desert climbing at its best
Accessible climbs near Moab; majestic towers in the Castle Valley; splitter sandstone cracks of Indian Creek – SJE has it all.
1:1 – $450
2:1 – $265
3:1 – $200
1:1 – $400 2:1 – $195 3:1 – $175 4:1 – $150 5:1 – $130
6:1 – $100
Castle Valley is home to some of the most aesthetic climbing objectives anywhere in the lower 48. An array of wingate sandstone towers, known as Castle Ridge, dots the 1000’ skyline, hems in the valley to the east, and offers crack upon crack of steep and varied desert climbing. San Juan Expeditions guides climbs up many of these towers. Castleton Tower – the most popular route, the Kor – Ingalls (5.9) is one of the 50 Classic Climbs of North America. This tower sits in solitaire. From the summit one has a view overlooking hundreds of miles of desert and sky. Fine Jade (5.11a) on The Rectory is another desert classic! This route follows a beautiful crack system up the tower’s south face for an impressive four pitches. Similar to Castleton, the view from the summit is unmatched. Sister Superior – This tower sits approximately one mile north of Castleton and The Rectory and provides one of the canyon country’s finest routes, Jah Man (5.10). This route provides short pitches with short cruxes and easy rappels. Fisher Towers– Our route of choice in the Fisher Tower is Stolen Chimney (5.8 A0 or 5.11a) on Ancient Art. If you have never climbed a tower before this is the one for you! Four wonderful pitches get you over 500 feet off the deck and to the famous diving board and corkscrew summit!
Moab is a rock climbing mecca. Climbers travel from around the world to ascend the sandstone cliffs and towers. There is nowhere else on earth with a landscape similar to Moab’s. San Juan Expeditions offers guided climbing in classic areas such as Castle Valley, The Fisher Towers, Wall Street, Indian Creek and Kane Springs Canyon. The best seasons for rock climbing around Moab are Spring (March-May) and Fall (September-November).
Do you want to wire in your crack climbing skills? Come join us in the land of splitter cracks in Wingate sandstone to dial techniques from off width to finger crack climbing. Camping and climbing in The Creek over several days in the spring or fall is a quintessential American rock climbing experience. This is an experience our guides at SJE have rejoiced in for years. Climbing in The Creek for a couple days is a perfect warm up for summiting a desert tower. So come join us under the sparkling black and towering silhouettes of the desert sky!
- AMGA trained/certified guide
- Federal Land Use Surcharge (USFS/BLM)
- Rock climbing equipment (shoes, helmet, harness)
- Guide gratuity
- Food / snacks for the day
- Personal clothing (check out our recommended GEAR LIST)
- Climbers should be in good physical condition and have experience following 5.10 multi-pitch climbs.
- Consider doing a warm up day with our guides in Aspen or Durango prior!
- Your guide will reach out to you before your scheduled outing to make a plan for your day(s).
Please familiarize yourself with our Booking & Cancellation policies.
Anyone participating in our programs must fill out a Waiver beforehand. If you are under 18, please have parent/guardian complete.