Elevation: 4,643 ft
GPS: 39.081, -108.522 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 2,239,705 total · 12,812/month
Shared By: John McNamee on Mar 2, 2006
Admins: Jesse Zacher, Jared LaVacque, Bradley Mark Edwards, Nick Reecy, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

Grand Junction, with an approximate population of 62,000 (as of 2017), 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.

Getting There

Resources

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: western_co_climbers@hotamil.com
Website: westernslopeclimbers.blogsp…

Weather

You can try NOAA.

3,369 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: Grand Junction Area Change
Type:  to 
Quality:
Pitches:
Sort by:   then:
 

Classic Climbing Routes at Grand Junction Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 73
The Millennium Falcon
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 101
Interiors
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 77
True Grit
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 398
Otto's Route
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 133
Sweet Sunday Serenade
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 97
Lieback
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 92
The Shaft
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 79
Right of Lieback
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 126
Key Hole
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 128
Willy's Hand Jive
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 120
S Crack
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 66
The Curve
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 52
Long Dong Wall (aka Bell Tower)
Trad 5 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 75
Rednekk Justus
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 62
Medicine Man
Trad 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Millennium Falcon Dynamite Shacks > Main Area > Falcon Block
 73
V1 5 Boulder
Interiors Escalante Canyon > Interiors Wall Area
 101
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
True Grit Unaweep Canyon > Nine Mile Hill > Grit Wall
 77
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Otto's Route Colorado Nation… > Independence Monument
 398
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Sweet Sunday Serenade Unaweep Canyon > … > Access Fund Tra… > Sunday Wall
 133
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Lieback Escalante Canyon > Interiors Wall Area
 97
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
The Shaft Escalante Canyon > Interiors Wall Area
 92
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Right of Lieback Escalante Canyon > Interiors Wall Area
 79
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Key Hole Escalante Canyon > Interiors Wall Area
 126
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Willy's Hand Jive Escalante Canyon > Cabin Wall
 128
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
S Crack Escalante Canyon > Cabin Wall
 120
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
The Curve Escalante Canyon > Zappa Wall
 66
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Long Dong Wall (aka Bell To… Colorado Nation… > Kissing Couple… > Kissing Couple
 52
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 5 pitches
Rednekk Justus Escalante Canyon > Cabin Wall
 75
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Medicine Man Colorado Nation… > Sentinel Spire
 62
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad 4 pitches
More Classic Climbs in Grand Junction Area »

Weather Averages

High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w Precip
 
Prime Climbing Season
J F M A M J J A S O N D
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Photos