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Out in the middle of nowhere! White Rocks is more of a shooting range than a climbing area, but still offers a good amount of climbing on some pretty unique rock.

Camping is free and there are campsites scattered everywhere throughout the junipers. No porta-potties, fire pits, or picnic tables.

As for the rock, it can be of questionable quality.
Most of the rock on the slabs is solid, and will clean up with traffic. The unique hueco features on the grey rock are all pretty dirty though.

Its fairly close to SLC, and that might be its biggest redeeming factor. The few multi pitch climbs there are excellent and offer amazing views of the valley. Good place to spend a day and not see many people(if any at all)

Getting There 

From I-80, take the Dugway/Rowley exit (The Blob) and follow the road south for about 30-35 minutes.
You'll be able to see the formation from the road, and you'll want to turn at the dirt road marked with a small "White Rocks" sign.
The dirt road leading to the rocks is decent and easily passable by 2wd cars.
You can drive all around the formation, though there are many roads that branch out in different directions that its easy to miss the proper turns. I prefer to drive around the formation counter-clockwise.

You can park right at the base of most of the climbs. Approaches are probably 5-10 minutes at the most.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.6 miles from here

25 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in White Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for White Rocks:
African Gypsy   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   African Gypsy
Unknown Sport Route   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Mars Rock
The Exterminator   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Mars Rock
Maximus   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Cool Aid Gully
Sputnik   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Lunar Wall
Barbarian Horde   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Cool Aid Gully
Third Alternative   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lunar Wall
Pocket Rocket   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lunar Wall
Stranger Than Fiction   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lunar Wall
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By Jeremy Steck
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 4, 2015
After turning on to the dirt road, at approximately 5 miles, there is a split in the road, take the left, most traveled looking road. You can not see the formation at this point. Also, if you are driving a low clearance vehicle, going clockwise around the formation to reach your destination would be preferred.
By Ian Quigley
May 30, 2016
Don't go if it's been raining a lot - not only will the roads mud out, but the entire formation turns into Mount Kitty Litter when saturated. Features crumble, holds break off. Wait till it dries!
By Tyler Rindlisbacher
Oct 30, 2016
Went out there yesterday, half the bolts I did find aren't in the rock all the way. And like the previous comments it's very run out, at one point I would have taken a 50 foot fall, thank goodness for easy climbing! I would use extreme caution until someone can go rebolt/add some bolts!

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