Every year climbers from around the world converge on southeast Utah and southwest Colorado. This guide covers climbs east of the Colorado River in the Moab area including climbing areas such as Castle Valley, the Fisher Towers, Onion Creek and Colorado National Monument. B&W maps, topos and photos combine with written descriptions of some 500 routes, gear lists and first ascent information.
Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. Sheer-walled canyons, towering monoliths, colorful formations, desert, bighorn sheep, soaring eagles and a spectacular road reflect the environment and history of the plateau-and-canyon country. Historic Rim Rock Drive offers 23 miles of breathtaking panoramic views and numerous overlooks. Trails lead across mesa tops and to spectacular overlooks or into backcountry canyons. Picnicking and camping are available. At an average elevation of 6000 feet at the rim the climate is relatively mild but can change rapidly to snow or summer storms. Around 275,000 people per year visit Colorado National Monument to enjoy these and other opportunities. The monument encompasses some 20,500 acres and much of which has been recommended to Congress for designation as wilderness.