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Independence Monument Desert Tower

Independence Monument is an iconic desert tower located a mere hour and a half from Moab and is located in the beautiful Colorado National Monument in Fruita, CO. This 4 pitch climb is many climbers first desert tower and is an excellent summit to reach!

First climbed in 1911 by John Otto, Otto’s Route has become the standard route up the formation. 4 pitches of uniquely different styles of climbing means you won’t be disappointed! This is a great tower to learn multipitch skills on or one to get a little bit away from the crowded Moab summits – or simply have an unforgettable experience! Don’t let the extra drive and hiking time dissuade you as this is excellent desert tower adventure!

What’s Included

• All necessary technical equipment (climbing shoes, harness, helmet, etc.)
• Guide with excellent technical experience and knowledge
• All necessary permits and fees

What to Bring

• Water – FRCC highly recommends bringing 2 quarts (2-3 Liters) of water per person.
• Food – (Snacks / Lunch) Along with the water, keeping your body fueled throughout your trip will let you focus on climbing and not your stomach. Food a simple as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to high tech energy bars will keep you going throughout your trip.
 Small Backpack – A small backpack will allow you to carry your food, water, and other items you will need for the day.
 Hiking Shoes –  Most of the climbing areas require a slight hike from the parking area to reach your climbs. FRCC suggests a pair of sturdy shoes to safely get you to the climbs. You can call our office or ask your guide if your footwear will be appropriate for your climbing destination.
 Sunscreen – The sun can be intense at all of our climbing locations. FRCC recommends bringing sunscreen to prevent sunburns and other potential sun related issues.
• Sunglasses [optional] – Sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun throughout the day.
• Camera [optional] – Pictures will help you remember your trip. If you have a camera, bring it along and snap away.