 5, 2013

Cathedral Valley is indeed spectacular. Unfortunately it is off limits to climbing. From the close non-climbing inspection I have done of it is indeed similar to the Fisher Towers. Folks may have climbed on it prior to its closure (I am unsure of when it was officially closed). There are very similar towers further east (and out of the Park) along the northern edge of the Moroni Slopes and near Salt Wash

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