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Upper Dakota Crag
> Southeast Utah
> La Sal Mountains
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.
Starting in the beautiful Goldbasin Area, this is simply the upper entrance to the fantastic Dakota Crag.
From the Moab Information Center, drive south 7.8 mi on US191 and turn left at sign that points to La Sal Loop Road. After 0.6 miles, turn right at the T intersection and continue up the La Sal Loop road for 10.8 miles to turn right onto Geyser Pass Rd. Drive 5.5 miles and turn right onto FR171/Goldbasin Road. Drive another 1.1 miles to a sharp left switchback and park in a small clearing in the trees. The foot path begins descending immediately from the parking area through the Aspens just below treeline and eventually to the base of the climbs. 5 minute approach.
Consider using the pit toilet near the lower parking area and use a carry-out LNT ethic for solid human waste.