Access Issue: Crawdad Canyon is private property. Details

Description

Crawdad Canyon is a great place to climb if you want to climb as many routes as you can in a day. The canyon runs East/West so there's always a route or two in the shade during the summer. There is an entry fee to enter the park. This is a resort area with a pool and a snack bar (with great hamburgers and drinks). It's a family place and the pool is generally packed with kids, but there are enough routes far enough away from noise to make this a non-issue (the pool can be much welcome after a long day of climbing). The only climbing allowed is sport (they make you sign a waiver that says you won't do any other type). The park is generally closed from Labor Day to the beginning of May. Local climb shops have access information during the winter. During the summer it's open every day. There a couple hundred routes here, enough to keep you busy for a while.

2017 Update from Julien Roy: The prices have recently changed (in May 2017). Apparently, the owner is now forced to get insurances for the climbing area and has therefore been forced to change the pricing.

New prices :
- Camping, 30$ per site
- Climbing + Access to the pool, 17$ per person

Getting There

To get there from St. George, take Bluff Street to Hwy. 18 (Bluff turns into 18 after Sunset Blvd./Skyline Dr. intersection). Hwy. 18 also gives access to Chuckawalla Wall, Black Rocks, and Prophesy Wall. About 20 miles outside St. George, before you cross a bridge at the bottom of a hill, a right hand turn leads to the park. It is well marked.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Crawdad Canyon / Veyo

