Climbing in the Parks

February 12th, 2013

Outdoor adventures, Travel

Rock climbing is an increasingly popular sport, especially here in Southern Utah. The rock walls of Southern Utah are fun, challenging, and scenic. In fact, there are so good that we attract climbers from all over the world. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have some advise for rock climbers coming to find a good time in our neck of the woods.

Climbing in Zion, Capitol Reef, or Arches National Park – You are free to climb in all Utah national and state parks. Certain permits may be required, especially if you plan an overnight climbing excursion. Often you must stay on designated routes; the practice of minimal impact climbing is enforced. (So be sure to find chalk and webbing that matches the red rocks of this region.) There are several top-roping courses already set up – which is perfect for beginning climbers. However, most routes require technical climbing, so come prepared. Check with the visitor centers for all the current info.

Rappelling in Moab – Rappelling is a great sport. First timers can have just as much fun as veterans – as long as an experienced guide shows them the ropes. Go with a bunch of friends, hire a guide, and spend the weekend scrambling down cliffs. Of course, Moab isn’t the only place to explore. Other popular rappelling spots in Southern Utah are near Lake Powell, in the San Rafael Swell, and, of course, in the national parks.

Remember these few tips whenever you are climbing in Southern Utah. You will need water, lots of water. Always climb in groups and, if you lack experience, with a qualified guide. Make sure you have the proper permission, such as a park service voucher – if it is required in the park you visit. Be respectful of this beautiful area, and have fun.

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