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River Tower

Utah > Southeast Utah > Fisher Towers
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 Details


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.

Getting There

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.

Routes from Left to Right

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A nice looking anchor we found at the base of a new route on River.
[Hide Photo] A nice looking anchor we found at the base of a new route on River.
Le Routes
[Hide Photo] Le Routes
Some new-routing going on.
[Hide Photo] Some new-routing going on.
River Tower from the North
[Hide Photo] River Tower from the North

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[Hide Comment] If you were to climb the Flow, do you rap the route? Sep 23, 2013
Joe Forrester
Palo Alto
[Hide Comment] Yeah, it is pretty easy to rap down the route. Sep 27, 2013
[Hide Comment] how long does the approach take now that the road is closed? Nov 11, 2013
Joe Forrester
Palo Alto
[Hide Comment] It is pretty quick, 45 min or less. Nov 12, 2013