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The Confluence

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Baby Wipe Slab T 
Better Safe than Sorry T 
Crimson King T 
Farson-Larr (extension to The Larson-Farr), The T 
Ghetto Booty T 
Greatest and Best Pitch In The World, The T 
Gunswinger T 
I'm No Sports Climber T 
Junk in the Trunk T 
Larson-Farr, The T 
Qi Wah Wah T 
Salty Dog Arete T 
Smashmouth T 
Take Back The Rainbow T 
Tribute S 
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The Confluence Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.25928, -112.97265 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: TylerPhillips on May 5, 2010

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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 >>>


Quickly becoming Zions most visited free climbing area. The Park service is aware of this area and isn't very excited about it. Tread lightly and don't park like a jackass. Consider parking down low and carpooling instead of everyone taking their own rides.

This area receives stellar afternoon sun. Shade can be chased early in the morning. It hosts views looking down on the Parus trail and the old visitors center and the touristy town of Springdale.

This area holds some of Zion's first pure sport routes and accessible grades. With some hard crack climbing and mulitpitch thrown in you will find something for almost everyone.

Getting There 

Park at last switchback before tunnel on Zion/Mount Carmel Highway. If its full you can park DOWN the road on the downhill side in a small pullout. The trail is just off the last switchback. It begins with a steep sand slog and works its way up to a traversing trail that runs back West. When you get the 'stone living room' you'll find the bolted arete Enter The Dragon. Keep traversing west on a pleasant trail to find Taking Back The Rainbow and Smashmouth and beyond.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.7 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Confluence

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Confluence:
Ghetto Booty   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   
I'm No Sports Climber   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Salty Dog Arete   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
The Greatest and Best Pitch In The World   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 150'   
Gunswinger   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Take Back The Rainbow   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 8 pitches, 900'   
Tribute   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   
Better Safe than Sorry   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
The Larson-Farr   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 90'   
Smashmouth   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
The Farson-Larr (extension to The Larson-Farr)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Crimson King   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For The Confluence
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 4 of Smashmouth.

Smashmouth 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  Utah : Zion National Park : The Confluence
Worthwhile route, well set up with modern anchors, can be climbed and descended with one 60m rope.P1. 5.11a, Short, stout tight hands leads to easier climbing.P2. 5.10c, Tricky bolted face leads to easier hand/ finger crack.P3. 5.10b, Beautiful fingers and hands supplemented with plentiful face holds.P4. 5.11a, More of the same, with short crux at the end protected by bristler.Note either pitch 2&3 or 3&4 could easily be linked (recommended)...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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By Scenic
Nov 2, 2016
If The Tribute goes up the left side of the arete above Salty Dog, does anyone know what the bolted route on the right side of the arete is?