• Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

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The American Fork Canyon provides great opportunities for weekend warriors to expert climbers. This is the birthplace of overhanging sport climbing. There are over 800 routes to choose from. The canyon consists mainly of limestone.

American Fork Canyon, UT has a rich history in outdoor activity. Little do most people know that American Fork was the birth place of steep, overhanging, sport climbing. Developed by locals, now legends, in the climbing world like Boone Speed and Jeff Pedersen amongst others. This canyon came onto the map in the late 1980's. The hay days of the canyon have been gone for awhile now, but what was left behind was a canyon full of steep powerful routes. The canyon is mainly limestone with many caves and over 800 routes and counting. Most of the canyon caters to intermediate to advanced sport climbers, but there are a few cliffs with beginner grades.

American Fork is perfect for the weekend warrior, the road tripper who wants to get physical with the powerful routes, and for day trips right after you get off work. Season for the area is spring through fall, winter is possible, but be prepared for freezing temps. Snow shoeing, sledding, and snowmobiling are all pretty common during the winter months. If you are resting there are plenty of different climbing areas to explore or you can go chill at either of the two reservoirs which both have great views of Mount Timpanogos. For gear and more info on the canyon, visit Mountain Works in Provo. It's the best shop in the area.

For camping in the area there are a few campgrounds that you must pay per night for. There is free camping, but you must go pretty far out of the way to access it. During the summers the campgrounds fill up fast so make a reservation if possible.

Pack List

  • Climbing gear (Rope, Quick Draws, Harness, Chalk/Chalk bag, belay device)
  • Friends
  • Camera
  • Extra Water
  • Snacks
  • Camping Gear if camping
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I love coming up to this canyon to climb. There are a lot of routes like the description says, and in my experience Ive always been able to find some 5.8/5.9 to warm up on but still have powerful climbs to project. Not only is the climbing super fun, the canyon itself is beautiful. Just driving up it is breathtaking. I highly recommend climbing up AF canyon.

7 months ago
7 months ago

Beautiful views from the top of the routes, wow

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

American Fork Canyon has some awesome climbs that are fun for all ages. Easy beginner climbs to extremely difficult expert climbs.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

George Bruce Wilson

I am a professional photographer/Film-maker based out of the beautiful state of Utah. I have always loved being able to create. From luxury furniture to adventure films. Creation is a huge passion of mine as well as the outdoors. Anytime I can't mix those two together, I am thrilled! You can find my work at ThreePeakFilms.com and in social media @threepeakfilms

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