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Getting to Muir Valley
In Muir Valley


The epicenter of climbing in the Red. They all congregate at Miguel’s at the end of a day of climbing for the best pizza in Kentucky. Located on KY Highway 11 north of Natural Bridge State Park, south of intersection of the Mountain Parkway and Highway KY 11 Miguel’s also offers camping with showers, gear storage, and food preparation facilities.

This restaurant, bar, and hostel is conveniently located in Pine Ridge, Kentucky near the entrance to the Daniel Boone National Forest. They specialize in gourmet hot dogs and beer on tap. Also housed in their mountain lodge style log cabin is a comprehensive climbing gear shop.

Family owned, supporting local farmers and artisans, and creating delicious food, in a comfortable and clean environment, is what we're about! Specializing in grass fed burgers, kale & spinach salad, traditional tacos, humongous burritos, tap beer, and wine & bourbon; you're sure to find something to complete your day in the Gorge!

A friendly stop right in the heart of the Gorge. It touts a wide variety menu along with an extensive beer selection with an outdoor beer garden for seating.

Located half a mile off exit 33 on your right. Stop here for a warming cup of coffee, espresso drink, or tea and a homemade baked good or breakfast sandwich! We also have refreshing smoothies, milkshakes, and so much more!


Centrally located to all of the world class climbing here in The Red and just two minutes away from Muir Valley sits our lodge! With our cozy accommodations and lots of community space, we provide a one of a kind experience in The Red. Gather at BedRock after a long day of climbing to relax and share stories. We hope to see you soon

Cabins with rustic charm. Pet friendly and located on the top of a mountain ridge in a private resort that offers breathtaking views of some of the most spectacular mountains and gorges in the Eastern U.S.

Cliffview Resort is a rustic, hilltop development in eastern Kentucky situated next to the Daniel Boone National Forest and Muir Valley, featuring a Lodge, Conference Center, Ziplines, and Cabins. We can accommodate a party of 2 or 200. Cliffview Resort is close to major cities and several area attractions making it your perfect home away from home while experiencing the rustic, scenic charm of Eastern Kentucky and the Red River Gorge.

Offering guide services and cabin rentals in the southern region of the Red River Gorge. Select "Friends of Muir Valley" from the drop down menu while booking and Red River Outdoors will donate $5 to Muir Valley.

A super cozy cabin centrally located which is owned and operated by climbers! A portion of revenues go to Muir Valley, The Red River Gorge Climber’s Coalition and The Access Fund. With hangboard, climber art, rain day board games, cable TV, new hot tub, super fast WiFi, huge boulder in the yard with great climbing and conveniently located just above the Rockhouse tavern, the Climber Cabin sleeps 8+ and is priced for climbers!

New climber-friendly full-facility campground located on KY 715, just south of the Cliffview entrance and one mile north of the intersection of KY 715 and KY 11. Nice facilities, outstanding bouldering/climbing cliff adjacent to the campground.

A friendly, full facility campground near the Southern Region climbing areas (Mother Lode and the PMRP).

Rustic country charm and spectacular cliff-top views of the Red River Gorge! The Highlander’s Loft log cabin is set up for 6 adults, has satellite TV, free wireless internet, a Jacuzzi and a gas fireplace. Rentals include bed linens, towels, toilet paper and paper towels.

Riverside cabin rental. Canoe and Kayak Rentals. In the heart of the Red River Gorge on Hwy 715, 1/4 mile south of Hwy 77 jct. 606-663-1012. . Red River Adventures donates $5 to Muir Valley with each completed booking when Muir is mentioned in the reservation.

Family owned cabin rental management business & real estate agency in the heart of RRG (main office located inside the Daniel Boone Coffee Shop). Rental cabins are located throughout Cliffview Resort, Scenic Heights, Campton, Slade, & Stanton.

Welcome Climbers, Hikers, and Nature Lovers

Muir Valley is a nature preserve and rock climbing area owned and maintained by the Muir Valley organization (formerly known as Friends of Muir Valley or FOMV). Muir is approximately 350 acres in size and walled in by seven miles of majestic sandstone cliffs. The Valley is resplendent in Waterfalls, caves, and stone bottom creeks. Mountain laurel, rhododendron, and many other species of wildflowers and plants grace the Valley floor and hillsides.

We ask for no admission fees. You may freely climb, hike, and enjoy the natural beauty as our guests, but at your own risk. If you are not willing to accept full responsibility for your presence in Muir Valley, then do not enter the property.

Understand also that Muir Valley’s owner, Muir Valley LLC, its officers and Board of Director members, and the former owners, Richard and Elizabeth Weber are protected from liability claims by the Kentucky Recreational Use Statute.

