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This area is a popular destination for river folks, as it has many campsites garnished with nice sandy beaches and Precambrian gneiss outcrops. There are 3 small towers here, with routes on 2 of them. The tower on the right is Ron's Tower, named after Ron Kirk, who had a tragic accident while attempting the middle unclimbed tower.

There is quite a bit to do in this area . . . exploring, cliff jumping, fishing, lounging. It can become crowded on the weekends, but has about 10 designated campsites. Please sign up for one at the launch register. The BLM folks are doing a good job of managing a tough situation. They do not yet require a permit (thankfully), but mandate that everyone register at the launch to minimize campsite conflicts. Please follow the rules so that this area stays permit free and lightly regulated. A portable toilet and firepan are required.

Thanks to the BLM and a bunch of volunteers for cleaning up the trash, fire refuse, and killing all the tamarisk along this corridor. They have also planted over a hundred cottonwood trees recently. There are buckets at most of the sites for watering the trees. Please take a moment and water one.

Getting There 

This area is actually in Colorado, but only a couple of miles from the Utah border. Launch on the Colorado River at Loma. Float about 14 miles to the Black Rocks. These towers are obvious to the south, at the entrance to Moore Canyon.

Take out at the Westwater ranger station. Permits are required to float farther.

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Weather station 13.3 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Black Rock Towers

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Black Rock Towers:
Ron's Tower - Standard Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1     Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 160'   
Ron's Tower - Playing the Flute   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c A1     Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 165'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: North face of Ron's Tower.

Ron's Tower - Playing the Flute 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c A1  Utah : Westwater Area : Black Rock Towers
This route ascends the right hand crack system on the north face of the tower. The left hand crack is wide and appears to have been climbed (gear visible), but no information is known....[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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Rock Climbing Photo: Black Rock Towers from the east.
Black Rock Towers from the east.
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