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Home to the route "Cooler than Jesus," the Top of the World Overlook provides an amazing view of the Mystery Towers, the back of the Fishers, and the La Sals. It is not technically part of the Mystery Towers (it sits far above them and is solid Wingate), but is included here due to its proximity and the fact that it only has one climb (to date).

Getting There 

A separate approach than the Mystery Towers. Turn west off of 128 (River Road) bt. mile markers 29 & 30 at the Dewey Bridge Recreation Area. Immediately on your left is the Historic Dewey Bridge and a parking area. Reset your mileage here and continue on the gravel road west. This approach requires a high clearence vehicle to get all the way to the overlook, but if you make it you could practically rap off your trailer hitch into the climb.

At 4.9 miles you will get to a well-signed junction (straight is the Kokopelli Trail, right is the Top of the World Overlook). Turn right.

At 5.6 miles park you'll reach a fork with a long straight branch heading off to the right. Do not take this; continue straight (ie the left hand branch).

You'll reach the Overlook at 9.0 miles. The road gets steadily rougher, but I've seen a skilled Subaru driver take his wagon all the way to within 2 miles - not dent-free however. A stock Cherokee or similar vehicle can make it all the way albeit the driver must know what they're doing.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Top of the World Overlook

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Top of the World Overlook:
Cooler than Jesus   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
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Cooler than Jesus 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Utah : Moab Area : ... : Top of the World Overlook
I don't know if it lives up to its moniker, but it is a very cool climb nonetheless. One needs to do two double-rope raps to access the climb.From the Top of the World Overlook, walk about 15 yards to the left (east). Here you'll discover a deep cleft in the rock that goes from the edge way back and way down into the depths of the cliff. This is the chimney you'll climb out on pitch 3, assuming all else goes well. Step or jump over this hole and rap from a squat but sturdy juniper that is ab...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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By Dean Hoffman
Jul 10, 2007
Just a note about this approach, just this drive on the 5th of July, whew it was hot and I think, perhaps, the road has gotten worse. Driving a 05 Tacoma we were in for some rough driving, no major damage but there were some nervous moments. Definitely would not try this in anything other than a 4wd truck with good clearance. However the view alone was worth it all.

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