Muir Valley

Crown Jewel of the Red River Gorge


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New Parking Policy at Muir Valley


Hello from Muir Valley,


We want to thank the climbing community of Red River Gorge for your support of Muir Valley!


We have some important news to share with you concerning changes for the 2017 climbing season.


As you know, Muir Valley is one of the most popular climbing destinations in North America, with over 40,000 visitors each year. This enthusiastic utilization requires significant resources to maintain and operate the preserve, as well as continue ongoing improvements such as vault toilets in the valley, emergency response system upgrades, and new trail development.  The Muir Valley organization (formerly known as the "Friends of Muir Valley") is fortunate to own and steward such an amazing place, and we couldn’t do it without the dedication and support of the climbing community.


Muir has become so popular, however, that our parking lots are full to overflowing most weekends and some weekdays throughout the climbing season, necessitating the hiring of staff to manage the busy

lot, and occasionally visitors have had to be turned away when we reach capacity.


We have implemented a plan to achieve a fairer distribution of support, and to avoid over-crowding by charging a fee for parking at Muir Valley.  Admission to the Valley will remain FREE OF CHARGE, but there is now a daily parking charge of $10 per car.  Visitors may also purchase a 2017  Annual Parking Permit for $120, and we will provide a laminated ID to display on the dashboard while visiting.  All revenue raised by parking fees will go to Muir Valley and will be used to operate, maintain, and further enhance this special place for climbers, hikers, and those enjoying its natural beauty.


As you approach the entrance, you will notice a new visitor kiosk.  We will have staff present as much as practically possible to assist you, to process your cash or credit/debit card payment, and to give you a receipt to display on your dashboard while parked.  At other times, when it is not practical to staff the kiosk, the plan will operate on an honor system with instructions and routine monitoring, as is done in many other climbing areas.  In the event the kiosk is not staffed, please plan to bring $10 cash (per vehicle, not per person) so that you can use the honor system.


Alternatively, you may complete an application on this website for a Muir Valley Annual Parking Permit, and pay $120 by PayPal, credit, or debit card.  We will then send a laminated 2017 Annual Parking Permit (good until Dec 31, 2017) to your postal address.


Thank you for your support and cooperation.  We value your feedback as well as your support.  If you have questions or comments, please contact us at  We look forward to seeing you in the spring!

A note from Rick and Liz Weber, Founders and former owners of Muir Valley:  "FOMV is demonstrating that they are truly Friends of Muir Valley by taking this step to provide for long-term sustainability. They continue to make us happy that we chose this fine organization as the recipient of the gift of the Valley."

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