Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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Sid and Charley are the names of two separate rock towers that are connected only at their base. Sid is the slender south tower, and it is slightly shorter than the thicker looking Charley. The towers are named after brothers belonging to the legendary Swasey family. The Swaysey’s made their life in the San Rafael Swell as cattlemen and also by rounding up wild horses in the area.

Strangely, the towers stand tall with no relative structures or rocks anywhere near them. This site is not frequently visited, but is a quintessential version of amazing Utah geology.  There is a climbing route with a few bolts up the east side of the towers. The route is at least a 5.10 and includes a fun chimney move halfway up the towers. A stick-clip can come in handy for a very exposed bolt. 

Being public land, you can pick a camp spot on any flat spot that suites you. Be sure to bring enough water and gas for your trip. Add Sid and Charley to an adventure that involves several other sites in the area, or add a few miles on your trip from central Utah to Moab. The Rochester Rock Art Panels are a great option that can be included with your trip to Sid and Charley.

A very impressive group of petroglyphs can be seen on the way to Sid and Charley.  Turn onto the Moore cutoff road and travel 3.6 miles to a pullout spot on the north side of the road. A large 6-foot snake petroglyph with an unusual diamond shaped head, as well as a Kokopelli figure, can be seen here. 

Always remember to Leave No Trace, take nothing but pictures, and contribute to rural economies as you travel. 

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Never crowded. Interesting geology. Many nearby sites.

Cons

Remote. No water. Dirt road often times requires four-wheel drive or high clearance.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Reservations possible

No

Features

ADA accessible
Family friendly
Historically significant
Geologically significant
Wildlife
Bird watching
Bouldering

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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