Moab & Castle Valley Rock Climbing
Castleton Tower, The Rectory, Wall St. and more!
Moab is undoubtedly the outdoor adventure capital of Utah. Surrounded by a multitude of National Parks, including Arches and Canyonlands, as well as the majestic Colorado River, it’s no wonder why so many outdoor enthusiasts descend into Moab to get their desert adventure fix. The Moab area boasts some of the finest desert climbing in the area. It’s a great place to hone your climbing skills, or tackle a desert classic like Castleton Tower.
We offer introductory through advanced level instruction at popular cragging destinations such as Wall St. and the Ice Cream Parlor, both of which are excellent for acquiring basic skills and crack climbing proficiency. We also offer guided climbs on tower climbs such as Fine Jade (5.11a) on the Rectory, or the Kor-Ingalls (5.9) and North Chimeys (5.9) on Castleton Tower.
The best seasons to climb in the Moab area and Utah desert are in the spring and fall; March – early June and September – early December. The weather lends itself to optimal climbing conditions during these time periods, with warm daytime temperatures and cool, clear nights.
Expert, Certified Guides
We offer guiding and instruction with AMGA Certified Rock Guides, insuring you receive the most thorough and competent guiding available. Our guides have climbed and guided in Moab and the Utah Desert more than any other guide service in Colorado and our expert knowledge of the area and it’s routes is unmatched.
In a nut shell Bill is a valuable Demon of a climbing guide with a naturally gifted approach to guiding. I’m looking forward to returning in July for two more days in the Black! – J. Edmonds
Moab Rock Climbing Courses and Private Guiding
Courses or Private Guiding?
We offer both Private Guiding and regularly scheduled Crack Climbing Courses for your convenience. Contact our office to determine which program is best suited to your background and skill set.
Many of our guests choose this option for maximum itinerary flexibility and the opportunity to climb classic routes such as:
- North Chimneys or Kor Ingalls on Castelton Tower
- Honeymoon Chimneys on Sister Superior
- Fine Jade on the Rectory
- Ancient Art in the Fisher Towers
- other classic routes and climbs in the Moab area
Desert Climbing Seminar
New for 2013 is our 4 Day Utah Desert Climbing Seminar. This seminar focuses on crack climbing technique as well as more specific focus on multi-pitch climbing and longer route strategies – not to mention the more advanced topics of anchoring, protection placement, and rescue considerations. If you’re an aspiring leader and want to participate in a course that will help to build a solid foundation of climbing technique and technical know how, then this is the program for you! We’ve designed this course to run Saturday – Tuesday to avoid the weekend crowds on popular climbs and towers such as Castleton Tower.
Rock Climbing Equipment List
- Appropriate clothing
- Food & snacks
- Rain jacket
Training & Follow Up Programs
As always, being in good physical shape is an important component of our our programs. A good mixture of cardiovascular fitness, muscular fitness, and especially core strength will help you to maximize the potential rewards that are possible on a great program.
2Follow Up Programs
- Moab & Castle Valley
- Red Rocks, Nevada
- Indian Creek
- Ouray Ice Climbing Courses
If and when I decide to tackle the big mountains I will call you guys for sure. I was very impressed with the guides and the service on my last class. Thanks again! – Chris N.
Moab, Utah: Getting There
Moab, Utah is located in the SE Utah Desert, and is near many of the states National Park units such as Canyonlands and Arches National Park. Moab is a hub for all kinds of outdoor adventure, from mountain biking and rafting, to hiking and jeeping. Yes, jeeping.
Flights: For those who would like to fly to the Maob, Utah area the closest airport is in either Moab, Utah, Durango, CO or Grand Junction, CO. Due to the location of Moab you will want to rent a car or arrange transportation with our office. Additional fees may apply if we provide transportation to Moab.
Driving: Below are some approximate driving times if you’d like to drive to Indian Creek, UT. You may want to consider renting an SUV for travel in and around the Moab area, as many desert roads are more easily navigated with a higher clearance vehicle.
- Grand Junction, CO: 2.5 hours
- Durango, CO: 2.5 hours
- Salt Lake City, UT: 3.5 hours
Hotels: There are a number of great hotels in the Moab area, but we strongly urge you to consider camping at one of the many local campgrounds. A great addition to the experience of spending time in the Utah desert. Plus there really aren’t that many rattle snakes out there.
- Guides/ instructors
- Group gear (ropes, trad gear, etc)
- Not Included:
- Transportation to Moab, UT ($50 fee for SJMG transport to Moab)
- Hotel costs before, during, or after the trips
- 5% land use surcharge, trip cancellation insurance
- Guide gratuity
- Transportation charges may apply for trips less than 2 days
- Registration and Cancellation:
- You will need to fill out our Domestic Registration Form, cancellation policy agreement, and liability waiver, and send it to us with a 50% deposit as early as possible prior to the trip date. Balance is due on the first day of the course. Please click on our Registration link to access the required forms.