Joe Lee

Location Moab, UT

Role Guide

About Joe Lee

Joe visited Moab and loved the place so much he stayed.  His guests consistently describe him as being professional, knowledgeable, capable, detail-oriented, encouraging, fun, and low-key.  Guests report that Joe has a knack for reading energy and making them feel at ease.  They often described their experience as being one of the best days of our lives, unforgettable, unbelievable, and thrilling.

In addition to rock guiding in Moab, Joe works for Grand County Search and Rescue (Moab area SAR) and Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Search and Rescue.  Joe has played key roles in numerous rescues including many technical rope rescues.  Joe’s SAR training and experience along with his guide training informs his judgment, which he applies to guiding.

Joe draws on his varied life experience to provide a quality guided experience.  Joe has climbed extensively in North America including at the Bugaboos, Squamish, Index, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Red Rock, Tetons, Eldo, RMNP, Lumpy, Cochise, Devils Tower, the Gunks, and El Potrero Chico. Joe has worked as a Backcountry National Park Ranger, a custom van builder for a company he started, an attorney at a nationally recognized law firm, and a mechanical engineer.


  • - AMGA Assistant Rock Guide
  • - Wilderness First Responder
  • - CPR
  • - National Park Rope Rescue Training
  • - Grand County Technical Rope Rescue Training


  • My guide Joe made my dreams come true with a successful tower climb. He was beyond patient, very knowledgeable and always encouraging. Also very helpful in climbing techniques and a great teacher. Joe’s expertise is what gave me the confidence to accomplish my goal!

    — Mandy
  • Joe Lee was an excellent guide on a recent excursion my friends and I went on. We’re all experienced gym climbers who had never been to Moab or climbed outdoors. Joe was extremely knowledgeable and professional. The experience was a great chance for us to try a new type of climbing with proper and safe guidance while being taught tips and tricks to take with us on future trips. Joe even gave us local recommendations for anything from dinner to future climbing expeditions. We were all very pleased and would certainly use this service and Joe in the future. Thanks!

    — Mike C
  • This was our first time climbing in Moab, and Joe made our experience the best. We felt totally at ease with his experience and expertise. Definitely one of the best days of our lives, thank you so much!!

    — Isabel P
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