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 29
Road to the Sun
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 25
Chef Sheri
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 28
Super Fly
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 24
Sunrise Buttress
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 9
Hard Cranking Dude
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 22
Fly Boys
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 48
Moucha
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
Lagoon
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 13
A Little Help from My Friends
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 8
The Deck Attraction
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 16
Monkey Business
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
Victim of Circumstance
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 13
Hopscotch
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 8
Burning Bridges
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 9
Manifest Destiny
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Road to the Sun Sunrise Buttress
 29
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Chef Sheri Flytrap
 25
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Super Fly Flytrap
 28
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Sunrise Buttress Sunrise Buttress
 24
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Hard Cranking Dude Rubicon
 9
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Fly Boys Flytrap
 22
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Moucha Flytrap
 48
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Lagoon Flytrap
 8
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
A Little Help from My Friends Picnic Wall
 13
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Deck Attraction Flytrap
 8
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Monkey Business Rubicon
 16
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Victim of Circumstance Rubicon
 5
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Hopscotch Flytrap
 13
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Burning Bridges Rubicon
 8
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Manifest Destiny Rubicon
 9
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Matt McMurray
Castle Rock, CO
Matt McMurray   Castle Rock, CO
Went to Crawdad last weekend (4/07)... prices went up to $10/climber/day! Ouch! It is worth it if the pool and burger stand are open, but they weren't. Perhaps someone should suggest a reduced entry fee when the facilities aren't up to par (ie- no TP in the bathrooms either). Apr 30, 2007
Gaar
Springdale / Zion UT / Moab
Gaar   Springdale / Zion UT / Moab
This whole location is an insult to the climbing community Dec 12, 2007
Carter Addy
Las Vegas
Carter Addy   Las Vegas
Not So! I don't see how any one could say the above statement. Aug 24th - I just got back. There were a bunch of latino families gathering in the barbque and the pool areas. Yet that night the place was empty. Just me and a German couple climbing. $2.50 if you are a member of SUCC. (I joined LV Mountaineeers Club and am a part of SUCC.) 10 dollars to camp. I was blown away by the place. You could take kids and they could swim or run around. Most every one kept to the pool area. Yet, all along that little river running through, were great bolted routes. EVERYWHERE. It is 109 in the desert 2 hours south. It was 75 the peaceful morning that I woke up and sat in the quiet drinking coffee before I went to climb a totally secluded bunch of walls. Great camping - drive right up to a little spot and camp - not many people around at all and you can walk 20 feet to climb! Jump in the pool later to cool off. There is no where like this! Red Rock is to hot, Charleston cooler but not much by way of instant sport climbs with food and pool and shade every where. This place is amazing! I can't wait to go back. After Sept 1 it closes but if you are a member of SUCC you can pick up a key and let your self in. Can't recommend it enough. It is a climbing resort not an insult to the climbing community.!! Aug 24, 2008
Johnny Ringo
Tuscon
Johnny Ringo   Tuscon
Nice place to climb, it has a very good variety. Too bad it's closed more than open and he charges enough to climb. What a joke. too bad Nov 11, 2008
Gaar
Springdale / Zion UT / Moab
Gaar   Springdale / Zion UT / Moab
My opinions are in regards to the grid bolting ethics, GLUED on holds, and the fact that you have to pay to climb. This area is a good idea, just the local ethics, and practices are making climbing a joke. Therefor I don't climb here. Do what you want, but I don't climb to be accepted by you or anyone else, I do it for myself. If you want short approaches to climbs that are overbolted, crowded, and listen to people who cant control their temper, go here; or a gym. Its the same feeling. Mar 29, 2009
Eric Godfrey
slc, ut
Eric Godfrey   slc, ut
If you are into sport routes and gyms this place is amazing! It's basically an outdoor gym a with cool creek to cool off in and lots of shade. I went yesterday (5/19/09) and it was $8 for non-SUCC members, not $10. May 20, 2009
Jon O'Brien
Nevada
Jon O'Brien   Nevada
I'm a legit trad climber, I fervently believe we should preserve climbs that the next generation can lead on gear by NOT bolting anything that can be protected otherwise. That being said, the veyo situation is unique: the insurance liability is profound for land owners and they have chosen to let us climb on their rocks as long as they are protected by bolts. (Trad climbing would alter their liability for the worse) This anomaly is a rare situation where bolting is the lesser of two evils (the other evil being barring climbing completely). They're a business, they need to sustain their livelihood. It's a great place. The climbing is downright awesome! Many of the lines WOULD make 3 star trad lines but, instead, they make 3 star sport climbs. I agree when you say leave any attitude at home, this is an outdoor gym more than a real area. If you keep an open mind, ignore lack of common etiquettes, and appreciate that the owners are trying to make a buck it is one of the most fun weekends I've had in a loooong time. Join S.U.C.C. if the prices aren't palatable. May 26, 2009
jeffozozo
santa clara, utah
jeffozozo   santa clara, utah
This place is super family friendly. We love to camp here. The kids like to catch crawdads from the creek. There are cool 5.10 routes right next to easy 5.6s and 7s so we get the younger ones climbing right next to the older kids. The weather is amazing, it is nice and shady and the people who are there have always been really cool. The belay areas are clean and open, with lots of room. There are literally hundreds of routes.

Places like this and the work of guys like Todd Goss make climbing a possibility for beginners and families who otherwise would not be able to handle the rigors and expense of serious climbing. Nov 20, 2009
coop Best
Glenwood Springs, CO
coop Best   Glenwood Springs, CO
Is it true per Todd Goss's guidebook that kids under the age of 10 are not allowed at the cliff? Apr 2, 2012
Nelson Day
Joshua Tree, CA
Nelson Day   Joshua Tree, CA
We had kids at the cliff. A 4 year old, a 10 year old, and a 12 year old. The 10 and 4 year old didn't want to climb, but the 12 year old did. We just had to sign a guardian waiver for him.

