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If you want to climb great cracks, then Turkey Rocks is the place to be. Without a doubt, it has one of the finest concentrations of crack climbs in Colorado with a friendly southerly aspect and a quick approach. It is often possible to climb here during the winter, although a four wheel drive vehicle can come in handy to negotiate the snow that is sometimes found on the road and the walk to the base of the crags.

Turkey Rocks is as its name suggest is a collection of rocks. These include the Leftovers, Rightovers, Turkey Rock, The Turkey Perch, and Turkey Tail.

Getting There 

From Denver: Head south on US 285 to Pine Junction. Turn left at Pine Junction onto County Road (CR) 126 and follow the signs to Deckers. At the Deckers intersection, turn right onto CR67 and after approximately 8.5 miles turn right at the sign for Westcreek (CR73). Follow this road for about 1 mile and turn right onto CR68 (Stump Road - there's a fire station at this corner.) In about 2 miles you'll pass Sheep's Nose. After about 1 more mile, turn right onto Forest Road 51 (Cedar Mountain Road). This road is generally passable for 2WD as long as you're not driving a low rider! At about the 2 mile point you'll pass the abandoned Big Turkey Campground. You can either park here and walk about 30 minutes (uphill-not recommended) to Turkey Rocks or continue driving about another mile to the next road on the left. Take this road to its end (there are good camping spots along this road). The trail from here is good and it takes about 10 minutes to reach the saddle between Turkey Rock on your right and Turkey Perch on your left. Turkey Tail is to the left (north) of The Perch and the Leftovers are to the right (south) of Turkey Rock.

From Colorado Springs: Go west on US 24 to Woodland Park and then take a right on CO 67 towards Deckers. Approximately 14 miles from the turn left onto CR68 at Westcreek. See Denver description for instructions once at Westcreek.

Do not park in or approach the crags from Turkey Rock Ranch Estates. There is no public parking and the locals do not take this well.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.5 miles from here

105 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',38],['2 Stars',45],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Turkey Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Turkey Rocks:
Honky Jam Ass Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   Turkey Perch
Gobble Up   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   Turkey Perch
Prime Rib   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   Leftovers
Left Handed Jew   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Turkey Perch
Reefer Madness   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   Turkey Perch
Ragger Bagger   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   Turkey Perch
Gobbler's Grunt   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Turkey Rock
Turkey Shoot   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Turkey Rock
Steppenwolf   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   Turkey Perch
Straw Turkey   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Turkey Rock
Sidewinder   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   Turkey Tail
Quiver and Quill   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   Turkey Tail
Drumstick Direct   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   Turkey Tail
Finger Lickin' Good   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Turkey Rock
Vanishing Point   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   Turkey Rock
In Search of Unicorns   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Turkey Tail
Whimsical Dreams   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch   Turkey Tail
Great White Crime   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Turkey Rock
I Turkey/ Resurrection   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Turkey Tail
Johnny Lat   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Turkey Tail
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Featured Route For Turkey Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the 1st pitch.

Finger Lickin' Good 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CO : South Platte : ... : Turkey Rock
Note: this climb is not to be confused with Finger Lickin' Good at Lumpy. I changed the name from Hubbel's guide to Finger Licking Good (with a "g") to avoid confusion.On the seldom climbed north face of Turkey Rock -- visible from the parking lot -- is a pink crack bisecting the rock, perhaps 50 feet long. On a hot sunny summer day, this shaded route is an excellent destination.Locate the highest tree on the North side. Above it is the crack -- you can't miss it. Belay at this tree, getting th...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Rock Climbing Photo: Remote and plentiful, BH bouldering a new at Turke...
Remote and plentiful, BH bouldering a new at Turke...
Rock Climbing Photo: In memory of Lou.  Crimson Cringe Simulator '86.
In memory of Lou. Crimson Cringe Simulator '86.
Rock Climbing Photo: The turkey in the rocks, Turkey Rocks, CO. photo: ...
The turkey in the rocks, Turkey Rocks, CO. photo: ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset seen from top of P1, Whimsical Dreams, 11-2...
Sunset seen from top of P1, Whimsical Dreams, 11-2...
Rock Climbing Photo: "Dude, lemme lead it!"  Wild turkey at T...
"Dude, lemme lead it!" Wild turkey at T...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Great bouldering at Turkey Rocks, photo: Bob Horan...
Great bouldering at Turkey Rocks, photo: Bob Horan...
Rock Climbing Photo: Turkey Rocks formations, photo: Bob Horan.
Turkey Rocks formations, photo: Bob Horan.
Rock Climbing Photo: A brighter Turkey Rocks sunset.
A brighter Turkey Rocks sunset.
Rock Climbing Photo: Turkey Rocks from Sheep's Nose summit.
Turkey Rocks from Sheep's Nose summit.
Rock Climbing Photo: A Turkey Rocks sunset.
A Turkey Rocks sunset.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ethan at the end of the day at Turkey Rock.
Ethan at the end of the day at Turkey Rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: On the hike down.
On the hike down.
Rock Climbing Photo: Turkey Rocks as seen from the saddle of Sheeprock....
Turkey Rocks as seen from the saddle of Sheeprock....
Rock Climbing Photo: Made the hour + drive to get snowed on. Once it go...
Made the hour + drive to get snowed on. Once it go...

