Welcome to the iconic Castleton Tower, the unrivaled pinnacle of desert tower climbing in the heart of Moab. Standing tall at 1,500 feet above the surrounding desert floor, this monolithic rock formation is a testament to nature’s grandeur. Despite its actual height being 400 feet, the tower’s sheer prominence has elevated it to legendary status within the climbing community, drawing enthusiasts from around the world seeking its challenges and rewards.
Climbing lore traces back to Castleton’s first ascent in 1961 by Huntley Ingalls and Layton Kor, marking the genesis of its iconic status. Over the years, it has become a pilgrimage site for climbers, witnessing numerous ascents annually and earning its place as one of the most photographed towers in Moab. Its soaring summit has not only been a stage for climbers but has also lent its backdrop to diverse endeavors, from cinematic car commercials to adrenaline-pumping base jumping descents.
Choose your adventure among the famed routes to the top: the classic North Chimney (5.9), the challenging Kor-Ingalls (5.9+), or the adventurous North Face (5.11a). Each route offers a thrilling mix of crack climbing, offwidth challenges, and exhilarating face climbs on the stunning Wingate Sandstone, providing a varied and unforgettable climbing experience.
The journey to Castleton Tower’s base is an experience in itself—a scenic hour-long hike through captivating drainages and shallow slot canyons. As climbers approach the base, the anticipation builds, preparing them for the real adventure—ascending steep, exposed cracks and chimney features while surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Moab’s desert landscape. Castleton Tower isn’t just a climb; it’s an emblem of Moab’s climbing legacy, inviting adventurers to partake in its rich history, challenging routes, and awe-inspiring vistas, leaving an indelible mark on every climber’s journey.
- Recommended experience level: intermediate – advanced
- Crack climbing experience is required. Don’t have any? Check out our Crack Climbing Course
- Maximum group size of 2