Joe's Valley Bouldering Festival


Joe’s Valley Bouldering Festival — Thanksgiving Weekend 2015

Have a deep appreciation for unlimited sandstone bouldering, short approaches, and free camping?

If your answer is yes, then you should—if you haven’t already—put Joe’s Valley on your climbing destination bucket list. Situated just 3 hours south of Salt Lake City outside of Orangeville, Utah, the grippy and diverse sandstone rocks at Joe’s offer problems that suit all styles; making this otherwise desolate area a mecca for bouldering fiends from across the world.

A peek at some of the incredible climbing found at Joe’s Valley:

Divided into 3 main areas (Left Fork, Right Fork, and New Joe’s) that each offer different temperature environments, at Joe’s you have the luxury of seeking out the conditions you want for any given day of the climbing season. And if that doesn’t entice you enough about this place, then the fact that many of the most classic boulder problems can be reached within no more than a 10-minute hike should do the trick. You heard that right: a minimal approach to world-class rocks. Oh, and did we mention the expanse of free camping?

Joe's Valley

Photo: Dennis Barnes


Take part in the Joe’s Valley Bouldering Festival

So now that you’re completely stoked about shredding at Joe’s Valley, you’ll be even more psyched to hear that you can join a celebration of these treasured sandstone boulders this upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend (November 26-29) at the Joe’s Valley Bouldering Festival.

Brought to you by the area’s local communities, as well area admirers, including The RV Project and The Morning Fresh —you can expect a weekend chalk full of clinics, community events, film screenings, cleanup opportunities, and of course, plenty of incredible climbing, too.


Related: Camp Kitchen: Breakfast in Joe’s Valley with The RV Project


Full schedule of events:

Joe's Valley bouldering

Photo: Chance Clouse

Thursday, November 26

  • Early Registration and Check-In, 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Thanksgiving Bonfire and Potluck | 8:00 pm

Friday, November 27

  • Breakfast by Gordon’s Cafe, 8:00am
  • Registration and Check-In 10:00am
  • Yoga in the Park, 11:00am
  • #VanLife Clinic, 3:00pm
  • Cowboy Games, 4:30pm
  • Movie Screening, 6:30pm
  • Opening Party, 8:30pm

Saturday, November 28

  • Coffee, Donuts and Breakfast Pizza, 8:00am
  • Climbing Meet Ups, 9:00am
  • Trade Fair & Games, 2:00pm
  • Legends & Lore of Joe’s Valley, 6:30pm

Sunday, November 29

  • Go climbing!

A true celebration of both the climbing culture and collaborative protection of this beloved area, the Joe’s Valley Bouldering Festival will surely be a festival of epic proportions.


Ready to get your tickets?

Tickets for the Joe’s Valley Fest cost a mere $15 and include a swag bag and access to all of the events listed above. It’s a pretty awesome deal. Get your tickets here:



For more information, visit the Joe’s Valley Fest website and visit the Facebook page.

Joe's Valley bouldering

Photo: Max H.

Curious about other American climbing festivals that take place throughout the year? Consider checking out Lander, Wyoming’s International Climbers’ Festival and the Idaho Mountain Festival in Almo, Idaho.