North American Classic Climbs

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Moses Tower

Primrose Dihedrals One of the top 25 routes in this collection!

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Moses is the most impressive tower of several in a beautiful region of Canyonlands National Park. This route is considered by many to be the finest desert climb in the American Southwest. The most common scenario involves climbing the route free except for the bolt ladder on pitch 5, which bypasses the 5.11+ offwidth. The first short 5.11 pitch is also frequently avoided by traversing in from the saddle (see guide.) Done in this fashion, the climbing is typified by long difficult (5.10) finger and hand cracks and dramatic liebacks.


Lowland Rock (crag)




Canyonlands Nat'l Park, Utah, USA



G7, G39, I10


IV, 5.8A3 to 5.11+


Route Descriptions & Maps:

Route diagramUSGS topographic map

First Ascent:

First Free Ascent:

E. Webster (solo), 4/79.
E. Webster, S. Hong, 10/79.


Trip Reports:

Clark 5/98
Bell 3/99