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

Castle Dome has a remote and secluded feel despite being in the midst of a couple popular canyons and high use trails. Granted, you're several hundred feet above them.

As far as we know, it hadn't seen a first ascent until November 2015. Dan Stihl put major work into figuring out a route up this thing, lugging haul bags and aid racks from nearby peaks, jugging and fixing and climbing away. I think he was quite surprised to eventually find an easy 5th class route up, albeit classic sketchy Zion style.

Getting There

Castle Dome is NW of the confluence of Heaps and Behunin Canyon. The peak towers above the Emerald Pools when viewed from near the Zion Lodge.

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