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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

38 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['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',14],['5.11',12],['5.12',4],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Kolob Canyon:
Fred Beckey   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   South Fork
Sand Surfin'   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   South Fork
Pulp Friction   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   South Fork
1/2 Route, AKA Unknown   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   South Fork
Last Rites   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   South Fork
Yahweh   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   South Fork
High Noon   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   South Fork
I Stab Ourselves   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   South Fork
Dost Mitra   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   South Fork
Pins and Needles   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   South Fork
Sunlight Buttress   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 9 pitches, 1500'   Paria Point
Hall of Smears   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   South Fork
"ET" Extremely Tough Slab   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch   South Fork
Spiderfinger   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   South Fork
Namaste   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   South Fork
Huecos Rancheros   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   South Fork
Twins Paradox   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   South Fork
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Featured Route For Kolob Canyon
Route overview.

Astrolizard 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  UT : Zion National Park : ... : Middle Fork of Taylor
Astrolizard follows the striking wide, clean corner on the south face of Tucapit. This route is phenomenal! The rock is great the whole way, amazingly clean and absolutely gorgeous. Donít let the rack scare you away - it is mostly wide but little actual offwidthing necessary. Endless laybacks, many roofs and a techy finger finale keep the climbing varied to the end.While establishing the route, a brave lizzy decked on the Lizard Ledge at the base of the gorgorus seamed out corner, giving a good ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of Kolob Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
View from the bivy ledge on Thunderbird Wall, Timb...
View from the bivy ledge on Thunderbird Wall, Timb...
South Fork of Taylor Creek at dawn in March of 200...
South Fork of Taylor Creek at dawn in March of 200...
Kolob Canyon section of Zion NP.  Rock everywhere!
Kolob Canyon section of Zion NP. Rock everywhere!
Bailey Crawford in Kolob Meadow.
Bailey Crawford in Kolob Meadow.
South Fork, Kolob Canyon. End of the trail. Let th...
South Fork, Kolob Canyon. End of the trail. Let th...
Tons of rock!
Tons of rock!
Paria Point. Photo by Blitzo.
Paria Point. Photo by Blitzo.
Erika Kozera on 1/2 Route, AKA Unknown (10d) and u...
BETA PHOTO: Erika Kozera on 1/2 Route, AKA Unknown (10d) and u...
The first view of Kolob Canyon from the road, Zion...
The first view of Kolob Canyon from the road, Zion...
from the trail
from the trail

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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.
By Michael Difilippantonio
Apr 11, 2015
yeah colob canyon locals. i'm from flagstaff and am heading to zion with my wife who is attending a yoga retreat. i'm looking for some new climbing friends to past the time whilst she is yogaing. would really like to check out the sport climbs in colob. i'll be there friday-sunday april 24th-26th arriving in zion that thrursday nite. contact mike by text or call at 928.310.6355. will return the favor for anybody that would like a climbing tour of flagstaff!
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