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Fisher Towers

Castle Valley, Utah

These tall, red sandstone pinnacles outside Moab are often forgotten amid their more famous neighbors.  


Moab, Utah has a surfeit of red-rock scenery in the vicinity, with Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and Dead Horse Point State Park all located in the region.

Those places are indeed gorgeous and worth attention, but they tend to attract massive crowds. Even around Moab, some places get more attention than others, and these red sandstone spires, composed of Permian Cutler Formation with a capping of Triassic Moenkopi Formation, are relatively neglected.

Perhaps it’s because they’re not a national park, or even a monument, but just a Bureau of Land Management recreation site, and on a dirt road to boot. They’re nonetheless spectacular; the tallest tower, appropriately named The Titan, stands at 900 feet and is said to be among the tallest unsupported pinnacles in the world.

A maintained trail goes a little over two miles out to a viewpoint. It is an easy to moderate level hike, where at a certain point, a short steel ladder needs to be navigated. The Fisher Towers also contain several extreme rock-climbing routes.

Know Before You Go

Fisher Towers are off Utah State Route 28 northeast of Moab. Follow SR 28 20.7 miles from its junction with US-191 in Moab, and turn right (south) on an unpaved access road that will be signed. The Towers are prominent in the distance. Follow this road a bit over two miles to a parking area.  

The road should be passable in dry weather for passenger cars. The Fisher Towers trailhead is at the parking lot.

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