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Capitol Reef National Park

Utah

Description

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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Capitol Reef from above Fruita
[Hide Photo] Capitol Reef from above Fruita
Capitol Reef N.P.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
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Capitol Reef National Park.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] Capitol Reef National Park. Photo by Blitzo.
Morman Dwelling-Capitol Reef National Park.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] Morman Dwelling-Capitol Reef National Park. Photo by Blitzo.
Navajo domes atop Wingate cliffs.
[Hide Photo] Navajo domes atop Wingate cliffs.
Capital Reef N.P.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
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George Bell
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Anybody climbed in Cathedral Valley? Looks spectacular but the rock maybe not so good. But better than the Fisher Towers?

terragalleria.com/parks/np-… May 26, 2013
Jared Spaulding
Central WY
[Hide Comment] George

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 mountainproject.com/v/the-m… Jun 5, 2013
[Hide Comment] Climbing policy as of 2014:
nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/… Nov 18, 2017