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River Road Rock Climbing 


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Location: 38.6276, -109.4966 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Andrew Gram on May 12, 2002
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Description 

This is a big spread out area basically encompassing everything along the River Road north of Moab. The climbing is very diverse, including everything from nailups on towers, one pitch cragging, and even one of Moab's most popular bouldering areas.

Approaches range from 1 minute strolls from the car to 1 hour uphill bushwhacks through loose rock. There is a ton of new route potential here - there are at least 10 unclimbed lines for every established route.

Getting There 

All of River Road between Moab and the Dewey Bridge has climbing. Most of the time you just park in a pullout along the road.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.2 miles from here

162 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',27],['3 Stars',68],['2 Stars',43],['1 Star',21],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',7],['5.8',6],['5.9',21],['5.10',20],['5.11',15],['5.12',6],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',13],['V2-3',9],['V4-5',14],['V6-7',10],['V8-9',15],['V10-11',3],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in River Road

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for River Road:
Leftover Lover   V0 4     Boulder   Big Bend Bouldering Area : Flat Top Boulder
Split Decision   V1 5     Boulder, 12'   Big Bend Bouldering Area : Split Decision
Center Start   V1 5     Boulder   Big Bend Bouldering Area : The Black Box
Hueco Cranks   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   Big Bend Bouldering Area : The Hueco Traverse Boulder
Slots of Fun   V2 5+     Boulder   Big Bend Bouldering Area : The Black Box
Mr. Trujillo's Big Day   V2+ 5+     Boulder, 12'   Big Bend Bouldering Area : Flat Top Boulder
Arete Right Side   V3 6A     Boulder   Big Bend Bouldering Area : The Black Box
Arete Left Side   V3 6A     Boulder   Big Bend Bouldering Area : The Black Box
Silly Wabbit   V3+ 6A+     Boulder   Big Bend Bouldering Area : Flat Top Boulder
Brown Power   V4 6B     Boulder, 1 pitch, 10'   Big Bend Bouldering Area : Block Top Boulder
Washed Up   V4 6B     Boulder   Big Bend Bouldering Area : The Wash Boulder
Circus Trick   V5 6C     Boulder   Big Bend Bouldering Area : Chaos Boulder
Block Party   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Big Bend Bouldering Area : Block Top Boulder
Root Canal   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   River Road Dihedrals
Bloody Elbows   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad   River Road Dihedrals
Peapod Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   River Road Dihedrals
Terma   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 330'   Utopia
Spear of Destiny   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Utopia
Lonely Vigil   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 5 pitches   Lighthouse Tower
Infrared   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Big Bend Butte
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Basketball Diaries V5 6C  Utah : Moab Area : ... : Army of Darkness Boulder
Sit start on a crimp or sidepull with your left hand and the obvious low hold with your right and traverse right and go up the slightly incut rails. pretty tricky start but i have never seen anyone do it....[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

Photos of River Road Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: terma, on wall above north big bend boulders
terma, on wall above north big bend boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: Coming off the top when my buddy snapped this glor...
Coming off the top when my buddy snapped this glor...
Rock Climbing Photo: tjurunga, on wall above north big bend boulders
tjurunga, on wall above north big bend boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: Campsite view, River Road
Campsite view, River Road
Rock Climbing Photo: Standard campsite view from River Road campgrounds
Standard campsite view from River Road campgrounds
Rock Climbing Photo: Morning Glory Arch, Negro Bill Canyon
Morning Glory Arch, Negro Bill Canyon
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