Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Indian Creek
The culture of setting up ropes and sharing the climbing with everyone is strong
Close proximity to Canyonlands, Moab, Monticello and the Abajos
Indian Creek’s perfect splitter cracks call to be climbed
Indian Creek rock climbing is a crack lover’s dream. Tucked away in the Utah desert, this 26-mile corridor of sandstone is just 55 miles south of outdoor-centric Moab and 16 miles east of the stunning Canyonlands. It’s an ideal destination as a proving ground for every skill level. Get ready for challenging routes and camaraderie on the wall. Indian Creek climbing guides are invaluable seeing guidebooks on “crack size” are notorious for leading even the pros astray. All you need is one look at the legendary Needles District and you’ll see why climbers return year after year. Once you master the cracks with the experts, you’ll discover why Indian Creek is one of the best climbing destinations in Utah.
Spring and fall are ideal for climbing here
All levels, ideal for intermediate to advanced
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A Customized Day of Private Climbing With a Guide
Hone your crack climbing in Indian Creek, Utah. You’ll practice technique, learn handcrack skills and be equipped with a bevy of gear required for these famous routes. With your own private guide, the day will be based on your experience and customized to your goals. While beta and gear can vary as much as one person’s hand size to another’s, this is exactly why you have an expert guide to prepare you for the route.
Crack Climbing With a Private Guide
Your choices are endless with miles of cliff bands filled with crack climbing routes! Spend your day learning the fundamentals of climbing parallel cracks. Once you’ve mastered crack climbing, try climbing the massive walls to the entrance of the infamous Needles District. If your goal is to perfect your crack-climbing skills, a stop at Indian Creek is a must. Join your guide for a day of climbing in the mecca of crack climbs!
Meet your guides
The Mountain Guides
The Mountain Guides
Red River AdventuresRed River Adventures
Red River Adventures
1000% recommend. Even if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for on their website, give them a call!! They may be able to accommodate.
My girlfriend and I called Red River asking for a half-day of instruction for installing our own outdoor top-roping anchors for rock climbing. Even though that specific activity didn’t exist on the site, Carl happily agreed to teach us at a reasonable rate.
He met us in Wasatch and provided outstanding instruction. The whole experience was safe, educational, and a total delight. It was exactly what we were looking for.
Carl is a great teacher and a great guide to spend some time with. We highly recommend Red River Adventures.
We booked 3 trips with Red River Adventures while visiting Moab in August 2019. We were very fortunate to have the same guide for our family for each trip. A big shout out to Mary who made our trip so much fun. She made us feel right at home and her extensive knowledge not only of the area but her technical knowledge within each excursion (Canyoneering, Rafting and Rock Climbing) made us feel safe, secure and well instructed the entire time. Mary was patient and encouraging making sure we all had successes to celebrate! Mary took the time to explain everything she was doing and why she was doing it, then she had us practice and replicate the steps. That made us feel very confident especially during the rock climbing excursion. We had an awesome time and highly recommend Red River Adventures when visiting Moab.
We did a single day or rock climbing near Jackson with Betsy. She took the time to assess our skill and experience, as well as our preferences, to pick out some routes that were well suited for us. During every climb, Betsy helped out with just the right level of guidance, and was very encouraging when we found ourselves feeling challenged.
We would definitely come back to JHMG for another day of climbing, or maybe even a longer trip.
My fiancé and I had an 8 hour rock climbing day trip with Porter, a 22/23 year old experienced climber. First of all, he asked what we wanted to get out of the day. We have climbed indoors and repelled waterfall, but we wanted to learn how to belay and gain confidence OUTDOORS. He made us feel safe and turned us beginners into intermediate climbers. When I felt fulfilled, Porter continued to teach Nick some skills and set up more difficult climbs! Great company with many knowledgeable employees.
We had an amazing day rock climbing the entire family incl our 7 and 10 year old daughters. The team in the office was very friendly and flexible and our guide Collin was amazing! He really knows how to create trust with kids and is overall extremely good at teaching at all levels. We have had many guides (skiing etc.) before and Collin is the best guide we have ever had. Thanks to him our kids can not wait to get back on the rock. Can highly recommend this company!!
Things to know
Covid measures in Indian Creek
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 travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Indian Creek, please refer to the Discover Moab or Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment 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 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
- All technical climbing gear
What’s not included:
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
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.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
No prior experience is necessary. Whether you’ve never donned a harness or you’re a seasoned climber, a guide will help you meet your individual objectives. Above all, your instructor’s number one priority is your safety. As long as you listen to the given instructions, you’ll succeed in completing your climb.
Indian Creek 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!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Indian Creek 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.
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
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 age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- Group sizes are between 1–3 people with one guide, but you can also go with a larger group of up to 6 people per guide.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
- Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
- The minimum age limit is 8 years old. Parents or guardians need to consider the level of previous experience the child has had. Use a high level of judgement concerning the child’s preparedness.
- For most options, kids aged 8 and up can go out and try climbing!
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
Getting to Indian Creek is pretty easy — you simply fly into Grand Junction, Denver or Salt Lake City and drive to Moab, approximately 100 miles round trip from the crags. Car rentals are available at all nearby airports.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, usually in Moab or at the park’s entrance. The exact climbing location will be discussed after booking, as guides make that decision after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.