Catch Six of the Most Breathtaking Sights in and Around Fisher Towers
By Redtail Air Adventures
The Fisher Towers area located just outside of Moab boasts an incredible landscape with a variety of unique geologic features to explore. The Fisher Towers themselves are some of the tallest freestanding towers in North America, so they are well worth a visit!
It takes about 40 minutes by car to get to Fisher Towers from Moab. Follow US-191 N for 2.5 miles, and then turn right onto UT-128 E. Follow this winding, scenic road for 21 miles, and then take a right when you reach Fisher Towers Road. The towers are just over two miles from this junction. The incredible towers are made up of Cutler sandstone and are the remnants of a 225 million-year-old floodplain. You may have even seen them before, as they have served as a scenic backdrop for many old western movies. Films such as “Wagon Master,” “Against a Crooked Sky,” “The Comancheros,” and “Rio Conchos” all have scenes filmed in front of Fisher Towers!
Our Canyonlands and Fisher Towers flight tour offers unbeatable views of the towers, as well as many other amazing desert features. Knowing a little bit of background information and history about the sights you will be seeing is a great way to enrich your flight experience when you take an air tour with us.
With an easy, family-friendly hiking trail and incredible views even from the parking lot, there are many things to see in Fisher Towers. It’s a great low-key option if you are looking for amazing scenery and a short approach. The towers are a renowned rock climbing location for experienced climbers, but most visitors simply enjoy the views from the ground and all the things to see in Fisher Towers. As previously mentioned, the towers are so beautiful and unique that multiple movies have used them as a backdrop.
Located in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, The Grabens is a linear series of valleys that were formed over millions of years as a result of the movement of the underlying salt layers. The word graben is Germanic in origin, and it translates to mean ditch or grave. This type of feature is difficult to fully appreciate from the ground, but seeing the area from above allows you to really view the whole picture.
Dead Horse Point
Did you know that Dead Horse Point is one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the entire world?! It is located 2,000 feet above the Colorado River and overlooks Canyonlands National Park. It is easy to access on foot, but it requires a fee to enter the park. The gorgeous views are truly one of a kind, and you can get an even more unique vantage point from the air.
Potash Salt Ponds
The Potash Salt Ponds just outside of Moab are actually man-made, but they are beautiful nonetheless. These potash evaporation ponds are managed by Intrepid Potash, a Denver-based company and the largest producer of potassium chloride in the world. In these ponds specifically, between 700 and 1,000 tons of salt are mined each day! On a scenic flight, you can really take in all of the magnificent colors and textures the ponds display. They are a truly unique and colorful sight to see from the air.
The trail system at Klondike Bluffs offers many great mountain biking and hiking opportunities. There are trails of variable distances, and there are options suitable for bikers of all skill levels. Some of the trails are also open to Jeeps and ATVs, so you can explore the area in more than one way. The Klondike Bluffs area is very expansive, but a scenic flight will allow you to see the whole thing.
Thelma & Louise Point
When visiting this overlook, be careful not to drive off the ledge like they did in the movie! As the name suggests, Thelma & Louise Point was made famous by the unforgettable scene at the end of the classic film “Thelma & Louis,” when the main characters drive off the ledge and into the canyon. To shoot this iconic scene, the filmmakers actually had to send a real car flying over the edge, because they didn’t have the budget for special effects. You can get to this viewpoint by driving Shafer Trail in Canyonlands National Park, but 4WD is strongly suggested due to the rugged nature of the backcountry road. You can also get an incredible view of the famous overlook on our Canyonlands and Fisher Tower flight tour, where you will be flying through the air (almost) like the beloved characters did. Unlike Thelma and Louise, however, you will live to tell the tale.
These six sites to see in Fisher Towers are all so incredible and unique, and they each have their own interesting history. On our Canyonlands and Fisher Towers scenic flight, you can see all of these places and so much more. We hope this background information will help get you excited for all the things you can do in Canyonlands National Park, as well as further enrich your flight experience with Redtail Air!
Canyonlands & Fisher Tower
Explore Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point from the air! Soar above Upheaval Dome, Island in the Sky, The Needles, Dead Horse Point, the Potash Salt Ponds, the Thelma and Louise Famous Cliffs and more.
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