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Elevation: 4,776 ft
GPS: 38.47567, -109.91054
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Warning Access Issue: RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek DetailsDrop down

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These Towers are composed of Wingate Sandstone and offer some fantastic crack climbing. In general, the free routes here are 5.10 or harder.

From a parking area just beyond the Taylor Canyon campsite, follow an obvious cairned trail up the talus cone to the base of the tower. Moses is the largest and most obvious tower.

You can almost walk entirely around the Moses/Thracian Mare formations, except for a major cliff on the east end of the formation. Keep this in mind when approaching various routes.

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Moses and accompanying towers are located in Taylor Canyon, which is accessible from the western end of the White Rim Trail. The road up Taylor Canyon wasn't always so good, and the first climbers in this area approached by driving an obscure 4WD road off the Mineral Bottom road to get near the north rim of Taylor Canyon, where they would do several raps into the canyon. It was quite a long day rapping down, climbing Moses, and then jumaring back out. Fortunately more modern climbers can drive quite close to Moses even without a SUV.

Drive on highway 313 into the Island In the Sky. Just before the 10 mile mark, turn right at a major junction towards "Mineral Bottom" (this is just before the Gemini Bridges trailhead). After 13.2 miles of washboard, the road suddenly dives steeply down 2000 feet to the Green River. Do not drive down this hill if significant rain or snow is forecast, you will never get back up until things dry out.

At the bottom of the hill, turn left and continue west and south along the banks of the Green River, and 2.5 miles after the National Park boundary sign, turn left up Taylor Canyon. Drive about 5 sandy miles up Taylor Canyon to the campsite. Reserve this campsite well in advance as it is generally full during high season.

The road up Taylor Canyon can be rough depending on the last flash flood, but is generally passable by 2WD cars with modest clearance or short enough wheelbase. Be sure to carry a shovel in case you need to level out the road.

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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
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5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
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5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
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Dunn Route
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 5 pitches
Primrose Dihedrals
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad 7 pitches
Pale Fire
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad 4 pitches
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