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Castleton Tower

Castleton Tower Rock Climbing

Castleton Tower is without doubt the most famous desert tower in the world. Rising almost 1,500 feet above the surrounding desert, this vertical playground is what climber’s dreams are made of. While the tower itself is only 400 feet tall, it’s position high above the ground make it one of the iconic and picturesque towers around.

First climbed in 1961 by Huntley Ingalls and Layton Kor, Castleton now sees hundreds of ascents a year and is one of the most photographed towers in the Moab area. The summit has even been the site of everything from car commercials to base jumping descents.

While there are routes on all sides of the tower, the three most popular routes to the top are the North Chimney (5.9), the Kor-Ingalls (5.9+) and the North Face (5.11a). All three routes feature excellent climbing on beautiful Wingate Sandstone with a plethora of different sizes of crack climbing and steep face climbing.

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The Mega Classic Moab desert tower and perhaps the most famous in the world! Both the North Chimney (5.9) and Kor-Ingalls Route (5.9+) are excellent objectives.

An hour long hike takes you through drainages, shallow slot canyons, and leaves you at the base where the real fun starts. Steep exposed cracks, offwidth and chimney features, and airy climbing add to the excitement.

More information:

  • Recommended experience level: intermediate to advanced

  • This is a strenuous climb

  • Some of the best views of Moab on the most famous desert tower around

  • The North Chimney (5.9), Kor-Ingalls (5.9+), and North Face (5.11a) are 4-6 pitches

  • Priced as an Extreme 1 Day


  • Two unique routes to the summit of perhaps the most famous tower in the world!

  • Arguably the best views of the Moab Area and Castle Valley

  • Varied and unique climbing ranging from chimney/crack to exposed face climbing

Price Includes

  • A professionally trained and/or certified AMGA guide

  • All necessary climbing equipment including harnesses, helmets, climbing shoes, belay devices, ropes, and protection

  • Professional guiding and instruction throughout the entire day

Price Excludes

  • Transportation. You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from a designated meeting area

  • Gratuity

  • Personal items such as food, clothing, backpack, etc.

  • Entrance fees and parking fees (where necessary)

Rock climbing on Castleton Tower in Moab Utah


1 Person = $550*

2 People = $445*

3 People = $370*

4+ People = Please call for large group rates

*Price is per person

  • 8-10 hours in length

  • Predawn start times are normally required

  • Perfect for longer moderate routes with large approaches

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