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Castleton Tower in Danger of Development


by Editor

April 01, 2002

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Castleton Tower is recognized worldwide as a premiere rock climbing site. The Kor-Ingalls route is included in the book, Fifty Classic Climbs of North America, with over 2,000 ascents. The area also includes Parriott Mesa, Priest and Nuns, the Rectory, and Castleton Tower. All of these spires and mesas offer first class rock climbing opportunities, but they are in danger.

The State of Utah's School Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) owns 4,500 acres in Castle Valley. For many years this land existed as open space with public access, but now SITLA has decided to sell the land. The Castle Rock Collaboration wants to buy the trust lands to secure the future conservation of Castle Valley.

In the spring of 1999, the sale by auction of a 120-acre tract of SITLA-owned land piqued the interest of some residents of the town of Castle Valley. This land at the base of Parriott Mesa was purchased by a local developer and his Aspen-based business partner. The Castle Rock Collaboration branch of Utah Open Lands is now in the process of purchasing this land from the developer to preserve it as open space. This transaction is one component of the Castleton Tower Preservation Initiative.

Visit their web site at Castle Rock Collaboration.

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