Fisher Towers – Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway, Utah

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From Dewey Bridge on to Moab, Rte. 128 stays close to the Colorado River, as it drops down in between canyon walls. Before long, you’ll round a corner, and the dramatic Fisher Towers come into view.

Fisher Towers, Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway, Utah

The view from the road is impressive, so if you’re short on time, you don’t have to take the dirt side road to the base of the towers.

Road, Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway, Utah

The road is a bit bumpy through this area.

Fisher Towers, Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway

Watch for a turnoff that leads to a parking area and trailhead, at the base of Fisher Towers. You’ll have to drive a couple of miles up a bumpy dirt road, but the view at the base is worth it.

Reflection, Fisher Towers, Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway

As you can see, my visit happened on an unusually rainy day, so I didn’t get to enjoy the bright blue desert sky. But I did find a few puddles, that provided interesting reflections.

Reflection, Fisher Towers, Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway

mountains near Fisher Towers

There are plenty of other interesting rock formations in the area, so don’t let Fisher Towers distract you from the rest of the landscape.

mountains near Fisher Towers

Continue on Rte. 128 into Moab.  The final few miles are incredible, as the road winds through a narrow, deep red-rock canyon, at the edge of the Colorado River.  If you’re looking for a longer scenic route, turn onto La Sal Loop Road, which (as the name implies) will loop south, skirting the edge of the La Sal Mountains, then return north, ending in Moab. (The road name changes to Geyer Pass Rd. about halfway through.)

Note: This trip was first published in 2005.

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