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Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures ***** RAIN AND WET ROCK ***** The sandstone in Zion is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN ZION during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby. Seasonal Raptor Closures Details


Mt. Moroni is a broad wall that is situated on the right side of the mouth of the Court of the Patriarchs. It is in front of Isaac.

Moroni is home to numerous lines, including many obscure or second-tier Zion classics.

Getting There (Left Side)

Climbs on the left side of the face are best approached from the Court of the Patriarchs viewpoint/bus stop. You can cross the river at a small footbridge near Park Service buildings and stables. A sandy trail takes you into the Court of the Patriarchs.

To access Moroni, take the rightmost trail—the Sand Bench Trail that runs above the Virgin River from the Court to Zion Lodge (it is popular with horse pack trains).

Find an appropriate spot or gully to approach the cliff as the few climber trails in this area are subtle and hard to find.

Getting There (Center and Right Side)

When climbing routes on the center or right side of Moroni it is best to approach from the Zion Lodge.

Again, start on the Sand Bench trail that starts on the left, shortly after the footbridge across the river. After a short hike (5-10 minutes) there is a hard-to-find climbers' trail that takes you to routes such as Plan B, Smoot-Ellison, etc.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mt. Moroni

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b C2+
Crack in the Cosmic Egg
Trad, Aid 10 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Voice from the Dust
Trad 8 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Plan B
Trad 8 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crack in the Cosmic Egg
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b C2+ Trad, Aid 10 pitches
Voice from the Dust
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 8 pitches
Plan B
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad 8 pitches
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Brandon Gottung
currently Las Cruces, NM
Brandon Gottung   currently Las Cruces, NM
Approach: There is a sandy trail that goes from the footbridge accessed via Court of the Patriarches to the Emerald Pools trail. This trail parallels Mt Moroni. I think there are some golden tablets somewhere around here. Anyway, there is a large cliff obstruction between the trail and the climbs, when hiking this trail, there is a very obvious break in the cliffs with a ill-defined climbers trail. This break is north of Plan B. This is by far the best option to approach Plan B and climbs to either side of it. Nov 26, 2014