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Fisher Towers

Fisher Towers

Located about 22 miles (35.4 km) northeast of Moab along the spectacular Colorado River corridor are the impressive sandstone monoliths of Fisher Towers. The Fisher Towers area is a popular destination for hikers and climbers. The towers and spires of Fisher Towers put on a spectacular show when sunlight bathes the towers in changing hues of brilliant red and orange as the sun sets.

Directions: To get there: Drive north from Moab on U.S. 191 for about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the junction with Utah Scenic Byway 128. Turn right onto Highway 128 and drive east 22 miles along the Colorado River. At the campground sign, turn right and drive 2.2 miles on the gravel road to the campground, parking area, and Fisher Towers trailhead.

Fisher Towers Campground

The Fisher Towers campground has 5 individual sites suitable for tent camping (no trailers or RVs) on a first-come, first-served basis. Sites include picnic tables and fire grills. There is no water at the site, but there is a toilet. The fee is $20 per camping site per night, payable at self-service fee station (cash or check only).

Fisher Towers Trail

The popular Fisher Towers Trail gives you close-up views of the impressive towers and spectacular distant views of the Colorado River, Castle Valley, Fisher Mesa, and the Book Cliffs. The trailhead is just beyond campground and parking area.
Length of Hike: 4.4 miles (7 km) round trip. Allow 3-4 hours.
Difficulty: Moderate
Description: This trail has a western exposure with no real shade and can be hot on summer afternoons. Mountain bikes and motorized vehicles are not allowed on this trail. Pets are allowed but must be leashed. Bring plenty of water, use sunscreen, and wear a hat.
Route Description: From the parking lot (please sign in at register box), the trail goes down a short set of steps and then runs to the left out onto a small slickrock-covered ridge. Follow the ridge away from the main cliffs until just after it narrows and then go left down into the ravine through a small cut on the left side of the ridge.
From the bottom of the ravine, the trail heads steeply up and then begins to wind directly beneath the Fisher Towers. After swinging around the largest tower, The Titan, the trail ascends and ends on up to a ridge that gives you nearly 360-degree views of the Colorado River to the south, Castleton Tower and the Priest to the west, a view back to Fisher Towers to the east and the Book Cliffs to the north. Return the way you came.
The Fisher Towers are composed of Moenkopi and Cutler sandstones, and have eroded into many fantastical shapes. The Towers are isolated remnants of a 225 million-year-old floodplain deposit of the Uncompahgre highland, which was located in western Colorado. When the Colorado Plateau was uplifted, salt deposits underlying this region buckled, warped and collapsed. Subsequent erosion caused the formation of valleys and cliff escarpments.