Grand Junction, with an approximate population of 42,000, is the largest center on the Colorado Western Slope, unofficially serving as the capital of the region. The city located along the north side of Colorado River where it receives the Gunnison River from south.
Downtown Grand Junction is a classic western town, that is gradually evolving into an arts center, with galleries and antique shops. The name "Grand" refers to the historical name of the upper Colorado used by locals in the late 19th and early 20th century. The city sits near the mid-point of 30-mile (48 km) arcing valley, known as the Grand Valley, that is a major fruit growing region, historically home to the Ute people and settled by white farmers in the 1880s. In recent years, several wineries have been established in the area as well. The Colorado National Monument, a series of canyons and mesas similar to the Grand Canyon, overlook the city. Interstate 70 connects the city eastward to Glenwood Springs and Denver. The Monument is a great place to hit some towers and climb some great desert cracks.
Spring and Fall are often the best times of the year to visit and climb here. Summers can be very warm and winters although mild compared to the rest of the state can be unpredicatable with cold winds.
On rest days, about 10 miles west of GJ is the town of Fruita, which has some good single track mountain biking, both at the Bookcliffs and above to the Colorado River. People compare it to Moab 10 years ago! It is the starting point of the Kokopeli Trail which is a great bike trip between Fruita and Moab of about 142 miles. One good resource is bikerpelli. My wife and I did it over four days last spring and had a blast.
This area will include areas close by, including DeBeque Canyon, Rattlesnake Canyon, Palisade, Unaweep, Grand Mesa, and Colorado National Monument.
Summit Canyon Mountaineering is located downtown, as well as brew pubs and heap of eating choices. REI also has a store located to the East of the town center.
If climbing at the National Monument, camp at the campground,
Other places to stay include ...
There is also wine tasting in the area for those staying for multiple days.
Additionally there is the Western Colorado Climbers' Coalition (WCCC) which can be contacted for local information or updates on bolting rules etc. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: westernslopeclimbers.blogspot.com/
By Jesse Zacher Administrator From: Grand Junction, Co Apr 12, 2010
Recently the ASCA has sponsored the Western Colorado Climbers' Coalition to replace anchors in the area. If you notice an anchor in need of replacement, please email the WCCC at email@example.com.
Just a heads up, there's a golden eagle nesting up canyon of Monolith Spire in Monument Canyon, I was told by some rangers that climbing is off limits until Sept. 1st in this area, but luckily there isn't much climbing that is affected. Monolith Spire is off limits and everything up canyon to Desert Solitaire is also off, but Desert Solitaire itself is open.
One last note, someone has a rope fixed on what I'm guessing is a new route (or maybe just a really obscure route) in between Monolith and Desert S. If this is your rope, or you know who's it is, get a hold of the park service (I believe they said contact the chief ranger) about possibly getting it back, otherwise it might not be until the climbing closure is lifted before you can get your rope back down. Just don't go climb up there to get it down, it doesn't sound like the park service would be too happy about it, and big fines are possible if you get caught.
Hmm.... since it's "proven" that Grand Junction has such "horrible" rock don't y'all think it's odd that it's in the top 3 for MOST ROUTES in Colorado on MP with over 900+ postings for the area? Must be a fluke then, right??? LOL