Castleton Tower

Acreage: 221
Location
: Grand County
Date Completed
: 2002

Description: The Castleton Tower Preservation Initiative, a hard fought two-year campaign to save 221 acres of redrock desert which encompasses the 400-foot spire, garnered international attention. Profiled in the book Fifty Classic Climbs of North America, Castleton Tower is arguably one of the most famous desert formations in the world, revered by climbers and photographers alike. When the Tower’s base lands were threatened by development, a number of partners joined Utah Open Lands to fight for preservation. Individuals, the outdoor industry, The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and other entities raised $640,000 to protect the Tower’s base lands, campground and public access forever.

Photos courtesy ©Tom Till