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The red sandstone beauty of Moab houses thousands of rock climbing routes for all ages and levels. With bountiful opportunities at your fingertips, is there a better place to hone your skills for a day than the epic Moab area? Utah’s pride and joy is defined by its widely varied climbing: from splitter cracks and epic towers up to 15.4d to some of the friendliest crags in the country. You’ll find a high concentration of routes just a stone’s throw away from downtown. Your guides will literally show you the ropes, but as a bit of extra curricular, feel free to read up on everything you need to know about rock climbing in Moab.

  • Legendary rock climbing hub boasting over a thousand routes

  • Otherworldly red rock formations suitable for all skill levels

  • Easy accessible and climbable year round

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Intro to Rock Climbing

For your first time on the crag, why not choose the best rock climbing spot in Utah, possibly the US? With its vastness and varied routes for all abilities, Moab is the perfect location to fall in love with climbing. You’ll learn all about the knots, belaying, movement, anchors, and so much more. Along with your trusted AMGA-certified guide by your side, feel the thrill of scaling up those recognizable red rocks!

Learn to Lead

So, you’re looking to master your skills, and want to lead your group to the top? Take this guided rock climbing course in Moab to feel more confident and safer on the crag. You’ll expand your knowledge of belays, discuss soft and hard catches, soft roping, utilizing rests, falling areas, and route finding. A big focus will be on rescue and retreat—assistance skills, bailing safely, and guide ATC tips and tricks. Head out to Moab for a day of learning and climbing to gather everything you need to know to be a good leader and an even better climber.

Multi-Pitch Course

If you have a solid understanding of building anchors and rappelling, upgrade your skills in Moab with this educational multi-pitch climbing adventure! Multi-pitch is a different ballgame than single-pitch climbing: there’s complex route finding, bailing safety, tricky stance management issues, and much more. Your guide is here to teach you how to abseil down, build and anchor, and carefully choose knots. Spend a full day in one of the world’s premier spots for rock climbing—Moab—and give multi-pitch climbing a go!

Intro to Traditional Climbing

This is the next step in learning how to climb. If you’ve been sport climbing and have a solid understanding of belaying, movement, anchoring, and rappelling, this rock climbing course set in Moab is for you. You’ll practice placing gear, mock lead, and move to leading pitches, all the while an AMGA-certified instructor closely monitors your progress and placements, and mentors you on trad climbing.

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Meet your guide

Red River Adventures
Red River Adventures
In business since 2003, Red River Adventures have hosted over 85,000 guests and spent over 110,000 days in the field. They have extensive knowledge of and certification in whitewater rescue, climbing safety and technique, wilderness first aid, and CPR. Red River Adventures offer services from the top of Denali to the bottom of Grand Canyon, and are happy to take you on a unique trip.
5.00 (3 reviews)
John S (source: Tripadvisor)

Our guides was outstanding and we had a great time! Two adults and a 8 and 9 year old child. Morgan was able to keep us all going and challenged, he showed great patience with our kids and we all got some climbing in. Highly recommend it, they even provided all the equipment (helmets, harnesses, and climbing shoes).

Gretchen Lieberman (source: Google Reviews)

My sons (ages 11, 14, and 18 with a range of experience) all had a fabulous morning of rock climbing with Noah M last week. He had a perfect combination of skill, safety and responsibility, and a laidback spirit that was the ticket to success for my boys. All three of them successfully scrambled up four different courses that Noah showed them how to do. They all agreed it was one of the best adventures of our 9-day trip around the region.

Stephanie D (source: Yelp)

I had the time of my life rock climbing in the Moab area, thanks to Red River Adventures. Larry, my guide, was friendly, knowledgeable, and fun. He was extremely attentive to both the technical aspects of rock climbing as well as my personal comfort level. Larry was very positive throughout the course of the day, and his passion for the sport is contagious.  I have absolutely nothing negative to say about my experience. I would highly recommend climbing Utah’s famed towers to anyone passing through the area.

Things to know

  • 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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Moab, UT, please refer to Utah’s COVID-19 Traveler Information.

    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 on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local rock climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • A half or full day of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
      • Rock climbing gear (helmet, harness, personal protective equipment)
      • Transportation from the guide’s offices to the rock climbing area

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Moab, UT
      • Accommodations
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • There’s an array of possibilities from which to choose from, ranging from beginner-friendly to advanced climbing—so if you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus, but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

  • Moab has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!

    No need to worry if you’re an intermediate or an advanced climber—Moab has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

  • 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:

      • Helmet
      • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
      • Ropes
      • 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
      • Comfortable clothing for climbing
      • Approach shoes
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For these private adventures, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 3:1.
      • The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!

    Rock climbing in Moab can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Depending on your chosen adventure, minors older than 8 may be permitted to join rock climbing 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 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Moab, most people fly into Salt Lake City International Airport, which is 4 hours away from Moab. From there, you can rent a car, take a shuttle, or take a local flight to Moab’s Canyonlands Regional Airport.

    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 or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

  • Day Trips Cancellations
    Fully refundable within the initial 48 hours from booking, unless the trip date is less than 7 days from the time of the booking.
    Cancellations up to 7 days prior to the trip date are refundable 100%.
    Cancellations within 7 days prior to the trip date are non-refundable.

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