Welcome to Muir Valley!

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The Muir Valley Legacy Film is now available on YouTube! View it below:

Muir Valley is a nonprofit nature preserve and rock climbing park run by climbers, for climbers.  We provide an unforgettable outdoor experience through public access to world class climbing routes at all skill levels, well maintained hiking trails, and opportunities for volunteerism to give back to the community through environmental and climber safety stewardship. 

Located in the Red River Gorge area, Muir Valley is approximately 360 acres in size, walled in by over seven miles of majestic cliffs of hard Corbin Sandstone that range in height from 20 feet to over 200 feet. Over 400 climbs – both trad and sport – provide a spectacular experience to visitors from all over the world. Waterfalls, caves, and mountain streams add to the natural beauty. Mountain laurel, rhododendron, and many other species of wildflowers and plants grace the valley floor and hillsides.

Muir Valley was founded by Rick and Liz Weber, who purchased the land in 2004. The Weber’s spearheaded the development of the climbing, and managed Muir Valley until March 2015 when they gifted the land to the Muir Valley non-profit organization.  Needless to say, there is no Muir Valley without Rick and Liz Weber.  The board will continue to work diligently to carry on their vision and dream for Muir Valley.  With the help of many volunteers, donors and visitors we can make that a reality.

There is no charge for admission to Muir Valley. There is a daily parking fee of $10 per vehicle that is collected at the parking lot. Or, you can click on the button below to purchase a 12 Month Parking Permit for $120.

Just a friendly reminder:  Dogs are not allowed in Muir – either at the crag or left in a car.  Documented service dogs are another matter.  Thanks for respecting our rule on this.

COVID-19 Updates:

Attention All Climbers: Muir Valley is open for climbing. Please follow Federal, State, and Local guidelines while at Muir Valley and in the Red River Gorge.


Please refer to www.cdc.gov for latest COVID-19 related protocol

5/16/21: CDC Update

If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.


  • Respect the local businesses and wear masks if requested 
  • Respect each business’s social distancing guidelines 

We aim to keep our staff, our climbers, and our community safe.  We need to rely on each and every visitor to do their part in order to be able to achieve this.