of Land Management (BLM) Lands
for miles, this rock formation is reached via a 3 mile graded dirt
road that begins on Colorado River Scenic Byway 128, twenty one
miles northeast of its junction with US 191. A cluster of dark red
spires, the Towers rise from the 2,000 foot south wall of Professor
Valley. Titan is the tallest of the towers, at 900 feet. A 2.2 mile
hiking trail winds its way along the base of the towers and then
climbs to a view point overlooking the Onion Creek drainage.
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Towers Hiking Trail Brochure in Adobe PDF Format:
Riverway encompasses the public lands along the Colorado River. A number
of activities take place in this red rock haven, including river running,
technical rock climbing, scenic drives, hiking, cycling, picnicking, and
wildlife watching. The
Colorado Riverway includes the Public Lands managed by the BLM in the
- Along the Colorado River and Utah Highway
128 from Dewey Bridge to U.S. 191
- Along the Colorado River and Utah Highway
279 from Moab Valley to Potash
- Along Kane Creek Road from Moab Valley
to the block of State land south of Hunter Canyon
Click here for a map of the Colorado
- Scenic Drives - Utah's
Colorado Riverway is a scenic wonderland of colorful cliffs, river-carved
canyons, lush bottom lands, and massive sandstone spires. Highways 128
and 279 are both Utah Scenic Byways.
- Picnic Facilities - Picnic
facilities are available along Utah Highway 128 at Lion's Park, Big
Bend Recreation Site, and Hittle Bottom. No permits or fees are required
for day use at these sites.
- Hiking Trails - Along
Utah Highway 128, improved hiking trails provide access to scenic Fisher
Towers and Negro Bill Canyon. The Portal Overlook Trail (which starts
at JayCee Park and is also used by mountain bikers) and Corona Arch
Trail are located along Utah Highway 279. From the Kane Creek Road,
the Moab Rim OHV Trail takes hikers to an excellent viewpoint of Moab
Valley and the unimproved Hunters Canyon Trail follows a seasonal stream
along the bottom of a serpentine canyon bottom.
- Mountain Bike Trails -
Mountain bike routes accessible from the Riverway include: Kokopelli's
Trail, the Onion Creek Road, and the Porcupine Rim Trail (bottom) from
Utah Highway 128; the Poison Spider Mesa, Long Canyon, and Potash trails
from Utah Highway 279, and the Moab Rim, Pritchett Canyon, and Hurrah
Pass trails from the Kane Creek Road.
- Off-highway Vehicle Trails
- The trailheads for several four-wheel drive trails are located within
the Riverway. These trails provide access to Poison Spider Mesa, Long
Canyon, the Moab Rim, and Pritchett Canyon. The Potash Trail, which
begins at the western end of Utah Highway 279, goes along a bench below
Dead Horse Point State Park to the Shafer and White Rim Trails in Canyonlands
National Park. The Onion Creek Road can be driven in dry conditions
with a high clearance vehicle. The Kane Creek Canyon trails, may be
driven with care by visitors with passenger cars to where it crosses
- River Running - Rafting,
kayaking, and canoeing take place on the Colorado River from late spring
through early fall. From Dewey Bridge to Onion Creek the river is calm.
There are rapids from Onion Creek to Big Bend Recreation Site. Depending
on season and flows, you may encounter rapids ranging from Class I to
Class IV. From Big Bend Rapid to Potash at the western end of the Riverway,
there are no rapids, but there is a fast water section for about 1/2
mile below Big Bend. Launch areas (upstream to downstream) are located
at: Dewey Bridge, Hittle Bottom, Rocky Rapid, Sandy Beach, Take-out
Beach, and the Moab Boat Dock (opposite Lion's Park on the north side
of the river). The Potash Boat Ramp at MGM Bottom, located about 2 miles
below the potash plant, is the last take-out above Hite on Lake Powell.
Camping is permitted only at improved sites
with camping facilities managed for overnight use and at designated, undeveloped
camp sites. Camping at all sites is limited to 14 days within a 30 day
period. Fees are charged for campgrounds and semi-developed campsites.
