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Kolob Canyon Rock Climbing 


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South Fork of Taylor Creek

2016 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 >>>

Description 

Kolob Canyon is the "other" Zion. Part of the park, but accessed via a separate entrance, this area encompasses the less-explored but equally spectacular northern reaches of the Zion. The canyon is home to many long routes, both free and aid, as well as a great sport climbing crag and some high quality bouldering.

This area feels untouched and has a strange beauty about it. Expect to get out of this area what you put into it. Weather can be a little more alpine as Kolob sits at a much higher elevation than the main area.

Getting There 

17 miles north of Toquerville on I-15 from Toquerville; this is as if you were leaving Zion's main canyon and driving towards Cedar City.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.4 miles from here

42 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',4],['5.10',15],['5.11',15],['5.12',3],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Kolob Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Kolob Canyon:
Fred Beckey   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   South Fork of Taylor : South Fork
Altered States   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   South Fork of Taylor : South Fork
Sand Surfin'   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   South Fork of Taylor : South Fork
Pulp Friction   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   South Fork of Taylor : South Fork
Tucupit occidentalis   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 7 pitches, 850'   North Fork of Taylor
1/2 Route   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   South Fork of Taylor : Namaste Wall
Last Rites   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   South Fork of Taylor : South Fork
I Stab Ourselves   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   South Fork of Taylor : South Fork
High Noon   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   South Fork of Taylor : South Fork
Yahweh   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   South Fork of Taylor : South Fork
Dost Mitra   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   South Fork of Taylor : Namaste Wall
Pins and Needles   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   South Fork of Taylor : South Fork
Sunlight Buttress   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 9 pitches, 1500'   Paria Point
Namaste   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   South Fork of Taylor : Namaste Wall
Hall of Smears   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   South Fork of Taylor : South Fork
"ET" Extremely Tough Slab   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch   South Fork of Taylor : South Fork
Spiderfinger   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   South Fork of Taylor : South Fork
Huecos Rancheros   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   South Fork of Taylor : Namaste Wall
Twins Paradox   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   South Fork of Taylor : Namaste Wall
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Featured Route For Kolob Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Just another sandy slab climb.

Huecos Rancheros 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  UT : Zion National Park : ... : Namaste Wall
There are currently four lines on the obvious, overhanging, tiger-striped wall that contains "Namaste." From left to right these are:1/2 Route: 5.10d and much shorter.Huecos Rancheros: 5.12c and the longest, most amazing looking line.Namaste: 5.12a and the steepest line.Unknown Project: Only a few bolts on this one thus far.Huecos Rancheros is an amazing line. Follow 11 bolts up very steep, ultra positive holds to a large hueco. Rest here and then reach up and clip; th...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of Kolob Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the bivy ledge on Thunderbird Wall, Timb...
View from the bivy ledge on Thunderbird Wall, Timb...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kolob
Kolob
Rock Climbing Photo: Bailey Crawford in Kolob Meadow.
Bailey Crawford in Kolob Meadow.
Rock Climbing Photo: South Fork of Taylor Creek at dawn in March of 200...
South Fork of Taylor Creek at dawn in March of 200...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kolob Canyon section of Zion NP.  Rock everywhere!
Kolob Canyon section of Zion NP. Rock everywhere!
Rock Climbing Photo: South Fork, Kolob Canyon. End of the trail. Let th...
South Fork, Kolob Canyon. End of the trail. Let th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Find 3 climbers in here ;)
Find 3 climbers in here ;)
Rock Climbing Photo: looking up in to the mouth of Kolob
looking up in to the mouth of Kolob
Rock Climbing Photo: from the trail
from the trail
Rock Climbing Photo: The first view of Kolob Canyon from the road, Zion...
The first view of Kolob Canyon from the road, Zion...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tons of rock!
Tons of rock!
Rock Climbing Photo: Paria Point. Photo by Blitzo.
Paria Point. Photo by Blitzo.

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By skidat801pow
May 10, 2012
does anyone know anything about those sick hanging valleys in kolob? it would be so cool to climb up into them.