Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Indian Creek
Enjoy a satisfying variety of high-quality crack climbing routes
Experience camping under the endless Utah skies
Immerse yourself in the stunning landscape of Canyonlands National Park
Set in San Juan’s canyonlands, in the northern part of The Bears Ears National Monument, Indian Creek is widely known as U.S. crack climbing’s ground zero. For ages now, the location’s iconic sandstone splitters have served as a proving ground for ambitious climbers of all skill levels. And once you master the basics of crack climbing and learn to ignore the questionable grades, you are in for one of the most nuanced and thrilling climbing experiences of your life! The fact that the routes are surrounded by the stunning views of the Canyonlands National Park and are only a short drive from the outdoor hot spot of Moab is just a very welcome bonus. Head to “the Creek” for some of the best crack climbing you’ll ever experience. Find out more about crack climbing in Indian Creek from Cody Bradford, AMGA Certified Guide and 57hours Ambassador.
March through June, September through November
Moab, UT is 1 hour away from Indian Creek
Intermediate to advanced
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Indian Creek 3-Day Crack Climbing Camp
Indian Creek crack climbing clinics are jam packed with technique, gear, and plain old rock-climbing adventure. Best for 5.9+ climbers, you’ll walk away with required crack skills such as rescue and retreat, movement, leading, anchoring and more. Spend your days climbing a variety of high-quality cracks in the Moab-Indian Creek area, and your evenings hanging out with good friends under the stars. You’ll find various parts of your body jammed in sandstone splitters during your time there and you can be sure that you will leave with some of the best climbing memories of your life and a burning desire to return!
Meet your guide
Red River Adventures
Great climbing trip – really helped me succeed on a few climbs that were right at the edge of my ability. Provided lots of info and help. Some fun, easier climbs to build confidence and then some more challenging ones to make the trip a real memory-builder. Bring your mental toughness, but there’s no wrong answer when they ask if you want to try… A1 experience!
Our daughter also went climbing with guide Mary, who was a great teacher for our daughter on her first crack climb, a 5.8! Also another 5.10. our daughter climbs regularly in a gym. Mary helped her adapt to the different styles of climbing, slab and crack climbing. We would also note that we took Mary’s suggestions on restaurants and she was 3 for 3. All around a great outfitter we would highly recommend.
Things to know
Covid measures in Indian Creek, Utah
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Indian Creek, Utah, please refer to the official Utah COVID-19 update website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- 3 full days of climbing
- All technical climbing gear
- Tents, pads, and sleeping bags if packing light
- Transportation from Moab to Indian Creek
- High-quality pictures taken by a professional photographer
What’s not included:
- Food and snacks — you’ll need to bring your own food but an onsite kitchen and coolers will be provided
- Transportation to Moab
- Accommodation prior and after the camp
How fit do I need to be?
Indian Creek crack climbing clinics are designed for climbers comfortable on 5.9 and above, who want to take climbing to a new level. You’ll get a low student to instructor ratio for personalized guidance.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
This three-day crack clinic is geared for climbers who are comfortable climbing 5.9 and above. They are meant to develop existing skills that will take your trad and crack climbing to the next level. If you’re new to climbing, but want private instruction, a customized day with a private guide is the way to go.
What about required equipment?
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
- Tents — provided by guide
- Pads — provided by guide
- Sleeping pads — provided by guide
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The group size for this climb is usually between 1–4 people with one guide.
- Costs per person decrease for groups of 10 or more climbers, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days in Indian Creek can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- The minimum age limit for this crack climbing camp is 16 years old.
- Minors younger than 16 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 16, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Indian Creek, most people fly into Salt Lake City International Airport. From there, you can take a shuttle or rent a car for a 4,5-hour drive to Moab. You can also fly into Denver International Airport and take a direct local flight to Moab, or take a local flight to Grand Junction Colorado Airport and rent a car or take a shuttle for a 2-hour drive to Moab. Your guide will arrange for a carpool to take you from Moab to your campsite.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop in Moab or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.