Rock climbing is an ever growing, ever expanding sport. There are few places as fun and as scenic to climb as the rock walls of Southern Utah. We, at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, have some advise for rock climbers coming to have 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 are usually required, and sometimes you must stay on designated routes. You should inquire at the visitor’s center in each park. Information can also be found at the National Park Service site. Many top-roping courses are already set up, which is perfect for beginning climbers. Access to the top of the climb can usually be reached by a trail.
Rappelling in Moab – this is one of our all time favorite sports. You don’t need much experience to have fun rappelling into a canyon. Go with a bunch of friends and 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 in the national parks.
Remember these few tips whenever you are out climbing in Southern Utah. Don’t forget, you will need water, lots of water. Always climb in groups and, if you lack experience, go with a qualified guide. Make sure you have the proper permission, such as a park service voucher; you don’t want to get in trouble. Be respectful of this beautiful area. If you climb with chalk, make sure it matches the surrounding rock.
Most of all make sure you have fun. Baley on!