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Dolores Canyon 


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Description 

Dolores Canyon is a very nice, accessible canyon on BLM land that has camping, a river (sometimes), and quality Wingate sandstone rock. The climbs are 1-2 pitches in length, and the approaches are mostly short. The climbs face east or northeast, so this can be a bit chilly in the winter. This area offers seclusion in a wilderness setting.


Getting There 

Just south of Dove Creek on US Highway 666, there is a turn by the airport. There is a BLM sign that says "Dolores Canyon overlook." Turn down this road and take your first left by the airport, do not go to the overlook (unless you want to see the view). There may be signs to Mountain Sheep Point or the pumping station. Follow this road down into Big Canyon and the boat ramp at the pumphouse. Continue past the boat ramp to where the cliffs come closer to the road and the rock quality improves dramatically. There are several obvious buttresses, and some of them have routes on them. There are still opportunities for FAs here, too. The local ethic here is traditional (ground up). There is one particularly good buttress, just to the right of a drainage system, called Beehive Buttress.


Topos 

Topos from Ian Altman:

DOLO topos.
DOLO topos.


DOLO topos - Pump House Crag, close up on Red Rock Simulator Wall. "Bee Hive Buttress" and the obvious arch/cave are just to the looker's right.
DOLO topos - Pump House Crag, close up on Red Rock Simulator Wall. "Bee Hive Buttress" and the obvious arch/cave are just to the looker's right.


Dolo topos.
Dolo topos.


DOLO topos - Ten Mile Crag - 10 miles from Dove Creek, CO.
DOLO topos - Ten Mile Crag - 10 miles from Dove Creek, CO.


DOLO topos - The Wind Tower - FA I. Altman, K. Allinger, & J. Kelly, 1995.  FFA - I. Altman, J. Hooten, 2001.
DOLO topos - The Wind Tower - FA I. Altman, K. Allinger, & J. Kelly, 1995. FFA - I. Altman, J. Hooten, 2001.


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On the FA, looking down on Jon moments after his prescription glasses went sailing....

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Retro Groove Wall hosting - The Lunch Box Special, Groove Tube, Walking Enigma, and the Bearded Lunch Lady.
Retro Groove Wall hosting - The Lunch Box Special,...
Unknown route.
Unknown route.
Wind Tower - bolt and gear protected stem box (5.11) with rad, locker, finger splitter above (5.10).
Wind Tower - bolt and gear protected stem box (5.1...
Wind Tower, 5.11***  200 feet.
Wind Tower, 5.11*** 200 feet.
Lee Unsoeld finds some family roots as he climbs the Honeycomb, 5.9*.
Lee Unsoeld finds some family roots as he climbs t...
Alexis Lang floats her way into Rizla's Crack -5.10+ (A0 or 5.13 down low).
Alexis Lang floats her way into Rizla's Crack -5.1...
Dolores Canyon map.
BETA PHOTO: Dolores Canyon map.
Unknown corner.
Unknown corner.
Unknown corner.
Unknown corner.
Area I have found most routes put up. Near pump house.
BETA PHOTO: Area I have found most routes put up. Near pump ho...
Unknown route in the canyon.
Unknown route in the canyon.
Tana on unknown mod in Dolores Canyon.
Tana on unknown mod in Dolores Canyon.
J. Hooten straddles the summit of Wind Tower on FFA, September, 12th 2001 (Judgment Day!!).
J. Hooten straddles the summit of Wind Tower on FF...
Sunflowers above the canyon.
BETA PHOTO: Sunflowers above the canyon.
Wind Tower ~ splitter fingers with lots of good feet all around :-)
Wind Tower ~ splitter fingers with lots of good fe...
The Doloresq River Canyon near Dove Creek, CO Windgate sandstone lines this relatively tame (and dammed) Western Slope river.
The Doloresq River Canyon near Dove Creek, CO Wind...
5.10 crack at 4.2 mile Crag.
5.10 crack at 4.2 mile Crag.
4.2 mile Crag.
4.2 mile Crag.
Crossing the river to climb.
Crossing the river to climb.
Besides no people, good camping, and a river, it's just like Indian Creek... in spots ;-)
Besides no people, good camping, and a river, it's...
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By Johnkelley
Jan 31, 2012

Are people still climbing here? We put up several lines in this area in the late '90s/ early 2000s. The "unknown" photo of the 5.7/8 is the Red Rocks Simulator. Don't remember the name of the one called 5.10b in the photo, but Crystal Davis and I did the FA. I remember that we called the thin crack/seam that it shares an anchor with The Seamster.

By Johnkelley
Jan 31, 2012

The photo in the center, traverse in from the left to the finger crack, is Sunday Strole. Ian Altman did the FA with someone, sorry it's been a while and I can't remember.

By kyle a.
Mar 26, 2012

Good climbing, cracks and faces. The routes can be hard to find, Ian Altman in Durango has the topo and crag locator. Thanks, Kyle

By chosspector
From: San Juans, CO
Nov 22, 2012

Lots of new bolts have been popping up lately, most recently on the left-most route at The Pumphouse. The bolts being used are total crap, hardware store Redheads (hanger is on a tiny grade 3, 5/16" stud), meanwhile the rest of the route is bomber Rawls. If you're gonna place a bolt, spend the money and order bomber ones from a reputable source, not Home Depot. As is stands now, all the Redheads should be replaced with something that is trustworthy.

By ian altman
Feb 28, 2014

Dolores River Canyon topos - "Pump House Crag" 4.3 miles from Dove Creek, CO. Our crew began climbing the obvious crack lines here in 1995 and quickly ventured onto the faces ground-up style throughout the early ots.

DOLO topos.
DOLO topos.

By ian altman
Feb 28, 2014

Dolores River Canyon Topos- "Pump House Crag" 4.3 miles from Dove Creek, CO.

Dolo topos.
Dolo topos.

By ian altman
Feb 28, 2014

DOLO topos - Pump House Crag, close up on Red Rock Simulator Wall. "Bee Hive Buttress" and the obvious arch/cave are just to the looker's right.
DOLO topos - Pump House Crag, close up on Red Rock Simulator Wall. "Bee Hive Buttress" and the obvious arch/cave are just to the looker's right.

By ian altman
Feb 28, 2014

Dolores River Canyon - "Ten Mile Crag" just 10 miles from Dove Creek, CO. We first climbed here in 1995 through the late '90s and did a few more in early '00s.

DOLO topos - Ten Mile Crag - 10 miles from Dove Creek, CO.
DOLO topos - Ten Mile Crag - 10 miles from Dove Creek, CO.

By ian altman
Feb 28, 2014

This one is well worth the river crossing and the steep/loose approach. A real gem with one of the better Wingate finger cracks in the canyon! A unique stem box (protected by 4" Rawls :) to a dead vertical, splitter and locker finger crack surrounded by foot holds.

DOLO topos - The Wind Tower - FA I. Altman, K. Allinger, & J. Kelly, 1995.  FFA - I. Altman, J. Hooten, 2001.
DOLO topos - The Wind Tower - FA I. Altman, K. Allinger, & J. Kelly, 1995. FFA - I. Altman, J. Hooten, 2001.