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By Charles Danforth
From: L'ville, CO
Apr 29, 2006
So, when was Big Turkey CG abandoned? I spent the night there last night and, though the gate was closed and there were no signs posted, it looked to be in pretty good shape. The privy was unlocked and even stocked with TP. Looks like they just haven't opened it for the season to me.

Unfortunately, my inaugural trip to South Platte didn't net any climbing. 'Twas mighty cold and snowing/y, and I am insufficiently manly. Oh well, still had a dandy time scrambling around and seeing the sights.
By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 30, 2006
Has anyone been down to Turkey Rock in the last week or two? Are there still pilot cars driving on the even hour? What is the camping situation near the crag? Thanks for the help!
By Casey Bernal
From: Arvada, CO
Nov 21, 2006
I was in the area about a month ago. The road should be fully open by now. When we were there, the road was complete but the ROAD CLOSED signs were up, and we basically just drove around. All the dirt roads were severely eroded but should be passable with moderate ground clearance.

I can't help you on the camping situation though.

By Dan Richelson
Sep 2, 2007
The directions at the top of this page are not good.
here is a link to a Google Earth Waypoint for camping (and parking for climbing) at Turkey Rocks.

Also, here is a link to a Google Maps route that takes you almost there. Simply turn left where the route stops. If you zoom in with 'Hybrid' view on Google Maps you can see the dirt road to camping and the rocks. The route starts at US 285, so Colospringers might want a different route. We drove from Boulder.

GMaps route here
By Becki
From: Denver, CO
Sep 1, 2008
...These directions above are confusing. You actually turn off of the highway where you see a sign for Westcreek (CO67) and then take a right. You will turn right onto Stump Road, or SR68, about a mile off of the highway.
By Stich
From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Sep 2, 2008
This has to be some of the best crack climbing in the entire state. Even beginners with no success on cracks can find something that fits their hands and have a good time on.

Some GPS driving directions, courtesy of Dru Whitledge.

TKYTrn1 Turkey Rocks Turnoff #1 -- turn off main hiway 67 south of
Deckers at "WestCreek" road sign --
N39 09.220 W105 09.717
TKYTrn2 Turkey Rocks Turnoff #2 Firehouse -- N39 08.653 W105 09.774
TKYTrn3 Turkey Rocks Turnoff #3 -- N39 07.776 W105 12.088
TKYTrn4 Turkey Rocks Turnoff #4 -- N39 07.533 W105 14.484

TKYPark Turkey Rocks parking area -- N39 07.048 W105 14.296
TKYPrk2 Turkey Rocks Parking 2 -- N39 07.044 W105 14.293

