Muir Valley is open. Please read our COVID-19 guidelines below.

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Hey All – just a friendly reminder as we head into what is likely to be a busy fall season:  Dogs are not allowed in Muir – either at the crag or left in a car.  Obviously documented service dogs are another matter.  Thanks for respecting our rule on this.

COVID-19 Re-Opening:

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.

  • As of May 11th, Kentucky’s governor has directed that all people wear masks in public, especially when visiting businesses 
  • IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY MILD FLU OR COLD-LIKE SYMPTOMS, STAY AT HOME 
  • Minimize unnecessary travel
    • If the Red River Gorge is not local for you, save Kentucky sandstone for a later date 
    • Campgrounds are currently not opened, please plan on day trips only if you do not have previously arranged accommodations (current campground opening date is June 11th)
  • Climb in small groups
    • Small groups means 2, unless everyone in the group resides at the same household and then could be expanded up to 6
    • Prefer that groups are individuals who share a household: roommate, spouse, or other member of your household 
    • If you must climb with a partner outside of your household, drive in separate cars 
    • Limit your climbing group to include only one member of an outside household

HEALTH UPON ARRIVAL

  • Respect others that are also arriving at the same time and avoid coming within 6 feet while in the parking lot
  • The shelter will be closed.  The water filling station will be open but please maintain 6-foot distancing while using.

HEALTH ON THE APPROACH

  • Wear a mask when you may come within six feet of other people on narrow approach trails or near belayers 
  • Visit less-travelled areas and avoid the popular crags – we may ask people to move if there are too many folks at one place (read: Bruise Brothers!)
  • If a wall is crowded when you arrive, please move to another area 

HEALTH AT THE CRAG 

  • Stay at least six feet away from others at all times, including climbing and belaying 
  • Clean hands with sanitizer or isopropyl alcohol before and after each climb 
  • Bring and use your own rope and other personal climbing gear
  • Use a brush to clean excess chalk off the wall — Avoid blowing chalk off holds or hands
  • Use liquid chalk if you have it available 
  • Take extra precautions to be safe and avoid accidents 
    • With a massive influx of climbers and hikers, search and rescue teams will likely be over tasked
  • Valley floor bathrooms will remain open, however they will not be able to be cleaned between each use.  It is each person’s responsibility to keep themselves safe.  Wear a mask while using the bathroom and use hand sanitizer before and after use

HEALTH AFTER THE CLIMB

  • Respect the local businesses and ALWAYS wear masks when visiting them 
  • Limit commerce to businesses frequented by other climbers and tourists 
  • 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.

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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 to climb. 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.