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Fisher Towers, Utah

The Fisher Towers are a group of towering sandstone pinnacles located in Utah, USA. These magnificent rock formations are a popular destination for rock climbers, hikers, and nature enthusiasts.

The History of Fisher Towers

The Fisher Towers are named after a miner named Fisher, who prospected for uranium in the area in the 1950s. Before this, the towers were known as “The Cathedral Group.” The Fisher Towers were designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1984.

The Fisher Towers themselves are believed to be between 245 and 286 million years old, and they were formed by the same geological processes that created the nearby Arches National Park. The towers are composed of Entrada Sandstone, which was deposited during the Jurassic period, and is approximately 2000 feet thick in this area.

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Fisher towers from the Colorado River with the La Sal Mountains backdrop.

The Towers

The Fisher Towers are characterized by their distinctive, red sandstone formations. The towers themselves are several hundred feet tall, and the tallest tower is the Titan, which stands at an impressive 900 feet. The towers are free-standing and not connected to any cliff face, making them a popular destination for rock climbers.

Visiting Fisher Towers

The best time of year to visit the Fisher Towers is in the spring and fall when the weather is mild. Summer temperatures in the area can be extremely hot, with temperatures often exceeding 100°F. Winter weather can be unpredictable and may make the area difficult to access.

The best time of day to view the towers is in the early evening when the sun is setting (approx 2 hrs prior). This provides the best lighting for photographs and also allows visitors to witness the colors of the towers change as the sun sets. Note that the towers do not receive any morning light due to the rock backdrop that blocks light from that direction.

When visiting the Fisher Towers, it’s important to come prepared. The area is remote and there are no facilities nearby. Visitors should bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and sturdy hiking shoes. Visitors should also be aware that there is no cell phone service in the area.

The Fisher Towers Trail

The Fisher Towers Trail is a popular hiking trail that begins at the Fisher Towers parking area and extends for approximately 2.2 miles to the base of the Fisher Towers. The trail is rated as moderate and takes hikers through a scenic desert landscape that is home to a variety of desert flora and fauna. Along the way, hikers will be treated to stunning views of the surrounding area, including the Colorado River and the distant La Sal Mountains. For those looking for a longer hike, the trail can be extended by continuing on to the Colorado River, adding an additional 4.4 miles to the hike. The trail is well-maintained, but hikers should still be prepared for desert conditions, including extreme temperatures and limited shade. Hiking the Fisher Towers Trail is a great way to experience the natural beauty of this area up close and personal.

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Light passing through the clouds. View from the Fisher Towers parking area.

Photography

Photography enthusiasts will find the Fisher Towers to be a unique destination. The towers’ shapes and colors make for stunning photographs, especially during the hours before sunset. The changing light will make the towers’ colors appear to shift, presenting photographers with a variety of opportunities to capture this geological wonder in all its glory. Additionally, the surrounding area offers plenty of photographic opportunities, including views of the Colorado River and the distant ranges and mesas. Whether you’re a professional photographer or just enjoy taking pictures, the Fisher Towers offer an unparalleled opportunity to capture the beauty of Utah’s natural wonders.

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