Go Play: Explore Utah’s Fisher Towers Recreation Area west of Grand Junction
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Get on Interstate 70 heading west into Utah. Then follow I-70 west to UT-128. Take exit 214. Next follow UT-128 to Fisher Towers Road, which will take you to Fisher Towers Recreation Area and campground.
Fisher Towers Recreation Area, located about an hour and 30 minutes west of Grand Junction in Utah, is a climbers mecca. Mud towers, many skyscraper height, dot the otherwise barren landscape.
“You can camp right at the base of the towers at a great little campground,” said Chad Thatcher, Colorado Mesa University’ Outdoor Program director. “Just turn off Highway 128. The climbing is not too hard. Ancient Art is a 5.10 climb and has some pretty good rock. However the towers around them are classic towers normally using aid gear in very unstable rock.”
Climbers should watch out for rain if they plan to climb a tower for instance. Since these rock formations are primarily made of mud, precipitation will make them unstable.
Fisher Towers Recreation Area isn’t just for thrill seekers, however. There is plenty to do and see for hikers and campers.
“I also love to just roam around the towers,” Thatcher said. “It’s a must-stop [place] on any trip to Moab.”
According to the Bureau of Land Management website, “Fisher Towers Campground is located 22 miles from Highway 191 on Highway 128. It is a small five-site campground suitable for tent camping. Large vehicles, trailers, and RVs cannot be accommodated. There is a hiking trail (2.2 miles one-way) which winds around the base of Fisher Towers. Climbers also find challenge in ascending the towers. The views of the Colorado River Basin, including Castle Rock, are stunning. Nighttime brings excellent star viewing opportunities. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.”
The fee per camping site is $15 and toilets are available.
While exploring Fisher Towers Recreation Area, one should also make a point to stop at the historic Dewey Bridge, which burned down in 2008. Its metal structure still remains, though it was never reconstructed. It was thought to be the longest existing suspension bridge made of wood in Utah.
For more information, visit http://www.discovermoab.com/pdf/fishertowers.pdf.
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