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

Quickly becoming Zions most visited free climbing area. The Park service is aware of this area and isn't very excited about it. Tread lightly and don't park like a jackass. Consider parking down low and carpooling instead of everyone taking their own rides.

This area receives stellar afternoon sun. Shade can be chased early in the morning. It hosts views looking down on the Parus trail and the old visitors center and the touristy town of Springdale.

This area holds some of Zion's first pure sport routes and accessible grades. With some hard crack climbing and mulitpitch thrown in you will find something for almost everyone.

Getting There

Park at last switchback before tunnel on Zion/Mount Carmel Highway. If its full you can park DOWN the road on the downhill side in a small pullout. The trail is just off the last switchback. It begins with a steep sand slog and works its way up to a traversing trail that runs back West. When you get the 'stone living room' you'll find the bolted arete Enter The Dragon. Keep traversing west on a pleasant trail to find Taking Back The Rainbow and Smashmouth and beyond.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Confluence

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Ghetto Booty
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
I'm No Sports Climber
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 36
Salty Dog Arete
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 11
The Greatest and Best Pitch In T…
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 27
Gunswinger
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 7
Take Back The Rainbow
Trad 8 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 16
Tribute
Sport 2 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 5
Better Safe than Sorry
Trad 4 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 8
The Larsen-Farr
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 6
The Farsen-Larr (extension to Th…
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 97
Smashmouth
Trad 4 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 62
Crimson King
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ghetto Booty
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
I'm No Sports Climber
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Salty Dog Arete
 36
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
The Greatest and Best Pitch…
 11
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Gunswinger
 27
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Take Back The Rainbow
 7
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 8 pitches
Tribute
 16
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Better Safe than Sorry
 5
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 4 pitches
The Larsen-Farr
 8
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
The Farsen-Larr (extension…
 6
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Smashmouth
 97
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 4 pitches
Crimson King
 62
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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If The Tribute goes up the left side of the arete above Salty Dog, does anyone know what the bolted route on the right side of the arete is? Nov 2, 2016