Elevation: 5,814 ft
GPS: 38.083, -109.562 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Ben F on Nov 29, 1999
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq
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Access Issue: RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek Details
Access Issue: Portions of Reservoir Wall are on private land and should not be climbed. Details

Description

This cliff stays shaded for much of the day and is good during the late spring or early fall. Overall, route concentration here isn’t quite as high as some other cliffs, but route quality is.

Important - Stay off the part of the wall that faces the road. If you are looking down at the water, then you shouldn’t be there. Access is touchy. Yes, there are good climbs there, but no, you don’t want to ruin access for everyone and there are just a few hundred other good climbs in the Creek.

RAPTOR CLOSURES: Please be aware of seasonal raptor closures at the Cat wall and Reservoir wall. They occur annually from March 31st until August 31st. *Due to the federal hiring freeze in agencies such as the BLM of Monticello, no official closure for 2017 has been issued and the laws which have been put in place in previous years are not being enforced. Please, for the sake of fragile desert ecology, DO NOT CLIMB at stated walls. These raptors return to the same nesting sites every year to raise their nestlings. These cracks aren't going anywhere, please respect the closure and spread the word.

Getting There

Go approximately 8 miles past Newspaper Rock. Pass the reservoir on your right. Just a bit further down the road and also on your right, across from the road for Beef Basin, is the parking for this wall. Pass through the gate and veer slightly right, eventually hitting a trail. There are 2 branches off this trail. The first one puts you closer to the road, near Pente and the further trail leads you to about where Excuse Station is.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Reservoir Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 234
Dr. Carl
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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 167
Unnamed 5.10 (Bloom Route 12) -…
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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 216
Warm-Up Handcrack
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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 67
Three Fools
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5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 47
Ernie Used to Box
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5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 324
Pente
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5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 52
No Excuse
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 201
Excuse Station
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 32
Raja
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 40
Wigglin' Worm
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 41
Finger Food
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5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 98
Slot Machine
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5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 30
Ninja
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5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 55
Gurka
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5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 73
Middle Crack
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dr. Carl
 234
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Unnamed 5.10 (Bloom Route…
 167
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Warm-Up Handcrack
 216
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Three Fools
 67
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Ernie Used to Box
 47
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Pente
 324
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
No Excuse
 52
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Excuse Station
 201
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Raja
 32
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Wigglin' Worm
 40
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Finger Food
 41
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Slot Machine
 98
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Ninja
 30
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Gurka
 55
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Middle Crack
 73
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
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Ben F
Benfield, Kolorado
Ben F   Benfield, Kolorado
I was told (this past week) that climbing on the portions of the cliff facing the road is not a problem. However, approach as stated above and do not cross the private property. Note that this is what I "heard" and it needs to be verified as does my closure warning. Nov 25, 2001
Rob T  
As of May of 06, Heidi(Dugout Ranch) would still prefer that climbers not climb on the front face of Resevoir. It sucks, but there are tons of walls down there, i don't think we really need to force the issue on this one. Sep 11, 2006
Monty
Golden, CO
Monty   Golden, CO  
Not sure if the access has changed, but it doesn't seem as if anyone is following/ know about these guidelines as there is no information actually posted at any of the bulletin boards or at the wall. Oct 17, 2009
Devin Fin
DURANGO
Devin Fin   DURANGO
big rock fell around the over look speedy Gonzalez area mid June .. hope the two routs made it? this wall is coming apart. over the last ten years i have seen it falling off from pods wall to excuse station! Jun 29, 2010