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Mars Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,560'
Location: 38.5714, -109.5815 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: slim, Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Tom Perkins on Jun 19, 2009

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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 MORE INFO >>>


The rock on Mars is dark red Wingate, vertical with overhanging sections. The routes are well bolted and ranging from 40' to 95' in length.

Getting There 

Use the same approach as The Scar (Potash Road) but head right when meeting the cliff band. There is a trail. Approach time is approximately 15 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.9 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mars

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mars:
Androids   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Tax Free $   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 95'   
Puss in Boots   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Free Beer   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Hubble   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 95'   
Alien Abduction   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   
Propulsion   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
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Featured Route For Mars
Rock Climbing Photo: Hubble, 5.11+.

Hubble 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  Utah : Moab Area : ... : Mars
Located on the right side of the wall by the big block. Climbs dihedrals, left then right facing. Long, fun climb!! ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mars from Potash Road.
BETA PHOTO: Mars from Potash Road.
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By Geoff Unger
From: Moab, UT
Nov 18, 2009
I noticed that the development of this crag entailed the use of some sealant on the hand and foot holds. I am guessing that this was used to help preserve the rock. I have not seen this in use before in the desert. It seems that we just take it as a matter of course that climbs change and erode over time. It will be interesting to see if this technique helps to slow the erosion/hold breaking process.
By Jase
From: Travelling
Apr 10, 2010
This is a great little crag. The approach, while not quite as short as Wall Street (ha ha), is easy, the rock is nice, the bolting is excellent, and the routes I climbed were really fun. I'd like to do more if I'm ever in the area again.
By Jesse Zacher
From: Grand Junction, Co
Nov 4, 2010
Maybe there could be a bit more for the Approach description. Is this before you reach any of the first climbs, and after the superfund dump?
By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Nov 5, 2010
After the superfund site a ways, but well before any of the other wall street climbs. The wingate band that is up on the hill starts to angle down to the road. Before it meets the road there is a pullout on the left (heading toward wall street.) Park here and pick up a faint trail on the other side of the road. Take the photos here with you to orient to where the climbing is on the wall.
By Ryan Nelson 1
From: Missoula, Montana
Mar 24, 2015
I went to Mars yesterday and there looks to be a few new routes by the tower(far right)... any info on those would be great.
Ryan :)
By MaryH.
From: Carbondale, CO
May 9, 2015
Fun spot for a quick pump. The .12a in the middle of the wall was the best route we did, out of the 5 we climbed. Karl Kelly's new "High on Moab" guidebook is a great reference to this area (& many others), & has all the beta on the more recent additions to this wall.

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