Description

Welcome 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!

Character
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.

Conditions
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.

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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.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Game Warden
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 10
Jungle Boogie
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 14
Monkey Jungle
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
Duck Soup
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 14
Pet Peeves
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 9
Scorpions
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 13
Jurassic Parking Lot
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 8
Zoo York Kitty
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 14
Petting Zoo
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 20
Catitude
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Game Warden
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Jungle Boogie
 10
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Monkey Jungle
 14
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Duck Soup
 6
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Pet Peeves
 14
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Scorpions
 9
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Jurassic Parking Lot
 13
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Zoo York Kitty
 8
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Petting Zoo
 14
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Catitude
 20
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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Wow, impressive. Keep up the good work, Mike and Rachel. Mar 29, 2016
Joel Allen
La Crosse, WI
Joel Allen   La Crosse, WI
Great crag for beginners, there is a lot of easy stuff and the bolts are very close together. This area also has quite soft grading, so just try everything regardless of the grade! Mar 27, 2017