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River Road Rock Climbing 


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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>

Description 

This is a big spread out area basically encompassing everything along the River Road north of Moab. The climbing is very diverse, including everything from nailups on towers, one pitch cragging, and even one of Moab's most popular bouldering areas.

Approaches range from 1 minute strolls from the car to 1 hour uphill bushwhacks through loose rock. There is a ton of new route potential here - there are at least 10 unclimbed lines for every established route.

Getting There 

All of River Road between Moab and the Dewey Bridge has climbing. Most of the time you just park in a pullout along the road.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.2 miles from here

137 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',26],['3 Stars',50],['2 Stars',40],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',5],['5.8',6],['5.9',20],['5.10',10],['5.11',12],['5.12',3],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',3],['V2-3',31],['V4-5',12],['V6-7',9],['V8-9',16],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',5],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in River Road

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for River Road:
Leftover Lover   V0 4     Boulder   Big Bend Bouldering Area : Flat Top Boulder
Center Start   V1 5     Boulder   Big Bend Bouldering Area : The Black Box
Slots of Fun   V2 5+     Boulder   Big Bend Bouldering Area : The Black Box
Brown Power   V4 6B     Boulder, 1 pitch, 10'   Big Bend Bouldering Area : Black Top Boulder
Army of Darkness    V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Big Bend Bouldering Area : Army of Darkness Boulder
Circus Trick Right   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Big Bend Bouldering Area : Chaos Boulder
The Grim Reacher   V5 6C     Boulder, 25'   Big Bend Bouldering Area : Chaos Boulder
Circus Trick   V5 6C     Boulder   Big Bend Bouldering Area : Chaos Boulder
Chaos   V8 7B     Boulder, 25'   Big Bend Bouldering Area : Chaos Boulder
Hell Belly   V10-11 8A     Boulder   Big Bend Bouldering Area : Chaos Boulder
Root Canal   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   River Road Dihedrals
Artist Tears   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C3+     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 400'   Anasazi Buttress
Spear of Destiny   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Utopia
Terma   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 330'   Utopia
Lonely Vigil   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Grade II   Lighthouse Tower
Infrared   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Big Bend Butte
The Sorcerer   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   The Sorcerer
Dolofright   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Dolomite Spire
Iron Maiden   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Lighthouse Tower
Sorcerer's Crossing   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 280'   The Sorcerer
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Featured Route For River Road
Rock Climbing Photo: The Circus Trick, shot from above, by Noah Bigwood...

Circus Trick V5 6C  UT : Moab Area : ... : Chaos Boulder
This is the arete just in sight at the right edge of the photo below, on the biggest boulder in Big Bend. Cool moves on decent holds, especially from the sit start, lead to a hard throw to a bad hold, and another hard throw to the huge jug at the lip. Very, very cool....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of River Road Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Morning Glory Arch, Negro Bill Canyon
Morning Glory Arch, Negro Bill Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: terma, on wall above north big bend boulders
terma, on wall above north big bend boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: Standard campsite view from River Road campgrounds
Standard campsite view from River Road campgrounds
Rock Climbing Photo: tjurunga, on wall above north big bend boulders
tjurunga, on wall above north big bend boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: Campsite view, River Road
Campsite view, River Road
Rock Climbing Photo: Coming off the top when my buddy snapped this glor...
Coming off the top when my buddy snapped this glor...

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