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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
WET ROCK: Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN MOAB during or after rain.
RAPTOR CLOSURES: please be aware of seasonal raptor closures at the Cat Wall and Reservoir Wall. They occur annually from March 31st until August 31st. *Due to the federal hiring freeze in agencies such as the BLM of Monticello, no official closure for 2017 has been issued and the laws which have been put in place in previous years are not being enforced. Please, for the sake of fragile desert ecology, DO NOT CLIMB at stated walls. These raptors return to the same nesting sites every year to raise their nestlings.
River Tower is a 400 foot fin of Cutler Sandstone jutting from the hillside one mile north of the Fisher Towers. Although it stands alone and could be included in the River Road section of this site, I included it here because River Tower is a decidedly Fishers-like affair. The summit is protected by a Moenkopi cap rock and all the routes to date have required aid. The tower is easily visible from many points along River Road as well as from the Fisher Towers parking lot.
From Moab take River Road North to Hittle Bottom (near mile marker 23). Slightly north of here, turn right on a non-descript dirt road and follow it to its end. Park next to a juniper tree. From here there are a couple options:
A) Hike back out the dirt road a couple hundred meters and then make for the tower staying far enough away from the hillside to keep the hiking flat. (some small ridges may need to be crossed) Continue until you are looking up at the tower and pick a path up through the cliff bands.
B) Follow the trail uphill from the car and make your way in the direction of the tower. From the top of one of the small hills not far from the car, pick a path up onto the hillside and contour around to the tower staying high when presented with a choice.