Castle Valley is one of many scenic areas that can be found along the Colorado River near Moab. The Colorado Riverway Recreation Area was featured in a previous article and the Castle Valley photos were captured from this vantage point. Castle Valley is an ominous sight to see and the geological features certainly add credence to the name. This red rock region features gothic looking outcrops that look as if they are straight out of the Dark Ages. Just like along the river, there are several campgrounds and hiking trails to be found in Castle Valley, so there is no such thing as boredom in this majestic place!
Castle Valley offers some of the most popular hiking and mountain biking trails in Moab, while the back country trails go deep into the neighboring mountains. There are all sorts of hidden canyons and landmarks to explore and this area boasts a few spectacular rock climbing sites. The Fisher Towers Rock Climbing Site guards the entrance to Castle Valley and these rock spires have a very intimidating look. The Castleton Tower Rock Climbing Site is located deeper in the valley and this towering pillar most definitely is a demanding challenge. The small town of Castle Valley is located next to Castleton Tower, so this site is easy to access by car.
Upon first glance, visitors will be mesmerized by the sheer majestic beauty of the Castle Valley landscape. The weather can have a dramatic effect upon the views and when a storm rolls through, the gothic effect becomes more intense. As can be imagined, this is a photographer's paradise and landscape painters relish this ominous terrain as well. Castle Valley beckons to be experienced, so be sure to check it out while touring Moab, Utah!
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