The Zoo at the Far Side Rock Climbing
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DescriptionWelcome to The Zoo
This is the first wall at the Far Side when approaching from the parking lot and can be seen from the lot.
Warning: This is a NEWER area, so BEWARE of loose rock!
When in doubt, wear a HELMET!
Some climbs have high first bolts. When in doubt, use a stickclip!
All climbs are on the west side of the the canyon. That means, a.m. sun with p.m. shade (1:30). Shelf easy and moderate climbing is found here.
Winter: good but could become cold after around noon or so.
Spring: great in the morning, great in the afternoon with rising temps
Summer: hot in the a.m. and hot but shaded in the p.m. The gnats can be unbearable!
Fall: a.m. is ok. p.m. is great.
Getting There#1 - Entering the Sand Gulch climbing area, make a sharp left just past the cattle guard.
This is a some what long and winding road. Once up and out of the short, rocky dip in the wash, bear right, and find the big parking area just after the “No Overnight Parking / Day Use Only” sign and park on the left. This is the backside Gallery parking area. Locate the trail near the bottom of the parking area.
Find the trail, and hike it to the well-signed intersection Far Side (L) & Mural Wall (R) signs. At the sign, go left, and follow the great trail uphill following several switchbacks. The final switchback is marked by 4 large stone steps just downhill from the wall. Hike just past these and find a cairn on the left. Follow the rough trail left to the wall.
#2 - Park at the Gallery parking lot proper.
Hike the trail past campsite #10 down the great trail and to the backside Gallery Parking Area. The Gallery trail is to the far right.
Follow above directions.
Classic Climbing Routes at The Zoo at the Far Side
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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