Technical mountain climbing is allowed within the park, however, it is recommended that you do not climb alone. The climbing in Zion will often be on sandstone and requires hardware and technical rock climbing skills. Climbing is prohibited in certain areas of the park, such as those above Middle and Lower Emerald Pools and Weeping Rock. Other routes are closed when Peregrine Falcon are nesting. Be sure to check which routes are closed to climbing at the visitor center before beginning a climb. If you are planning an overnight climb, permits are required.
With 2000 foot cliffs all around you, you have a multitude of choices for your next rock blast. Most of the routes are quite serious and draining. Scouts Landing, Greta White Throne, the Tunnel Walls all await your chalk. The Backcountry Desk at the visitor center can lend more information about routes. No permits are needed unless your climb requires an overnight bivouac - nothing quite as much fun as spending a night in a bat hammock! Like in Park canyons, power drills are not allowed for bolt placement. Inner tubes are not allowed either for would-be canyoneers.
Equipment: Rock gear of various levels. Most climbs tend to take an extreme nature with only a few areas where you can top rope. There are a lot of easier places to learn to rock climb, though there are plenty of places you could do so here, too.
There is a paved trail that will follow along the campground border and into the scenic drive area. We only followed the trail near the camping areas in order to kill some time. It is a lollygag trail which serves its purpose. It is a nice way around people since few take this route. We did not have time to explore the whole route and were more excited to ride for real at Gooseberry Mesa.
Visit the visitor center’s web site and click “Services” to find a description of the following two shops where you may rent bicycles. Bike Zion is at 1458 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767, and Springdale Cycles is at 932 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767.
The Arch Trail leads you by some natural caves which were used by Native American Tribes almost 1000 years ago.
Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water.
Technical climbing is permitted on canyon walls such as this one. A free permit is required for overnight climbs. Since the rock is sandstone and subject to erosion, extreme caution is required.