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Red Arch Mountain Rock Climbing 

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***** 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 >>>


Half-way up Zion Canyon on the east/south side is the aptly-named Red Arch Mountain, home to the ultra-classic Shune's Buttress.

Getting There 

Take the shuttle to the Grotto and hike up the drainage. Red Arch Mountain is on your right.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.6 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Red Arch Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Red Arch Mountain:
Bits and Pieces   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 8 pitches, 800'   
Rites of Passage   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 9 pitches, 800'   
Shune's Buttress   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 8 pitches, 800'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Red Arch Mountain route goes right up the middle a...

Red Awaking 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A4  UT : Zion National Park : Red Arch Mountain
New route climbed Dec of '03. Climbs right out of the middle of the arch. Climb is heads up, with many pitches of long fall potential. Only a few really "dangerous" pitches (whatever that means) but overall classic route. The headwall has a pitch of drilling, we were hoping the seam panned out to no avail. One of the steeper pitches in Zion for sure. Decent is best to try and find the top of Shunes Buttress and rap, we didn't and rapped off the back into a wicked slot canyon in a rain storm but ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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