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Ataxia Tower Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.21139, -112.95855 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Perin Blanchard on Apr 10, 2010  with updates from N. Aksamit
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Base of the tower, formerly bottom of the sea

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 MORE INFO >>>


An obvious, squat tower located just past the last switchback before the tunnel, Ataxia Tower contains one of the more popular free routes in Zion (Ashtar Command) as well as a few other less-well-known lines.

The word ataxia has interesting connotations for climbing...

Getting There 

Find a parking place along the road and follow the obvious trail up the short, steep slope below the base of the tower.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ataxia Tower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ataxia Tower:
Ashtar Command   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
Woods Route   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   
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Featured Route For Ataxia Tower
Rock Climbing Photo: The most climbed of the several routes on this tow...

Ashtar Command 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Utah : Zion National Park : ... : Ataxia Tower
Ashtar is the located on the prominent tower on the west side of the Mount Carmel Highway Tunnel, across from the ranger kiosk.The first pitch will take everything on your rack: cams, nuts, hexes, and TCUs. It is mostly crack climbing for the first 75 ft then climbing on small ledges and crimps to first set of anchors. The second pitch is mostly bolted with some exposed, crimpy 5.9 climbing.The second pitch traverses right and a .5 is handy for the runout between the anchors and the f...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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