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

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. Herb is now a Moab resident, with the enviable status of living in the house closest to the world-famous Slickrock Bike Trail. He enjoys his guide days better now that his clients are not out there under court order. He's an accomplished climber and on days when he's not leading visitors into the canyons he can be found ascending some of the desert's most challenging walls and towers - not to mention riding a lap or two on Slickrock.

Herb Crimp
Herb Crimp

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

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 epic endurance rides - the more obscure the better. He is also a pilot and spends many hours airborne scouting remote canyons and soaking up the amazing views. He has also taken to paragliding and BASE jumping for aerial enjoyment.

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. He was not born, nor did he grow up, in Virginia.

Matt Moore
Matt Moore

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