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Description 

This area is "a beautiful canyon" (Paul Ross) off of state highway 191 immediately southeast of Wilson arch. The area is very peaceful, pristine, full of slickrock and playful rock formations. Five Entrada sandstone towers can be found here. Mid height vehicles can make it back here. (ie- Forester = no problem)

Getting There 

Immediately south of the Wilson arch rest/view area is a turn off between mile markers 99 and 100. Turn east onto this gravel road. As some buildings come into view ahead, there will be a gate to your right. Again, turn east (right) through this gate, please close it, and continue on this road until it dead ends at a large parking lot. A "road" does continue but park here. To reach Tranquility Tower, the largest tower to the north, follow this road which will turn into a path.

Climbing Season



Weather station 16.2 miles from here

4 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Joe Wilson Canyon:
King Arthur's Seat   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 190'   
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Brad getting ready for the pillar and horizontal free climbing on the first pitch.

Feeding the Rat 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2 PG13  UT : Moab Area : ... : Joe Wilson Canyon
Feeding the Rat is located on the southwest prow of the tower. It is on the edge you seen from the parking lot. Pitch 0- Scramble up to a large ledge on the shoulder of the tower.Pitch 1- Climb a pillar-like (very soft) formation 20 feet to an obvious horizontal crack. Traverse out crack left to an uncomfortable natural belay below small crack. 5.7 C1+ 40 feetPitch 2- Aid up tiny blue and black alien crack straight off belay. Follow this crack for 30 feet to pins and bolts. Follow bolts and stud...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of Joe Wilson Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Looking down Joe Wilson Canyon.
Looking down Joe Wilson Canyon.
Tranquility Tower and Queens View.
Tranquility Tower and Queens View.
Another view of Tranquility Tower
BETA PHOTO: Another view of Tranquility Tower

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By Matt Pickren
Jun 12, 2012
Just curious as to who added the nice shiny bolts to Moby Dick's head in the last few months? I know there where no bolts earlier this spring. Is it now doable without the need of pins?