Everyone who wishes to come into the Valley to rock climb must first execute a WAIVER on this website. By executing this WAIVER, you are acknowledging that you have read and understand the WARNINGS of dangers that exist within Muir Valley and the list of RULES that you agree to follow. These WARNINGS and RULES are listed below.

Muir Valley – Owners/Managers


Warnings for Visitors to Muir Valley

Last amended: March 25, 2017

It is important that you carefully read and understand the list of warnings of the hazards and potential dangers, both identified and unknown that may exist in Muir Valley. Your presence in Muir Valley signifies that you have read and fully understand these warnings.

Please notify one of the Muir Valley employees, members of the Muir Valley Board of Directors, or volunteers as soon as reasonably possible of any unusual dangerous condition or hazard that you see or encounter in the Valley. A list of the members of the Muir Valley Board of Directors along with their contact information can be found HERE. This includes, but is not limited to, loose, missing, or worn hardware on the rock climbing routes, loose rocks, and any and all activities by other persons that could be considered to be reckless and an endangerment to the wellbeing of other people in Muir Valley.

If you are not willing to accept full responsibility for your presence in Muir Valley, then do not enter the property.

1. WARNING: It is virtually impossible for us to be aware of every hazard and dangerous condition that may exist in the 350 acres and 7+ miles of cliff line that constitute Muir Valley. It is, therefore, necessary that you acknowledge a general warning that hidden and unknown dangers may exist in Muir Valley that cannot always be specifically identified and warned or guarded against.

2. WARNING: Rock climbing can be a dangerous sport, participation in which can cause permanent paralysis or other serious injury and death to you or to those around you. You should never climb without extensive training by experienced climbers. You should never climb without proper high-quality rock climbing gear. And, you should never climb if you are not willing to accept full responsibility for the consequences of your participation in this dangerous sport.

3. WARNING: The rock in Muir Valley is substantially Corbin Sandstone. This is a very soft, friable sedimentary rock that is laced with pockets, fissures and soft chossy sections. Even the best of hardware permanently affixed to or temporarily placed into this rock can fail unexpectedly and catastrophically due to the poor structural integrity of this rock, possibly causing your injury or death.

4. WARNING: The rock in Muir Valley contains sections that are either loose or that can be easily loosened. These sections can spontaneously fall off a cliff, or they may be inadvertently or purposely pulled off by a climber. In any case, rock fall poses a threat to visitors to Muir Valley and therefore poses a danger to the climber and/or persons below the climber. All persons participating in rock climbing and/or those present in the vicinity of rock cliffs are strongly advised to wear protective headgear designed specifically for a rock climbing environment.

5. WARNING: Never climb inside the many caves in Muir Valley. The ceilings are often flaky and prone to breaking down and falling.

6. WARNING: Hanger brackets have been bolted to, or glued into, the walls of many of the climbing routes in Muir Valley. Additionally, other hardware, such as slings, quickdraws, chains, rings, cable leaders, and permadraws may be attached to hanger brackets. As is traditional with rock climbing route development, this hardware was installed by many different persons. The specific hardware and installation methods are neither approved by nor monitored by us. Nor, is this hardware routinely inspected. NO warranties of safeness of this hardware have been given by the persons who installed it or the owners of Muir Valley. Hanger brackets have been known to pull loose from the rock. And, rock in which hanger brackets have been affixed has been known to fail. If you climb in Muir Valley and rely on any piece of hardware affixed to any rock surface for your personal safety and/or the safety of others with you, you do so at your own risk and with the full knowledge that this hardware may fail catastrophically and without warning.

7. WARNING:  Be very careful hiking along the tops of cliffs. Most of the seven plus miles of cliffs range from 50 to over 145 feet high.

8. WARNING: As a nature preserve, Muir Valley has wildlife, including, but not limited to: poisonous insects, such as the northern millipede; venomous snakes, such as copperheads and rattlesnakes; and poisonous plants, such as poison ivy and pokeweed.

If you have any suggestions or questions or wish to report any problems, please feel free to contact the Property Manager (Erik Kloeker) or the Chair of the Muir Valley organization by email: or


Rules for Visitors to Muir Valley

(Last updated March 21, 2017)

Willful disregard of any of the following rules may result in your loss of any privilege to visit Muir Valley.

1.  Muir Valley is a privately owned and operated nonprofit Nature Preserve and Rock Climbing Arena.  If you need to reach the management  for questions,notifications,s or special permissions, you can do so by emailing the the Chair or Vice Chair of the Muir Valley organization: or

2.  You must read and understand the documents “Warnings to Visitors to Muir Valley” and the “Kentucky Recreational Use Statute”. Your presence in Muir Valley signifies that you agree that Muir Valley has adequately warned you of hazards that may exist in Muir Valley and that you consider Muir to be in full compliance with the provisions of this statute.

