Seasonal climbing closures
Zion closes some climbing routes on March 1 to protect nesting raptors. Learn about this year's seasonal climbing closures before your plan your trip.
Climbing in Zion
Zion National Park's 2,000-foot sandstone cliffs are world renowned for their big wall climbs and adventurous nature. Most routes in the park are not recommended for inexperienced climbers due to difficulty and the soft nature of the rock. While areas outside of the park offer abundant sport climbing and top roping possibilities, this is rare in the park, with bolted routes often having sparse protection.
Seasonal Climbing Closures
Many routes and walls in Zion are closed every year beginning March 1 to protect native raptors. Find out which walls are closed here.
Good Climbing Practices
Help keep Zion beautiful by following these best practices while climbing.
Regulations around climbing in Zion, including guiding, bolting, establishment of new routes, and bivying.
Climbing Bivy Permits
Bivy permits are required for all overnight climbs in Zion National Park. Permits are not required for day climbs.
Read about park specific Climbing Regulations and recommendations.
Climbers may need to utilize the Wilderness Transportation options.
Last updated: February 26, 2023