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Zion shoulder seasons


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jlind · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 31

What is the best tome of year to do zion walls without crowds?  Or fewer crowds?   

Eric Engberg · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2009 · Points: 0
jlind wrote:

What is the best tome of year to do zion walls without crowds?  Or fewer crowds?   

Would you rather be too hot or too cold?

Rob T · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 10

Summer would be the best time for no crowds. 

With more free climbers working the classics and “walls” that average about 8 pitches winter is a popular time and only getting more so. 

jlind · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 31

Ok  so february to early march before spring breakers appear?   I have never been to zion.  I agree, hard to call 8 pitches a wall, but i guess it is.  I would rather be cold than hot. 

Greg Gavin · · SLC, UT · Joined Oct 2008 · Points: 766

Spring generally see's fewer visitors as the weather can be more iffy in my experience. I wouldn't worry to much about spring breakers in zion unless your only objective is to climb moonlight or touchstone which you'll see parties on no matter the time of year. The weather in mid feb to early march can be awesome especially on the routes toward the mouth of the canyon.

jlind · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 31

Actually looking to do easy aid solo.  Is January an option?  A little cold is no big deal.   Just want to avoid the wet rock issues.  I dont know what the actual local weather is like.  

Rob T · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 10

January can be perfect or socked in. Daytime temps aren’t super warm so if the canyon gets soaked it can take a while dry.

If you’re flying in I’d fly into Vegas and be ready to change plans. If you’re closer just look for 4-5 days of sunny forecast with highs over 45 and you should be good to go. 

Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 195

Just a heads up: raptor closures are a thing, and I know Moonlight was affected when we were there over spring break somewhere around late March/early April.  I would definitely check the NPS website before making plans.

Rob T · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 10

Raptor closures kick in first of March, but Moonlight has historically been outside of the closure area, it usually ends around the Minatour. The only trade route affected is usually Prodigal Sun.

More detailed info ​here​​​

Darin Berdinka · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2009 · Points: 100

I’ve climbed walls in November,December and February in Zion.  Short days and long cold nights but perfect temps during the day.  Never saw anyone, it wasn’t that long ago....

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