3.  You must notify the Muir Valley organization as soon as reasonably possible of any dangerous condition or hazard in the Valley of which you become aware, that is not called out in the Warnings document. At your earliest convenience, please report the issue to one of the Muir Valley staff at the parking lot. If no staff member is available, please email the Property Manager or Chair or of the Muir Valley organization: or

4.  To rock climb in Muir Valley, you must first submit and have accepted the Muir Valley Waiver. You must either fill out and submit this form on line here on this website or do so on a temporary paper waiver, good for three days, available at the kiosk at the main Muir Valley Parking Lot.

5.  We encourage youth under the age of 18 to be accompanied by their parent, guardian, or other responsible adult. Prior to their climbing in Muir Valley, climbers under age 18 must have on file with Muir Valley a Muir Valley waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian naming the climber as a covered individual.

6.  These activities are permitted in Muir Valley: rock climbing, hiking, trail running, and enjoying nature.

7.  These activities are NOT permitted in Muir Valley: inverted rappelling, bungee jumping, free solo rock climbing, rope jumping (taking long intentional falls – sometimes referred to as “victory whippers”), mountain biking, shooting firearms, hunting, trapping, camping, campfires, or operating motorized vehicles.

8.  Climbing of a type known as free soloing or highballing, which is done without proper and adequate protection in the form of rope belaying, spotting, or using bouldering pads, is unnecessarily dangerous and not permitted in Muir Valley. The only three forms of rock climbing permitted in Muir Valley are sport climbing, wherein the climber utilizes hanger brackets bolted to the rock faces, for protection, trad climbing, wherein the climber provides and temporarily affixes his/her own passive and active gear to the rock faces for protection, and bouldering, wherein the climber, sans rope, climbs routes that finish close to the ground and uses bouldering pads to provide a safer landing. Aid climbing is not permitted in Muir Valley without written permission by the Muir Valley organization.

9.  Do not climb above the anchors or top out on any climb in Muir Valley.

10.  Attach quickdraws or carabiners and slings to the anchor system and run your toprope through them, instead of toproping through the anchor hardware affixed to the rock wall. This means: do not run your rope from the belayer up and through the fixed anchor hardware and back down to the climber. This produces unnecessary wear on the anchor hardware and may increase risk to you or climbers who use this hardware subsequent to your use of it.

11.  The choice to either rappel or have your belayer lower you after cleaning the top anchors on a route is yours and should be made on what you believe to be the safest method for the particular route you are on. Rappelling, when it is safe to do so, causes much less wear on the fixed gear than being lowered. The Muir Valley organization encourage climbers to limit wear on fixed gear when possible. Worn anchor hardware is a safety concern in itself, and gear is expensive and time-consuming to replace. The Muir Valley organization does not  mandate rappelling. There is no expectation by the Muir Valley organization for any climber to rappel on steep overhangs, or routes that are assessed by the climber to be overly challenging to clean on rappel.

12. Unintentional falling is part of responsible rock climbing. Rock climbers are expected to be experienced and skilled in the technique of taking falls, and belayers are expected to be experienced and skilled in safely arresting the falls of the climbers they are belaying.

13. No rock climbing routes of any kind may be put up in Muir Valley without the written permission of the Muir Valley organization. Nor, may hardware of any kind be permanently affixed to any rock in Muir Valley without the written permission of this organization.

14. Practice Leave No Trace ethics, and pack out all your trash, especially non-biodegradable trash and toilet paper. Please do not throw cigarette butts on the ground. And, thank you for carrying out trash left by others!

15. Dogs are NOT permitted in MUIR or left in your car at the parking lot!!

16. Hammocks are not permitted to be put up anywhere in Muir Valley.

17. Harvesting of plants or plant specimens is to be done only with the expressed specific permission of the Muir Valley organization.

18. Please do not damage trees and vegetation. Stay on existing trails. The Valley has been recently lightly logged. In time, the land cut by the more severe logging trails will be restored to its natural state. New footpaths may be established only with prior approval of the Muir Valley organization.

19. Absolutely no digging for relics will be permitted in caves or anywhere else in Muir Valley.

20. Please respect our neighbors’ property and privacy. Drive slowly on the approach road. Children are often present. Park only on Muir Valley land in areas designated for parking.

