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The Riverside Walk Trail and The Zion Narrows 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 >>>


Anything past (upstream) from the end of road roundabout area (Temple of Sinawava) on the Zion Canyon Seanic road. Follow the Riverside walk foot-trail up-stream until you reach your objective. The canyon has a north-south orientation, and the Riverside Walk trail is as crowded as they come.

Getting There 

Take the shuttle bus (or drive in the off-season) to the very end of the Zion Canyon Sceanic road. There is a parking area here, and restrooms. This area is known as the Temple of Sinewava. Follow the very popular Riverside walk trail up the Virgin river. This trail eventually leads one to the Zion narrows. Depending on how far up canyon your route is, the approach could range from minutes to hours (and could even require swimming!).

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Weather station 4.6 miles from here

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Riverside Walk Trail and The Zion Narrows

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Riverside Walk Trail and The Zion Narrows:
Freak Show   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13     Trad, 8 pitches, 750'   
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Freak Show 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13  UT : Zion National Park : The Riverside Walk Trail an...
Pitch 1: A silly bolted slab that ends at a sandy garden stance in bushes without any anchor or cracks to really build one.(feel free to add an anchor) 10/10+Pitch 2: Lace up your bowling shoes! Its the Brunswick pitch. It starts in a crack/flake system and climbs about 25 feet before clipping the first bolt (easily seen from the belay). The route then traverses 8 feet left to another crack system, and up 15 feet to another bolt before traversing to the right again. (don't get lured up above thi...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful springs up the Narrows.
Beautiful springs up the Narrows.
Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful springs up the Narrows.
Beautiful springs up the Narrows.

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By TylerPhillips
Dec 18, 2014
This place is referred to as the Temple of Sinawava. Already listed/posted.
By bheller
From: SL UT
Dec 19, 2014
The temple of Sinawava, the Riverside walk trail, and the Narrows, all seem like different areas to me...but i'm dumb and have an adenda. (clarity)
By TylerPhillips
Dec 19, 2014
Not really if you look at the routes already listed in the Temple. Not So Secret Show (which is like 3 feet left of Freak Show), Toilet Cracks, Pulpit ect... Its the Temple of Sinwava mang.

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