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Grand Junction, with an approximate population of 63,000 (as of 2019), is the largest center on Colorado’s Western Slope, unofficially serving as the capital of the region. The city is named for the junction of the Gunnison River and the Colorado River (formerly known as the Grand River).

Downtown Grand Junction is a classic western town that is gradually evolving into an arts center, with galleries and antique shops. The city sits near the midpoint of a 30-mile (48 km) arcing valley known as the Grand Valley, which is a major fruit growing region and the historic home to the Ute people. 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, overlooks 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 unpredictable with cold winds. 

On rest days, about 10 miles west of Grand Junction is the town of Fruita, which has some good singletrack mountain biking, both at the 18 Road Area in the North Fruita Desert and the Kokopelli Trail system above the Colorado River. It is also the starting point of the Kokopeli Trail which is a great bike-packing trip between Fruita and Moab of about 142 miles. Additional information about bike packing can be found at bikerpelli.

This area will include areas close by including DeBeque Canyon, Rattlesnake Canyon, Palisade, Unaweep, Grand Mesa, and Colorado National Monument.

Getting There


Climbing Shops and Guidebooks

Summit Canyon Mountaineering is located downtown and is a great source for local beta and gear. REI also has a store located east of downtown Grand Junction. Plan to visit Main Street for a great selection of local restaurants and breweries.


The following guidebooks (listed below in alphabetical order) describe climbing in Grand Junction and the surrounding area. Please note that some books have several editions and others are out of print.

  • Bouldering Unaweep Canyon: Volume 1 by David Lloyd

  • Classic Desert Climbs by Fred Knapp

  • Colorado Bouldering: Mountains and Western Slope by Phillip Benningfield

  • Desert Rock: Rock Climbs in the National Parks by Eric Bjornstad

  • Desert Rock III: Moab to Colorado National Monument by Eric Bjornstad

  • Grand Junction Rock: Rock climbs of Unaweep Canyon and adjacent areas by K.C. Baum

  • Rock Climbing Colorado (Falcon Guides) by Steven M. Green

Local Climbing Organization

The Western Colorado Climbers' Coalition (WCCC) is a great resource for local information, access issues, events, updates on bolting rules etc.

Website: westernslopeclimbers.blogsp…

Facebook: facebook.com/WesternColorad…;

Instagram: instagram.com/westerncolora…;


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Classic Climbing Routes at Grand Junction Area

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V1 5
The Millennium Falcon
V5- 6C
Mark of Zorro (aka Route 2)
V6 7A
Chinese Algebra
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
True Grit
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Otto's Route
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sweet Sunday Serenade
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
The Shaft
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Key Hole
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
100' Hands
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Willy's Hand Jive
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
S Crack
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
The Curve
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Rednekk Justus
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Medicine Man
Trad 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Millennium Falcon Dynamite Shacks > Main Area > Falcon Block
V1 5 Boulder
Mark of Zorro (aka Route 2) Unaweep Canyon > … > Bone Park Bould… > Plethora Boulder (Rig…
V5- 6C Boulder
Chinese Algebra Unaweep Canyon > … > Mecca Area > Mecca Boulder
V6 7A Boulder
Interiors Escalante Canyon > Interiors Wall Area
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
True Grit Unaweep Canyon > … > Nine Mile Roped > Grit Wall
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Otto's Route Colorado Nation… > Independence Monument
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Sweet Sunday Serenade Unaweep Canyon > … > Access Fund Tra… > Sunday Wall
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
The Shaft Escalante Canyon > Interiors Wall Area
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Key Hole Escalante Canyon > Interiors Wall Area
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
100' Hands Colorado Nation… > Tiara Rado
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Willy's Hand Jive Escalante Canyon > Island aka Left side…
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
S Crack Escalante Canyon > Cabin Wall
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
The Curve Escalante Canyon > Zappa Wall
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Rednekk Justus Escalante Canyon > Cabin Wall
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Medicine Man Colorado Nation… > Sentinel Spire
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad 4 pitches
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