21. Illegal drugs and alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted anywhere in Muir Valley!

22.  Muir Valley is open at no admission charge to the public. The Muir Valley organization that owns and manages operation of the Valley, has issued warnings of dangers—known and unknown—that exist there to visitors. These appear above in this web page, at the information at the kiosk at the Muir Valley Shelter House at the main parking lot, and a numerous locations throughout the Valley.


Requirements for professionally guiding in Muir Valley

(i.e. Your Clients are Paying Either You or Some Organization Money to be Guided in Rock Climbing)

All independent guides, guiding companies, non-profit organizations, instructors, coaches, commercial groups, and other types of organized groups providing guided or educational rock climbing services (collectively referred to as “Climbing Guides”) must have guiding liability insurance in effect and “Additional Insureds Certificates” on file with the Muir Valley owners prior to guiding paying clients in the Valley. These Additional Insured Certificates should list Friends of Muir Valley Inc. (FOMV), Officers and Board of Directors of Friends of Muir Valley.

All Climbing Guides that operate in Muir Valley must operate within the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Scope of Practice. The Scope of Practice (SOP) defines the level of training and certification that is required for professional climbing guides to operate in different types of climbing terrain (single pitch, multi-pitch, etc.). In the case of guided climbing at Muir Valley, the following levels of training and certification satisfy the requirement to operate within AMGA SOP:

  • Guide currently certified by the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) at the level of Single Pitch Instructor or higher.
  • Guide currently trained by the American Mountain Guides Association at the level of Apprentice Rock Guide or higher.


Guides in Training, who are working toward completion of their training and certification with AMGA may operate in Muir Valley when working directly under the supervision of a guide who meets the qualifications spelled out in points 1, or 2 listed above. This Guide in Training, when with a client(s) at the cliffs, must be in sight of and under direct supervision of a guide who meets the qualifications spelled out in points 1, or 2 listed above.

Climbing Guides working in Muir Valley must have an up-to-date certification in Wilderness First Aid or, preferably, Wilderness First Responder. Guides must be fully knowledgeable of Muir Valley’s Emergency Procedures.

Climbing Guides agree to notify the FOMV prior to guiding in Muir valley when there are more than 6 clients in in the party, specifying the following:

  • Name(s) and contact information of the guides (who must meet the qualifications outlined above),
  • Date(s) of guiding in Muir,
  • Number of clients in their party,
  • Wall(s) within Muir to which they plan to take their clients.


The preferred method of notification is by email to or a phone call (or message) to Ken Delap 812-390-1000 is acceptable.

For each guided group both the climber and belayer must wear climbing helmets when climbing, belaying, and when in the immediate area where climbing is taking place.

Climbing Guides must be familiar with and ensure that both they and their clients follow the WARNINGS AND RULES published for the general public at Muir Valley. And their clients must sign a Muir Valley WAIVER prior to climbing here, either on this website or by paper waiver available at the kiosk at the main parking lot.

Muir Valley. Climbing Guides are not permitted to monopolize routes all day for clients.

Muir Valley is developed, maintained, and operated by donations and volunteer labor, with the expenses and labor being paid for by FOMV. Neither the owners, nor any of the other volunteers earn any money from use of Muir Valley. Your clients, by paying your guide fees and by tipping you for your services, usually assume that they are paying you for the complete experience, including providing the location. Please consider either recommending to your clients that they donate for use of the property and/or by making a donation yourself.

Insurance: Climbing Guides are required to have the following levels of insurance and have a certificate on file with the FOMV before guiding in Muir Valley.

  • Commercial General Liability 1,000,000
  • General Aggregate each occurrence 1,000,000

In addition to the above minimum limits, Additional Insureds should list: Friends of Muir Valley Inc. (FOMV), Officers and Board of Directors of Friends of Muir Valley, Muir Valley Parking LLC, and Richard and Elizabeth Weber, (Muir Valley founders and previous owners) as Additional Insureds on the certificate.

Guides Code of Conduct while at Muir Valley

  • Approved Climbing Guides in Muir Valley will display professional behavior and courtesy at all times to all climbers and visitors whether they are currently guiding or not. Insulting, sexist and vulgar behavior will be cause for loss of guiding privileges in Muir Valley.
  • When possible, Climbing Guides should look out for fellow climbers and unsafe conditions to help mitigate any potential accidents. This is not a requirement of Climbing Guides but Muir Valley appreciates the assistance of Climbing Guides in this regard.
  • Climbing Guides are expected to be drug and alcohol free while guiding.
  • Private climbing parties are the primary users for Muir Valley. Climbing Guides are not permitted to monopolize routes all day for clients.

You must sign a waiver to climb at Muir Valley.

Click Here to fill it out online.