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By Mark Lewis
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb 11, 2013

I'm looking for some camping options around St. George, preferably within 5-10 minutes of Chuckawalla and The Black Cliffs areas. I know developments have been creeping out into the desert near these crags, are there any okay BLM camping areas in the vicinity?

Preferably just looking for some BLM land where we can camp and have a fire without being bothered while remaining withing minutes of the above mentioned crags.

I've read some accounts of climbers car camping at the Chuckawalla trailhead parking area, but have read that it's against regulations.

Any advice would be appreciated, thanks in advance!


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By Dow Williams
From Saint George, UT
Feb 11, 2013
Dow Williams, 2011

You will be kicked out of Chuckawalla...the reservoir across from Prophecy would be your best bet in terms of beauty, privacy, folks leaving you alone and some stellar climbing at the Underworld, if you can climb 5.10-5.11 basalt cracks (Underworld being my favorite climbing locale in St. George bar none...Snow Canyon being my 2nd, then Zen Wall

Underworld and Zen are two of the warmer winter walls we have. Underworld is our best kept secret and is easily reached from there. Prophecy is a nice, but soft graded crag similar to Black Rocks except muti-pitch routes.

Good luck with it...


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By Mark Lewis
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb 11, 2013

Thanks Dow. I'm looking at some google maps of the Prophecy area and don't see any type of reservoir. How close is it to the Prophecy parking area?

Are there any primitive camping areas off of State Route 300? It looks like there may be some from the sat maps. What about areas off of the Red Hills Parkway and the Old Dump road?


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By darrell hodges
Feb 11, 2013

We camped out by Prophesy Wall last fall, in a pullout down a dirt road. It was really nice, quiet, no one around, Plenty of open space. And walking distance to the crag from our campsite.


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By Daniel Winder
Feb 11, 2013

Dow Williams wrote:
You will be kicked out of Chuckawalla


I'll second that, don't try it unless you want to be awakened in the middle of the night by men in uniforms. Great primitive camping at Prophesy, but it's higher elevation (might be colder) and it doesn't have the routes you're looking for anyway. Snow canyon is the best camping IMO. Beautiful sites, running water, it even has showers. Another option is camping out at Woodbury Road next to some amazing limestone. Good luck


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By Dow Williams
From Saint George, UT
Feb 11, 2013
Dow Williams, 2011

Mark Lewis wrote:
Thanks Dow. I'm looking at some google maps of the Prophecy area and don't see any type of reservoir. How close is it to the Prophecy parking area? Are there any primitive camping areas off of State Route 300? It looks like there may be some from the sat maps. What about areas off of the Red Hills Parkway and the Old Dump road?


If you found Prophecy, it is right across the road...you can camp on either side of the road....around the reservoir will be a bit less private...but this time of year, prob not a concern. Like I said, if you are into crack, warmest spot in all of this area, despite being a little higher is the Underworld...most magical as well. Prophecy will get some sun, towards the end of the week it won't make much of a difference. It is definitly not too cold to camp there unless maybe one is not use to camping in general.

I live at the entrance to Snow Canyon...as alluded to above, one of the finer State Park (or National Park for that matter) campgrounds anywhere. I live here so unfortunately cannot partake, but have many friends/clients stay there. But they do price it accordingly, for all the services they provide. If and when you need a shower, prob worth doing for a few days and just walking to the Island in the Sky from there which has a ton of sunny routes mid day on. Atomic Indian across the way, another stellar local crack climb, 5.10++. Wagassa, a 5.8 multi pitch good for the morning as well...another easy sport climb just to the right of it....not worth doing though. Snow Canyon has a ton, both trad and sport, sun and shade...peruse my website for it....I am guiding this week in NV....but pm me through MP if you are here past this week in Snow Canyon, cold ones on my back patio and beta for more crack routes I have put up in Padre Canyon , behind my home. Cheers.


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By Mark Lewis
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb 15, 2013

Thanks for everyone's input, the extra information was great!

If you're around St. George this weekend, have fun climbing - looks to be awesome weather.


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By Mark Lewis
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb 20, 2013

The climbing trip went very well - perfect weather and excellent rock!

We ended up camping out past Prophecy wall, past the powerplant and into the sandy areas. No one else was camped out there while the area directly around Prophecy was packed.

Crowds were rampant down at many of the St. George crags, which was unfortunate, but not unexpected.


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