The Fisher Towers area tops the list of must do place to visit in Moab. If you are driving from the east, turn off I-70 at Cisco and follow the Colorado River into Moab via route 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 (you may recognize Fisher Towers from the opening scene of the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember). 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.
What Makes It Great
According to the BLM “The Fisher Towers are composed of the Organ Rock Tongue of the Cutler geologic formation capped by rock of the Moenkopi formation. 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.” To learn more about the geology of the Colorado Plateau, go to the Visitor Center in Moab. They are knowledgeable, friendly and have a great selection of books. Additionally, they have clean free bathrooms, a large parking lot to meet at and potable water available 24 hours a day.
Who is Going to Love It
The trail hikes/runs more like a rollercoaster than a trail. It is a scenic, rich in variety of surfaces and the landscape is magical. It’s 2.5 miles out to the Titan. Your first time there, you may want to hike it in order to be able to take it all in. Then you can go back and run it. Be careful during precipitation runoff, falling bits of rock and extreme winds. Never underestimate the weather in Moab, it is unforgiving.
It would be hard to recommend only a sunrise or a sunset there. At sunrise, the dramatic spires are silhouetted sending God Rays of light around it. At sunset, with a vast open valley known as the Richardson Amphitheater (wide valley) who homesteaded the valley in the 1880's. Dr. Sylvester Richardson and his wife Mary Jane settled at the mouth of Professor Creek, five miles west of Fisher Towers.