(435) 319-0313

SW Utah
Year Round
Moderate- Strenuous
2-3 Days

Lead Climbing Course

From: $320.00

*Please call the office to book a trip @ 435-319-0313 as our online calendar is not always indicative of available dates.  Thank You!!

Our Lead Climbing Course is designed for the intermediate climber looking to begin lead climbing. You can enjoy the comfort of going out with our AMGA Certified Rock Climbing Guide. You can choose to take a 2 FULL day or a 3 FULL day program.  Each day will run 6-7 hours. This course will focus on the skills and techniques needed to climb both bolted and traditional routes. This is a personalized course for the solid top-rope climber wanting to take their climbing to the next level. With Zion Mountaineering School, you can feel confident that you’re getting the best instruction in the area. ZMS is home to the only active AMGA Certified rock climbing guide in Southern Utah.

During the Lead Climbing Course we’ll teach you the things you need to know to become an accomplished lead climber. You should expect to be out for approximately 6 hours/per day. There will be some light hiking (under 1 hour) so wear comfortable hiking shoes. Your guide will provide you with all the needed gear prior to your trip. Just remember to bring plenty of water and some snacks or lunch.

We want to accommodate you, so all our trips are private. As a result, the start time can be adjusted around your travel plans and you will never be grouped with others unless requested.

Note: As directed by the Superintendent, paid guiding for canyoneering and climbing trips is not permitted within Zion National Park. All trips and courses are done outside of the park in beautiful locations. Details will be given when you call to book your course or trip.

Price Per Person/Per Day for 2 FULL day and 3 FULL day courses.

Note: 1 Day Courses are available. Pricing is the same as the Climbing Full day trip (see website).

1 $400
2+ $225

8.05% sales tax added at checkout

*Please call the office to book a trip @ 435-319-0313 as our online calendar is not always indicative of available dates.  Thank You!!


Full Day Itinerary: 6 hrs per day




Meet your guide at your specified time, stated in your confirmation email, at our Store Location in the center of Springdale, UT. If you do not have any personal equipment, your guide will outfit you with the necessary technical equipment.

A short 1/2 Mile hike will get you to the base. Enjoy the varied and fun rock that Southern Utah has to offer. We don’t simply tie you into a rope and say good luck. Our instructional based guiding methods enables you to learn safe use of the equipment as well as proper climbing movement. Hike back to the car.

We recommend the 3 Day Program:

DAY 1: Guide will assess your level and determine your goals and begin the process of learning lead climbing techniques

DAY 2: Review what was learned the day before.  Guide will focus on improving technique and safety measures

DAY 3; You will put your skills into practice.  Build your confidence. Guide will further hone your skills. You will take the opportunity to get any further  questions answered and move forward as a skilled lead climber



Half day beginner zion canyoneering

Gear Needed/Provided

Gear ZMS can Provide

  • Climbing Shoes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Locking Carabiner
  • Belay/Rappel Device
  • Dynamic Climbing Rope
  • Backpack

Gear You Provide

  • Food: snacks, sandwiches, apples oranges etc.
  • Water: 2-3 L
  • Appropriate Clothing for the Season
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
lead climbing course

Enjoy our multi-pitch rock climbing video.

Skills Needed To Know Prior

Please study up before your course and use our rock climbing dictionary to get yourself ready. Click HERE

Springdale, UT Getting Here

Springdale, UT is located in the heart of Zion Canyon. ZMS is located in the heart of Springdale, UT.

  • 2.5 Hours to Vegas (We are an hour ahead of Vegas)
  • 4.5 Hours from Salt Lake City
  • 45 minutes from Saint George, UT


Best option is to fly into Vegas, NV,  and either drive or hire a shuttle to drop you off in Springdale, UT.


Both the town of Springdale and Zion National Park offer free propane powered shuttle systems that can drop you off in town or at any spot in the main canyon.

Waivers & Cancellation

Cost Includes

  • AMGA Certified and/or highly accomplished rock and alpine climber guides with over 10 years of experience
  • Technical Equipment

Not Included

  • Food & Water
  • Guide Gratuity
  • Check “gear” tab


Advanced registration is required to secure your private guide. We have a limited amount of guides and book up regularly.

Feel free to call our office to book your trip at 435-319-0313.

Please leave a text or voice message if we are unable to take your call and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please leave the following information: Name, Type of trip, Dates, #of people in your group, Phone #

Please note that the online calendar is not always indicative of actual availability. If you tried to book online, our website will ask that you call our office to confirm if the date is available.

Medical and Liability Waiver

All participants must read and fill out our Online Medical Waiver & Liability Waiver HERE

Cancellation Policy:

Unless arrangements are made, payments are due in full at the time you book your trip. Zion Mountain School does everything in their power to ensure trips run as planned.

If for any reason Zion Mountain School cannot run a trip as scheduled, we will offer a full refund or reschedule your planned event.
If you need to cancel your trip more than 30 days out, Zion Mountain School offers a full refund minus a 10% administrative fee.

Once within the 30 day window, but more than 48 hours before the trip, Zion Mountain School will refund 75% of the trip cost. The remaining 25% can be used as credit for future trips with ZMS. This credit is valid for two years.

Non-emergency cancellations less than 48 hours of your trip, are non-refundable.

Multi Pitch Climbing