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Description 

The far western sections of Colorado are pretty wild. What settlements there are are based upon ranching and uranium exploration. Due to its nature and relative inaccessibility climbers have been late to develop this quiet corner of the state.

The cliffs detailed in this part of Unaweep are spread out roughly along CO-141 between the heart of Unaweep and the small town of Uravan. Once you travel further than, this the cliffs continue but are described in the Naturita/Nucla section of this database.

Many of the known cliff in this area were developed by Charlie Fowler and others from Telluride. There is, however, much to still be explored.

Getting There 

From Grand Junction, Colorado. Head south out of town on US-50, towards Montrose and Delta. After traveling about 9 miles south of Grand Junction, turn right on CO-141, toward Gateway. This intersection is located in the small town of Whitewater.

Follow CO-141 past Nine Mile Hill, and continue for a several miles past all the granite cliffs in central Unaweep. Eventually the road drops steeply through a narrow section in the canyon with some sharper turns. After this the canyon opens up to reveal a huge valley with sandstone cliffs in every direction.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.8 miles from here

32 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Gateway Vicinity aka The West End

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gateway Vicinity aka The West End:
Banana Hammock    5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   Gateway : Brighams Peters Tower (aka ...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Start of P3.

Mickey Mouse Club Tower 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2  CO : Grand Junction Area : ... : Cottonwood Canyon / Fisher ...
This is a huge tower located on a neck cutoff of Fisher Creek that somehow was unclimbed until now. Expect an adventure.P1. Start on the southwest side, climb up to the left of the large chimney, and then crawl over to get started. Follow cracks up through sporty/loose climbing until you make it into the chimney. Continue up and behind some chockstones until you reach a large ledge in an alcove where you can build a belay with a few hand-sized pieces at a bedding seam, 5.9.P2. Climb out of the a...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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