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• Herb Crimp
• Matt Moore
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Visit our office in Moab, Utah
Located at 50 East Center Street
Desert Highlights Corporate Headquarters
We're conveniently located next to the Moab Information Center in downtown Moab, Utah
Desert Highlights Corporate Headquarters

Desert Highlights Corporate Headquarters

Desert Highlights Corporate Headquarters
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Melissa spent her formative years between Southern Maryland and Gulf Shores, AL, breaking free from the south in 2007 when she made the life changing move west to Denver, CO. It was here that she was introduced to rock climbing and eventually canyoneering during her first visit to Moab in 2008. Although most of her days were spent adventuring outdoors, she found time to attend UC Denver and receive a bachelors degree in Environmental Science. She gave the 9 to 5 lifestyle a chance and quickly learned that sitting behind a computer was not the life for her. She has traveled and worked throughout the US and Central America, finally landing in Moab in 2013.

She has spent time canyoneering in the slots of Zion, the Grand Canyon and the Moab area and climbing all over Colorado and Southern Utah. On her days off, she can be found exploring remote areas of Southern Utah, whether it be in a deep, narrow canyon or on top of a tall, skinny desert tower - her favorite way to experience desert rock climbing. She feels at home in the desert and truly enjoys sharing this special place with visitors. As a guide, she finds great reward in coaxing the fearful over the edge of a cliff - on rope, of course!

Melissa Wiggins
Melissa Wiggins

Herb grew up in Virginia hiking and climbing in the Appalachians. He got his first taste of southern Utah during a thirty day Wilderness Leadership course through his alma mater, Radford University. He received his bachelor's degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism.

After graduating, Herb worked as an environmental education teacher in Alabama. The lure of the West is strong, however, and in 2005 he returned to live in northern Utah and work as a counselor for a wilderness therapy program. The challenges of work had him seeking solace on his days off in the breathtaking backcountry of southern Utah. In 2007, Herb began guiding for Desert Highlights. Herb has also been a climbing and backcountry snowboard instructor for NOLS since 2011. His enthusiasm for traveling through remote canyons is contagious. In 2015, Herb purchased Desert Highlights from Matt to become the sole owner.

Herb is certified as a Swiftwater Rescue Technician and a Wilderness First Responder. He has trained with NOLS as a climbing Instructor. Herb has also completed a Level 1 Avalanche course through NOLS.

Herb Crimp
Herb Crimp

Matt founded Desert Highlights in 1997 after spending nearly ten years poking around the landscape of southern Utah. His admiration of wild places was kindled years ago while living in Yosemite and climbing the valley's beautiful big walls. Pride ensued, so Matt moved to Moab and sought humility while climbing the daunting towers of the desert. A love affair with the desert quickly developed and continues to this day. But, as is the case with many folks living in Moab, climbing was just the beginning...

Mountain biking soon caught his attention. While the popular rides surrounding Moab are fun, he really enjoys obscure endurance rides especially ones that require bikes with extra wide tires. He has also taken to paragliding and BASE jumping for aerial enjoyment.

He is also a pilot and spends many hours airborne scouting remote canyons and soaking up the amazing views. In fact, Matt enjoys flying so much that he now flies full time. A scenic flight with Matt through Redtail Aviation is a once in a life time oppourtunity to see canyon country from the perspective of a guide who knows the land better than just about anyone!

Matt is a former Captain and Technical Rock Rescue Specialist of the Grand County (Moab) Search and Rescue Team. He has trained with the high-angle rescue teams from Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. He is also a certified Swiftwater Rescue Technician and Wilderness First Responder.

Matt Moore
Matt Moore

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50 East Center St.
PO Box 1342
Moab, Utah 84532
(800) 747-1342
(435) 259-4433