fishers towers

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Fishers towers is one of my absolute favourite places.  I’ve been back on three different roadtrips, and will be back on many more.  It is a quick and gorgeous drive on the 128 from Moab, Utah.  You can explore endlessly, climb, and hike everywhere.  The colorado river is just on the other side of Professor Valley, and there are lots of good, cheap campgrounds, (Hal Canyon has an awesome rope swing over the river!) or you can camp right at the towers.  I cant wait to go back when i have time to spent a couple weeks exploring the whole place and really soak it in. :)

In the Shadow of the Cobra

Castle Valley, Utah

Rock climbers make it to the top of the red rock spires of Fisher Towers in the Castle Valley area near Moab, Utah. The silhouetted rock formation to the left is called The Cobra. Unfortunately, the balanced rock no longer sits atop the formation. It is believed a lightning strike was the cause of its demise.

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#traveltuesday – beautiful new shots from Moab taken last weekend by BLMer Bob Wick.

Corona Arch in Utah is a free standing arch with a 140 by 105 foot opening. Corona and adjoining Bowtie Arch are a popular hike located just 20 minutes from Moab.  The 1.5 mile trail climbs 400 feet. Note that there are two short stretches of steeper slick rock, but cables and footholds are provided.

The Highway 128 corridor follows the Colorado River corridor through slick rock canyons east of Moab. The area is a recreation mecca with a paved bike trail (western part of the corridor), numerous campgrounds, trails, and flatwater boating opportunities. About 30 miles east of Moab, the canyon opens up into Castle Valley with its numerous spectacular rock formations – including Fisher Towers. The towers are renowned as photo subjects and  also provide for challenging rock climbs.  The BLM provides a picnic site at the base of the towers and a 2.2 mile trail offers close up views.  A definite bucket list location!

In southeastern Utah, a battle has been brewing between conservationists, recreationalists and resource extractionists. The pressure on all sides has increased as the stakes grow higher. At risk is the preservation of climbing in Indian Creek, Castle Valley, Fisher Towers, San Rafael Swell, Valley of the Gods, Texas and Arch Canyons, Lockhart Basin, Comb Ridge, and other remote areas collectively known as the Bears Ears region. Not only is climbing at risk but also other recreational resources, the fragile desert environment and priceless Native American heritage.

Take Action: http://www.bearsearscoalition.org/action/

Photo: Andrew Burr

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In honor of yesterday’s #GoldenGlobes!

The sun sets over the stunning Fisher Towers, a BLM National Recreation Trail and iconic hiking destination, in this photo by Jerry Sintz. The hiking trail hugs the cliffs under the soaring Fisher Towers in Utah, the tallest of which is called “The Titan”. The Fisher Towers trail is 2.2 miles long (4hrs round-trip) and features a ladder which helps hikers negotiate a difficult section. Off in the distance you see the Colorado River, Castle Valley, Fisher Mesa, and the Book Cliffs of eastern Utah.

The towers are composed of Moenkopi and Cutler sandstones, and have eroded into many fantastical shapes. Hike this trail and you’ll find yourself in a location which has “starred” in many movies and commercials, from John Wayne’s Commancheros and Wagon Train to Billy Crystal’s City Slickers II and John Carter of Mars.