TKYPerch TKYPerch -- N39 06.814 W105 14.181
By John McNamee
From: Littleton, CO
Sep 3, 2008
I've tried to improve the description on how to find the place. Please let me know if it makes more sense and is correct. Dan's google map and description is probably the most accurate and thanks for posting it.
By Eckhard
From: Denver, CO
Sep 30, 2008
Why don't people go South on CO 85 to CO 67 and south on that and enter thru Westcreek? It seems like the back way and maybe shorter. What am I missing? Is it harder that way?
By slim
Oct 1, 2008
It's way, way longer that way.
By Ross Keller
From: Parker, CO
Oct 2, 2008
The "Getting There" description has been updated. Please let me know if it needs any tweaking. Thanks.
By Matt Bolt
From: Lakewood
May 21, 2009
I left a pair of 5.10 Mocasyms near the trail head leading to Turkey Rocks on Tuesday, May 19th. If someone finds them and would be willing to return them, I would be willing to compensate.
By Dan Petty
From: Wheat Ridge, CO
Nov 4, 2010
Here is the Lat/Long to the middle of Turkey Rocks:
39.114371, -105.23748.
It would be nice if the area had coordinates....
By Hoag
From: Littleton, CO
Sep 1, 2011
What's the camping situation near Turkey Rocks?
By ssp
Oct 3, 2011
What is that dome just after ya turn on Westcreek Road off to the right, viewed through a break in the hillside?
By Jerimiah Gentry
From: Denver, CO
Feb 10, 2012
So, can a carefully driven 2008 Subaru Outback get to Turkey Rocks in the winter?
By PhillR
Nov 24, 2012
I wish we had read the Mountain Project directions before heading out. Once you hit the abandoned campground and eventually come to a dead end on the drive, it's only a 10-15 min hike until the saddle. The camping situation is great, you can sleep free and easy in your vehicle or pull a tent out in the pullout.

Everyone should climb here, so many perfect cracks.
By Scott M. McNamara
From: Tucson, Arizona
Jun 2, 2013
Would anyone know if J. Hass's new guidebook [The South Platte - Northern Volume] covers this area?


Scott Mc
By Jason Parks
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jul 5, 2013
Jerimiah, I have an '07 Outback, and it does just fine. Wife freaks a bit, cause I drive too fast on the final 3 miles of dirt. 2 year old on the other hand loves it!

Scott Mc - The South Platte climbing books by Haas will eventually be a 2-volume set. The southern volume will have Turkey Rocks in it.

Camping is free there as it is in National Forest. Primitive, no toilets till you dig them (should you have a significant other that prefers...).

Great place.
By Charlie Perry
Jul 29, 2013
Just wondering if the belay stations are bolted? Want to take my son, and that would be essential.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 30, 2013
Charlie, typically they are not. I can think of about a half-dozen total at Turkey Rocks. Count on building your own belay anchors and walk-of descents! Enjoy this special place.
By mark felber
From: Wheat Ridge, CO
Oct 23, 2013
We tried to get into Turkey Rocks today, FR 51 was signposted as a 4WD road or OHV route. The first part was manageable in my Civic , but we reached a downhill stretch that appeared to have been badly damaged by the rains last month. I think I could have gotten the Civic down there, but no way would we have made it back up. We opted to spend the day at Sheep's Nose, had a great time climbing Lost In Space, and we will try Turkey Rocks when we have 4WD or the road has seen some maintenance. Right now that stretch definitely requires a lot of clearance and probably 4WD.
By Gabe De La Rosa
Mar 5, 2015
Long shot...but about three weeks ago I participated in a rescue at Turkey Perch and in the hullabaloo may have left a harness, PAC, belay device, and some biners up there. Any chance someone picked it up? I'd be incredibly grateful! PM me and I can ID the gear.
By William Armstrong
Nov 18, 2015
I see on several pages it says to bring a "Standard Turkey Rocks rack", but I can't find what a standard rack there entails. Can anyone provide some detail on this? Is wide gear (>#3 Camalot) necessary? Seems like some climbs need big pieces for sure, but in general? I've got doubles in hands-sized pieces (BD C4 0.75-2) and singles in smaller (BD C3 0 - BD C4 0.5), a BD #3, and a single rack of BD wires. Just making sure I shouldn't scramble to borrow anything. Thanks a lot!
By slim
Nov 18, 2015
I would say a main Turkey rack would be a set of stoppers, set of Aliens (or other micro), and a double set of Camalots from 0.5 to 3, and a #4.

Maybe a set of RPs or other micro wires if you are getting on something super thin, and maybe some bigger cams if you are getting on something wide. The bigger cams would be helpful if you aren't solid on wide stuff in general, as a lot of the routes have wide sections of varying length.

Hope that helps, have fun. Great place.

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