Rock climbing—or simply climbing, as most who do it call it—is an integral part of Moab culture. The area’s rock walls and towers bring climbers from around the world, and a surprising number end up sticking around.
Outfitters and Expeditions
Desert Highlights. This guide company takes adventurous types on descents and ascents through canyons (with the help of ropes), including those found in the Fiery Furnace at Arches National Park. Full-day and multiday canyoneering treks are available to destinations both inside and outside the national parks. Desert Highlights does not offer guided rock climbing. 50 E. Center St., Moab, Utah, 84532. 435/259–4433; 800/747–1342; www.deserthighlights.com. From $120.
Moab Cliffs & Canyons. In a town where everyone seems to offer rafting and 4X4 expeditions, Moab Cliffs & Canyons focuses exclusively on canyoneering, climbing, and rappelling—for novice and veteran adventurers. This is the outfitter that provided technical assistance to the crew on the movie 127 Hours. 253 N. Main St., Moab, Utah, 84532. 435/259–3317; 877/641–5271; www.cliffsandcanyons.com. From $84.
Pagan Mountaineering. Climbers in need of gear and advice on local terrain should chat up the friendly staff here. 59 S. Main St., No. 2, Moab, Utah, 84532. 435/259–1117; www.paganmountaineering.com.