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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

Description [Suggest Change]

The Sanctuary is a very remote technical peak in a rarely visited area of Zion. The climbing is on soft white rock slabs with poor gear at times.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

The Sanctuary is located in the Phantom Valley off of the West Rim Trail in the Zion deep back country. This peak is about 12 miles in from Lava Point. The approach is largely off trail with possible technical sections.

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