Guided Climbing The Priest Tower In Moab, UT

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The Priest is a favorite tower within Castle Valley, standing alone just to the left of the Rectory and from many angles, resembling a Priest. An advanced tower, the route “The Honeymoon Chimney” goes at 5.11a. This is a full-day trip sure to satisfy your crack climbing cravings!

The first pitch goes at 5.9 and is a squeezy offwidth (knee pads supplied and required!). The second pitch is a large chimney requiring various forms of stemming. The third pitch, the crux, starts off with stemming and transitions into a transfer from one side of the tower to the other onto some 5.11a sport moves. The final pitch is a 5.8 hand crack to the summit, supplying views of Castleton Tower and the LaSal Mountains.

This is a fabulous tower for experienced climbers who want to up their game and have a widely varied tower experience.


  • $325 / person for one person*
  • $240 / person for 2 people
  • $268 / person for 3 people – 2 Guides

* If another joins this group, your price will drop to reflect the two-person rate.

Transportation Fee:  $35
Due to the small size of tower-climbing groups (1-2 people), we do not normally provide transportation to the tower (our guide will ride in your car). We can provide transportation, if needed, at an additional cost.

Private or Chartered Guide

$90 / person added to your cost ensures that no one else will join your party, providing your group with more time for discussion and one-on-one instruction from our professional guides who specialize in the safest climbing/canyoneering techniques as well as the local natural history, geology, flora, and fauna.

Trip Overview

  • Duration:  6-9 hours
  • Drive from Moab:  30 minutes
  • Season:  all year
  • Max. guide to client ratio:  1:2
  • Technical:  5.8 to 5.11a, advanced climbing, very airy exposure with 4 pitches of climbing

What you can expect to learn

  • Review of basic climbing equipment-use and techniques
  • Anchoring for multi-pitch climbs
  • Following and cleaning gear
  • Anchoring, knots and rope management
  • Handling the height and exposure of a multi-pitch route
  • Rappelling

Skill & Fitness Level

  • Moderate/Advanced fitness required
  • Must be able to climb at 5.11a sport-climbing level
  • Must enjoy the challenge of being in a high and airy place

What to Bring

We provide

  • Snacks (granola bars, peanuts, etc)
  • Drinking water
  • Climbing shoes
  • All of the high quality technical gear you will need for climbing*

*If you do have and would prefer to use your own climbing harness, shoes, and/or chalk bag, please do so. Otherwise, we provide these items for you.

What you should wear

  • For the approach, shoes with a soft, flexible sole, such as running shoes or lightweight hiking shoes
  • No open-toed sandals, please
  • Clothes that are light-weight and loose fitting to allow you flexibility and freedom of movement
  • Clothes that are suitable for the season

Other items we recommend that you bring

  • Sun screen
  • Lip balm
  • Brimmed hat
  • Light long-sleeve shirt (for sun protection)
  • Sun glasses
  • Light rain gear
  • Camera
  • Extra snacks if you get really hungry, are a growing teenager, or have dietary restrictions or allergies

Departure Times

All trips depart from our office at 253 North Main, Moab, UT. See location on Google map

Departure times for this trip vary with the season, but usually begin quite early in the morning. Call to arrange details: 435-259-3317 or 1-877-641-5271.