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Big Gypsum - Dolores Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,500'
Location: 38.1329, -108.8745 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: John Peterson on Sep 8, 2009
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Pictograph near the base of Psycho Tower.


There are excellent crags in the Dolores River canyon with sandstone towers and walls rising from the Dolores River.

Getting There 

There are two climbing areas in the Big Gypsum Valley area - this is the lower one on the banks of the Dolores River. From Naturita, drive towards Slickrock and turn onto Road 20R - this is a good dirt road and there should a be a sign for a Dolores River launch site. From the pavement, it's about 13 miles to the climbing areas.

Climbing Season

For the Naturita and Paradox Valley area.

Weather station 16.6 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Big Gypsum - Dolores

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Big Gypsum - Dolores:
Psycho-Path   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 180'   Psycho Tower
Nameless Face   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Psycho Tower
Tower Of Power   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Hamm Canyon : Tower Of Power
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Featured Route For Big Gypsum - Dolores
Rock Climbing Photo: Jessica finishing up her onsight of S.S.S.S.

Sizzlin' Summer Solstice Spectacular 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  CO : Naturita and Paradox Valley : ... : Black Wall
On the right (eastern) wall, this is the obvious, beautiful arete in the center of the wall. Fun moves and great views will both keep you on your game....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Big Gypsum - Dolores Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Early morning in the Dolores River Canyon.
Early morning in the Dolores River Canyon.
Rock Climbing Photo: Psycho Tower.
Psycho Tower.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lovely spring blooms.
Lovely spring blooms.

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