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By richard magill
Mar 30, 2007
A wildfire went through here in 2006. Most of the area is fairly well burnt up. At Kelly's Wall there is a fixed rope hanging off a project that is all charred and melted down near the ground. They might have to retire that cord...
Of course the climbing is pretty much unaffected, but the scenery and the camping are suffering a bit. Same thing for the Utah Hills area. In spring 2006, we camped near the Soul Asylum and it was pretty nice. That is all burnt to the ground now. You can still find camping, but you may have to camp in a burned up ashpit or go further out into the desert.
And I would also add that since it burned down, the red necks appear to have decided it is absolutely ok to trash the place. The road up to Soul Asylum is littered with trash and shooting targets and spent shells.
Camping up at Welcome Springs is still a possibility - the fire didn't seem to affect that quite as badly. Although when we went up there, it was packed full of campers (including some non-climbing rednecks with ATVs) probably because everything else is burned.
So in summary:
- Utah Hills (Soul Asylum, the Diamond, Gorilla Cliffs,etc): burned to the ground. You can still climb there but scenery and camping situation is horrific.
- Woodbury Road (Black and Tan, Kelly's Rock): significantly burned, but more camping opportunity than Utah Hills. However, this area is pretty much sub-prime for camping in the first place - you won't get any trees or shade, other than some short Joshua Trees.
-Welcome Springs (Cathedral, Wailing Wall, etc): some burned up area, some camping opportunity, but expect to be a bit crowded.
By Cunning Linguist
Aug 20, 2007
|This is a beautiful place to climb, easy access from Las Vegas, and solid, quality limestone. I greatly enjoyed myself here. Both Kelly's and Black and Tan seem to be getting close to overbolted right now-it would be nice if Mr Goss and his crew would try to make sure not to place bolts that you can reach and clip from other routes beside. At one or two spots on Kelly's I could touch one with each hand and one with my foot-maybe the routes would benefit from not being so crammed.|
By Jeremy Steck
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 8, 2010
|This area is incredible! Some of the best stone in the St. George area. Nice remote location, very high quality stone, and steller routes of all grades.|
By Wyatt H
Apr 12, 2011
Seriously an amazingly beautiful area. Can't really tell anymore that there was a fire a couple years ago.
The rock is intensely sharp, so be careful, but its also a great place to climb when the weather is wet. Sandstone will be seriously weakened and most other rocks will be slick, but the limestone out here will still be climbable when its wet.
I also agree thats its overbolted. Many more routes now than are in the guidebook and its hard to actually tell which one goes where. Some of the routes are wandery so long draws might help.
By Spencer Weiler
From: Salt Lake city
Aug 31, 2014
|Keep in mind it's a 40-45 min drive from the junction of sunset and bluff st to the crags when planning your trip out. We climbed at Kelly's rock in mid August and it was hot but in the shade the entire time.|
By DebColorado McLain
From: Louisville, CO
May 13, 2016
|We were down there last week and there was no sign for Woodbury Road. The new brown sign at approx the 2 mile marker heading north or south on Hwy 91 is now called this: Mohave Scenic Byway/Joshua Tree Natural area (dirt road). Then the two crags, Kelly's Rock and Black & Tan, are 3.5 miles back on the dirt road. See beta photo above.|
By Aimee Rose
From: Bend, or
Nov 23, 2016
It should be noted that when you are driving from St. George, it's the second turn off marked
Joshua Tree Road
I know this is obvious if you use your odometer, but we didn't and drove down the first turnoff for a very long time before we realized our mistake.
Also, I thought the rock at Black and Tan and Kelly's Rock was less than stellar. But I'm pretty spoiled when it comes to limestone after climbing a bunch in Europe.