- Campgrounds have graveled roads, toilets,
tables, parking areas, fire rings with grills, information boards, and
self-service pay stations.
- Semi-developed Camping Areas have simple
toilets, metal fire rings, parking barriers, an information board and
self-service pay stations.
- Designated, Undeveloped Camping Areas
- Designated, undeveloped camping areas are identified by brown flexible
posts with tent symbols. No facilities are provided at these sites except
for fire rings. Primitive camping is allowed only at these designated
locations. Portable toilets are required for these sites.
- Group Sites - The group sites at Goose
Island and Big Bend, on Utah Highway 128, and Goldbar, on Utah Highway
279 are available on an advance reservation basis. Group Camping Information
- Commercial Campgrounds and Lodging - Public
land camping is limited. To assure yourself of a space, consider making
a reservation at a private campground or lodging establishment in the
here for a complete list of BLM camping areas.
Disabled Persons Access
Accessible group areas, campsites and day-use
facilities are being developed at the Big Bend Recreation Site. Construction
of an accessible viewpoint is planned at Fisher Towers. Call the Moab
BLM office for status, at (435) 259-2100. Campgrounds and most developed
day-use sites have accessible toilets. Access to these toilets and adjacent
parking is not difficult at most sites.
Treated drinking water is not available anywhere
within the Riverway. Matrimony Spring, located along Utah Highway 128
just upstream from the Colorado River Bridge, is a source of untreated
water. All untreated water should be filtered or chemically treated prior
Day Use Areas
No overnight camping is permitted at:
- Negro Bill Canyon Trailhead
- Big Bend Beach & Picnic Area
- Take-out Beach
- Sandy Beach
- Rocky Rapid
- Hittle Bottom (outside of the camping
When visiting the Riverway, please
follow these rules:
- Camping is permitted only at improved
recreation sites with facilities managed for overnight use and
at designated undeveloped campsites.
- Portable toilets are required for
overnight use of designated, undeveloped campsites. Toilets may
include either a washable, reusable toilet system such as a "porta-pottie",
or in the case of recreational vehicles, a holding tank.
- Solid human body waste must be disposed
of out of the Riverway using authorized sewer systems, i.e., at
recreational vehicle dump stations or by flushing down sewer lines.
- Visitors must pack out all trash
and dispose of it properly.
- Campfires are limited to metal fire
rings at improved sites and existing rock rings at designated,
undeveloped sites. Barbecue grills and metal fire pans may also
be used. Do not put cans, bottles,
aluminum foil, and other non-burnable items into your fire as
these items foul the fire pit. Do not extinguish a campfire with
soil as it will make it difficult for the next visitor to use
the same fire ring. Allow wood to burn to ash and douse the fire
with water, then stir it until it is completely out. Fire
pans should be at least 24 inches in diameter and have a 3 inch
lip. Set the pan on rocks a couple of inches above the ground
so that the heat from the fire does not scar the soil. Take care
of cold ashes by transferring them to a trash bag for proper disposal.
- Wood collection for fires is limited
to drift wood.
- Vehicle use is limited to existing
roads and trails. Drivers must adhere to posted travel restrictions.
The creation of new informal
travel routes is unsightly and ecologically destructive. Take
care to avoid crushing fragile cryptobiotic soil (the black or
brown crusty "stuff" between the rocks and vegetation).
This soil nurtures vegetation and reduces erosion.
These rules are necessary to maintain
the quality of the Riverway as a recreation destination and for
public health and safety. Violators may be cited.
Safe, Not Sorry
- Swimming in the Colorado River is
not recommended due to currents and hidden hazards. If you must
swim, wear a life jacket.
- Never dive into the river. Underwater
hazards are hidden by the muddy water.
- Take a hat, sunscreen and clothing
appropriate for the weather and planned activities.
- Drink plenty of water during warm
- Be wary of the Riverway's natural
hazards, such as cliff rims, steep slopes, and thorny plants.
Rattlesnakes and scorpions exist in the area, but are seldom seen.
All snakes should be avoided, not killed.
Consider participating in a guided
group event or outing. Guides can provide the equipment needed for
low-impact use, and they are familiar with the terrain and available