Ancient Arts Fischer Tower - Climbing

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Ancient Arts is a desert classic. Six pitch route up a 250 ft. structure in Fisher Towers, a geologic formation that resembles drip sand castles made at the beach.

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Sallie Shatz


0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

16.7 miles


4 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

6 hours


Spring, Summer, and Fall

Dog Friendly


Dogs are allowed on BLM land but do not leave in cars unattended.

Fees Permits




Fisher Towers is of the most unique set of spires, walls and towers. Visually, they resemble drip castles made at the beach. Fisher Towers has been the site of the opening scene of the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember and the infamous climb; Ancient Arts has been defined adrenaline activity for decades.

Ancient arts is a 6-pitch 5.10d or 5.8 A0 climb. The final pitch ends with standing on top of the top of the tower.

What Makes It Great

Visually the top pitch looks like a comical, crazy about to fall down pile of junk, a vision from Dr. Seuss’s imagination. It is a popular climb and will have a line on the weekends. Helmets are a must.

Who is Going to Love It

This is a super fun climb, but you want to have your act together and not be leading in the desert for the first time nor should 5.10 d be pushing your leading level. There is a good amount of exposure on the last pitch and you don’t want to be having drama with a line of people in back of you.

A detailed description of the route and rack are in the book High on Moab by Karl Kelley available in climbing stores in town.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

If you are driving from the east, turn off I-70 at Cisco and follow the Colorado River into Moab via 128. You will never forget the moment as you weave and wind along the Colorado River and round the corner to first see Fisher Towers with the La Sal Mountains in the background, it is that magical.

The dirt road access for Fisher Towers in 16 miles northwest of Moab, Utah and is well marked. The road has recently been improved with fresh gravel and is dusty. There are some campsites at the trailhead. As a rule for camping in Moab, plan to bring your own water.

There is no fee for accessing Fisher Towers and there is parking available. Fisher Towers are on BLM land, thus dogs are allowed. Please clean up after them.


Fischer Towers

Moab, Utah,
38.724903, -109.308107

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