Moab is a true rock climbing mecca. Sandstone is the primary rock encountered, flawless cracks, exciting towers and even some sport climbing mixed in.


Near Moab, this is one of the most iconic sandstone towers in the country. The 50 classics route Kor Engalls (5.9) graces this amazing feature. Our rock climbing guides will allow you to access all different levels, whether you are just starting out or you are an advanced rock climber.


These mysterious and unique mud like towers are home to many difficult aid climbing lines, but the famous Stolen Chimney (5.10) route is not to be missed.

Ancient Art is likely one of the most surreal summits anywhere! The cruxes of this route, rated 5.10, are on pebble and pocket strewn faces, not in cracks. They are short and well protected and for that reason, most people find this tower easier to climb than others in the area. However, there is a sting in the tail and a 2 foot wide “sidewalk” must be crossed (or crawled!) to get onto the final 5.9 summit block. Though easy, this section is airy and exciting. The summit on this one is tiny and there is only room for one person at a time!


Towers, crack climbs, and adventure abounds along the Colorado river.

Lonely Vigil on the Lighthouse Tower (5.10) 5 pitch route, a good introduction to a multi pitch tower climb.

Inrfared (5.11c) 4 pitch route, mostly trad climbing with a steep sport climbing pitch.

Many more single and multi pitch climbs, ideal for intermediate to advanced climbers.


Belay from the car! Varied crack and face climbing minutes from downtown Moab. There are some great beginner climbs here and well as more difficult face and crack climbs.


A mini Indian Creek with fantastic wingate sandstone.

Maverick Butress is a short approach and premier crag in Long Canyon that is great for a hot day as it faces north. Splitter cracks mostly 5.10 and up grace the walls of this beautiful canyon.


No prior rock climbing experience needed.


Let us know what you DO NOT have. We may have it.

Gear you should bring, weather and terrain dependent:

Long climbing pants such as the Patagonia Simul Alpine Pant

Shorts for warm weather climbing and approaches

Synthetic or wool T-shirt

Lightweight long sleeve synthetic or wool shirt

A medium weight synthetic or wool shirt. We use and recommend the Patagonia Capilene 4 Hoody

One medium weight insulated jacket, such as a Patagonia Piton Hybrid Hoody

A lightweight emergency rain shell such as the Patagonia Alpine Houdini or M10 Jacket

Lightweight emergency rain pants such as Patagonia Torrentshell Pants

One lightweight insulated piece such as a Patagonia Nano puff jacket or pullover

A lightweight wool or synthetic hat

A pair of lightweight fleece or lightly insulated leather-palmed gloves.



2 locking carabiners

1 belay/rappel device

Rock shoes suitable for climbing all day, generally snug fitting with a sock

Rock shoes suitable for more difficult pitches, generally snug fitting without a sock

Good approach shoes are mandatory. Preferably with a sheet rubber sole and not with mold-injected rubber. An example of this is the La Sportiva Boulder X approach shoe.

A simple, climbing-oriented 25 liter backpack such as the Patagonia Ascentionist 25 backpack




Lipbalm with sunscreen


Ropes, protection, slings and other team technical equipment.


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