2017 RV Adventure travel blog

Colorado River & Fisher Towers at Sunset.

Fisher Towers & La Sal Mountains

Fisher Towers & La Sal Mountains

Fisher Towers

Fisher Towers

Side view of Fisher Towers, glowing in the Sunset.


Fisher Towers are a series of towers made of Cutler sandstone capped with Moenkopi sandstone and caked with a stucco of red mud. The Towers are named for a miner who lived near them in the 1880s. The Towers are world-renowned as a subject for photography and for its classic rock climbing routes.

The Towers lie just south of a larger mesa which they are emerging from on a geological time scale. 1,000 feet north of the main formation there is a tower which has only partway emerged from the mesa. The Towers are composed of three major fins of rock that run from the northeast closer to the mesa out to the southwest and into a desert valley. The fins are between 1,000 and 2,000 feet long and separated from each other by about 1,000 feet. Each fin contains multiple towers, a number of which have been named.

The first time I saw Fisher Towers was in 2003. Tyler & I were rafting down the Colorado River, when our guide Mikenna, daughter of famous Utah photographer Tom Till, took our picture with FT in the background. When in Moab, visit the Tom Till Gallery; you will not be disappointed.

Also, John Ford/John Wayne filmed all the river scenes/crossings for the movie Rio Grande with Fisher Towers in the background. Yep, Rio Grande was filmed in the Moab area, not Texas. Wished it was in color!

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