Indian Creek Crack Climbs

Location Moab

Season Spring - Fall

Difficulty Moderate - Hard

Duration 1 Day


If your goal is to crack-climbing, a stop at Indian Creek is a must. Follow your guide on a tour of the world-class parallel cracks of Indian Creek. Splitter after splitter crack climbs line the massive walls to the entrance of the infamous Needles District. Join us for a full day of climbing in what is the mecca of Southwestern crack climbing. Stay the day, or sleep under the stars with an overnight stay.

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides – The only AMGA accredited guide service in Moab!
Hiring a guide, even for experienced climbers, makes good sense. Our guides get you on the route faster with fewer hassles, allowing you to do more climbing. And because we’ll help you choose a climb suited to your level of experience and training, we can prevent you from getting in “over your head.” We provide all technical rock climbing equipment. You bring climbing shoes, food, camping equipment, shelter and transportation to and from the trailhead.

Season Spring - Fall

Elevation 4026'

Minimum Age 18

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Follow your guide to Indian Creek,  approximately 100 miles round trip from downtown Moab. Once there, you will be transported back in time to the old West, surrounded by petroglyphs and the iconic Six shooters.  The choices are endless with miles of cliff bands filled with crack climbing routes all within close proximity to one another, making the walking time minimal  for the amount of climbing that can be achieved in a day.

While there your day will be spent learning the nuances of climbing parallel cracks. At first difficult and painful but once mastered crack climbing is one o the most stable climbing techniques to have in your climbing arsenal.

Indian Creek Crack Climbs: Price: $375 private; $295pp/group

Group pricing is for 2 – 3 people on a trip. Please note that trips must reach minimum number of participants.

Private trips cannot be booked online based on scheduling, please click here to inquire about specific dates for a private trip.

Please read through our policies by visiting this page.

Meeting times are determined by the season. Please contact 435-260-0990 for departure times. Unless prior arrangements have been made you will meet your guide at the RED ROCK BAKERY, 74 South Main Street across the street from the McStiff’s Plaza.


Located in southeast Utah, Moab is approximately 236 miles from Salt Lake City, 355 miles from Denver, 115 miles from Grand Junction and 458 miles from Las Vegas. Most trips and classes leave from the RED ROCK BAKERY, 74 South Main Street across the street from the McStiff’s Plaza. Meeting times are determined by the season. Please contact 435-260-0990 for departure times. Many of our climbing sites are fairly close to town, while Indian Creek, Castle Valley and Fisher Towers take about an hour to get to. Once there however, there are miles of routes with close proximity to one another, making the walking time minimal when compared to the amount of climbing that can be achieved in a day.  Climbing around Moab is usually about a 10 to 20 minute drive  from downtown. The approaches are very close to the car and routes are located close together.


On approach to towers & crags we recommend a climbing “approach” type shoe for sure footedness and to protect feet from sharp rocks and spiny plants. Quick dry /durable shorts and shirts are recommended for clothing while on the trail. You will need a 35 to 40 L backpack that is adequate for carrying water, snacks, personal climbing gear, rock shoes and extra clothes for the weather conditions. In addition to the personal gear mentioned above your approach pack should adequately carry a 60-meter rope . While climbing it is best to wear loose fitting clothing that is durable and does not restrict movement. If the weather is dry and clear, jeans that are loose fitting or have stretch nylon in them are a great choice. A long sleeve cotton or synthetic t-shirt is a key piece of clothing. You will want to wear long sleeves as protection for your arms in wide cracks and chimneys. A small compressible light weight wind shirt is recommended for its size and ability to block cold desert wind while up on the climbs. While up on a tower climb you will want a small pack (fifteen to 20 Liters) that can carry water, wind jacket and snacks. For carrying water on the climb it is recommended to use a smaller one liter collapsible water bottle that will fit in your summit pack. If you carry a hydration pack with hose on your approach to the towers, you will want to leave it at the base of the route and carry a scaled down amount of water for the climb. The use of large volume packs while climbing is discouraged, they are cumbersome and hard to maneuver in off-widths and chimneys.

For climbing routes in Indian Creek and Classic Cracks around Moab, you will not need a small pack while climbing.

For technical climbing shoes, you will want to climb in a shoe that fits on the comfortable end of the scale. An aggressive fitting climbing shoe is not recommended.

Have gear questions? We’re here to help! Contact us at the Moab Office at 435.260.0990 or


  • 35- 40 Liter Back Pack—Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Hueco 35 and Splitter 40
  • Tower Summit Pack—15 to 20 Liter
  • Approach Shoe – Guide Pick: Salewa Wildfire or Firetail
  • Technical Rock Shoe: comfortable fit.
  • Synthetic Short or Pant for Hiking – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Convertible Pants
  • Long Sleeve and/or Short Sleeve Wicking T-shirt- Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Wicked Lite T
  • Long Sleeve Cotton T-shirt
  • Cotton/blend Jeans – comfortable fitting for flexible movement
  • 2 to 3 Liters of Water
  • For Summit Pack: small collapsible water bottle
  • For Approach Pack: hydration pack 2 liters
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Roll of 2 inch Cotton Athletic Tape
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • 3 Locking Carabineers
  • Belay/Rappel Device
  • Personal Attachment System


  • My experiences with JHMG have been uniformly outstanding.   Each guide that has worked with me over the years has taken a genuine interest in helping me advance my climbing.  The levels of professionalism, expertise, and interest in teaching among the guides I have worked with has been top-notch.

    — David Matthews
  • If you want to climb safely with confidence and learn about WHAT you are actually doing and climbing…Pick JHMG.  Hands down the best guys for the job!  YEARS of experience and professionalism are very obvious from the moment you step inside the shop.  Nice guys, well trained and fun to climb with!

    — Darren Davis
  • I just wanted to thank you for setting us up with such unbelievable guides.  They were absolutely solid, professional and fun to be around.  We couldn’t have had better, nor better results.  That climb of the Grand is something I’ll never forget.  I will be back to climb Mt. Moran next.

    —  Paul Edelbrock

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