Prices were as follows last weekend:
Camping - $5/person (doesn't include swimming)
Climbing - $8/person
Swimming (for kids 12 and under) - $4/person

Camping area was nice with fire rings and a good gravel base to set tents up on, shade trees, and camp tables. The tables were falling apart, so bring some camp chairs. They work well for cooking on though. You can swim in the creek for free. The concession stand was open but we didn't eat there. The park opens at 9 AM and closes at 8 PM for climbing. Pool is open from 12-8, I believe. They take credit cards. There is a volleyball court there as well; bring your own ball. Also, there is a zip line you can get on for $30/day. Didn't look impressive from where we were standing. Jul 8, 2013
David Lyons
Forest Falls, CA
David Lyons   Forest Falls, CA
I wish someone would post info about prices and current conditions! Jul 8, 2013
Ken H
Granite, UT
Ken H   Granite, UT
Went here on Friday May 1, 2015. It was $9/day each to climb and $6/day each to camp. Pool was going to open on May 2. Place got really crowded with campers as we were leaving Friday evening; I would not have wanted to be camped there. It was sunny and crazy hot in the 80's so the stream and shade options were nice. It was fun to check out but place was a little strange for sure and doubt I'll be back anytime soon at $18/day for my wife and I. May 4, 2015
We (group of 2) went here 5/3/15-5/4-15. When we got there, a family was swimming in the pool, but they left shortly thereafter. Other than that, there were two other climbers/campers and no other people besides those who worked there. I can see this place getting busy during the summer on the weekends though. May 5, 2015
Dreez  
So this is the story. We showed up April 2nd, no one around. We asked at Desert Rat. You have to call and sync with the owner Morris. He was setting up for the season and is in/out. So April 4th we called 435-574-2300, Morris answered and met us at the front. Super nice older guy. He is the owner and leases the wall to the Utah Climber club. He showed us how to drive through the side entrance. We had the whole place to ourselves, perfect day. $9.

4/6/2017: called and he said it was closed until May. Bummer because spring break this week in April. I called mobile phone this time 650-465-4459.

And to the whining puritan Climbing Justice Warriors. Put up or shut up. Buy your own private property with your own money and try to do better. Stop criticizing private land owners trying to help out climbing community. Apr 4, 2016
PHank
Chicago, IL
PHank   Chicago, IL
To add to what Dreez said, even though the Crawdad Canyon website says that climbing opens April 1 and the pool opens May 1, if it's before Memorial Day it's probably best to call the number on the website before making the drive to Crawdad Canyon. If no one answers, call Desert Rat in St. George because if the owner of Crawdad Canyon, Morris, isn't around, you have to sign waivers/pay/pick up a key from Desert Rat.

Besides the snafu of us having to turn around and drive to St. George and back for the key, the canyon was awesome and we were one of six people there on Monday 5/2/16. Also, it was $9/person. May 4, 2016
Legs Magillicutty   Durango
The place is an oasis in the desert during the summer months. Morris was very kind to us. There was plenty of camping, lots of climbing and the spring fed pool at the end of the day was great. Good luck finding another plentiful place to climb in the summer in the Utah desert with the heat and your rigid ethics (barf).

People wanna bitch about ethics on someones private property. Get bent. Seriously!!!! Jul 1, 2016
Under new ownership!! Went to veyo pools today it now cost 17 dollars per person to climb, you have to get a swim pass to climb. Climbing was fun and shaded but 17 bucks seems kinda steep. Jul 8, 2017
Gordon Larsen
St. George, UT
Gordon Larsen   St. George, UT
They have a 30 visit punch pass available for purchase at $180.00 This makes each visit $6 to access the canyon, climb and swim. For locals that is a more economical deal. A one time visit to climb is $17 which includes swimming. They have made several improvements to the property and facilities. I am not sure yet what they plan to do this winter during the off season. Aug 17, 2017
kenr  
Closed to all climbing at Crawdad Canyon.
What I heard when I asked yesterday morning at Desert Rat.
Local cllimbers working with new owner to help him find a viable way to re-open. Nov 9, 2017
Randomly came across these articles and thought they offer a fun explanation of the geology you're driving by on the way to Veyo: Mass Gravity Slides: geology.utah.gov/map-pub/su… Inverted topography: geology.utah.gov/map-pub/su… Jan 7, 2018