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Rough Canyon is located just south of Grand Junction and is in a BLM managed area. There are a variety of sandstone cliffs around that boast some route potential. The most notable of the features in this area is Tabeguache Tower (tab-uh-watch), named after the nearby and popular Tabeguache Trail.
To reach from Grand Jct., turn off Broadway (CO highway 340) onto Rim Rock Drive (the way to the CNM) and go 1 block, then turn left on to D Road, which soon turns into Rosevale Rd. and leads to CS Road (aka Little Park Road). Follow CS Road for approximately 5 miles (8km) to the turnoff to Rough and Bangs canyons at the first left after the crest of the hill. This is also the trailhead to the Tabeguache Trail. Park at the gravel parking area and hike 1/4 mile (.4 km) south on a rough road to a small canyon. Go left or east, following this canyon about 1/2 mile (.8 km) to where the canyon joins the large valley of Rough Canyon; some scrambling down will be involved. Tabeguache Tower will be obvious at this point, 10 minutes up the hill to the south. The tower is also visible from the rim of the canyon, a short hike down the Tabeguache trail.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rough Canyon:
Eve of War 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Waxing Gibbous 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Dead President 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
Tabeguache Tower 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a A1 R Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 350'
Uncle Fester 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
The Junk Ride 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13 Trad, 4 pitches, 400'
Guantastic 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Rough Rider (thanks d-ron) 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Maximum Impaction 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, 2 pitches, 165'
Cousin It 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Solar Impact 5.12+ 7c 28 IX E6 6b PG13 Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
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