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Areas in Grand Junction Area

Bang's Canyon 0 / 10 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Bookcliffs 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Bullet Hole Boulder Area 3 / 1 / 11 / 28 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 38
Colorado National Monument 161 / 7 / 7 / 12 / 0 / 33 / 0 / 0 / 181
De Beque Canyon 3 / 0 / 0 / 34 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 37
Dominguez Canyon Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Dynamite Shacks 0 / 0 / 1 / 63 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 64
Escalante Canyon 78 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 80
Grand Mesa 58 / 37 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 82
Holy Cross Boulders 0 / 0 / 1 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
McInnis Canyon Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
McInnis Canyons 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 7
Palisade 14 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 19
Rabbit Valley 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
Rattlesnake Canyon 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Riggs' Hill 0 / 0 / 0 / 73 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 73
Rough Canyon 12 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 13
South Camp 0 / 0 / 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Swimming Hole, The 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Tabeguache Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Unaweep Canyon 298 / 148 / 7 / 1610 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 1977

Description

Grand Junction, with an approximate population of 60,000 (as of 2013), 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

Map of Grand Junction

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: http://westernslopeclimbers.blogspot.com/

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Classic Climbing Routes at Grand Junction Area

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The Millennium Falcon
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sun Dancer
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Interiors
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5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Otto's Route
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sweet Sunday Serenade
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Lieback
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5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
100' Hands
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5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Key Hole
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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Willy's Hand Jive
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5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
S Crack
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5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Questions and Answers
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
The Curve
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Long Dong Wall (aka Bell Tower)
Trad 5 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Rednekk Justus
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5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Medicine Man
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The Millennium Falcon Dynamite Shacks > Main Area > Falcon Block V1 5 Boulder
Sun Dancer Unaweep Canyon > … > Access Fund Trail… > Sunday Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Interiors Escalante Canyon > Interiors Wall Area 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Otto's Route Colorado National… > Independence Monument 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Sweet Sunday Serenade Unaweep Canyon > … > Access Fund Trail… > Sunday Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Lieback Escalante Canyon > Interiors Wall Area 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
100' Hands Colorado National… > Tiara Rado 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Key Hole Escalante Canyon > Interiors Wall Area 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Willy's Hand Jive Escalante Canyon > Cabin Wall 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
S Crack Escalante Canyon > Cabin Wall 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Questions and Answers Unaweep Canyon > … > Mother's Buttress > Upper Mother's Buttress 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
The Curve Escalante Canyon > Zappa Wall 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Long Dong Wall (aka Bell To… Colorado National… > Kissing Couple area > Kissing Couple 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 5 pitches
Rednekk Justus Escalante Canyon > Cabin Wall 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Medicine Man Colorado National… > Sentinel Spire 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad 4 pitches
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Andy Bowen
Grand Junction, CO
Andy Bowen   Grand Junction, CO
Here is a video I made for the area. Enjoy.
youtube.com/watch?v=S9vW8z0… Oct 28, 2015
Bradley Mark Edwards
Grand Junction, CO
Bradley Mark Edwards   Grand Junction, CO  
Just wanted to share a quick video some of us made about some Grand Junction boulders. It's not going to win an award, but hopefully you'll enjoy it!

youtube.com/watch?v=0Ex9pWk… Dec 24, 2012
Hoez
Uganda
Hoez   Uganda
Hmm.... since it's "proven" that Grand Junction has such "horrible" rock don't y'all think it's odd that it's in the top 3 for MOST ROUTES in Colorado on MP with over 900+ postings for the area? Must be a fluke then, right??? LOL Oct 10, 2012
Jesse Zacher
Grand Junction, Co
Jesse Zacher   Grand Junction, Co  
A good video highlighting some great stuff around here! vimeo.com/40030059. Apr 18, 2012
I don't think there are raptor restrictions for East Creek, and yes, 4-Blocks and Grit are a great places for new climbers. The routes are bolted well and there are many easy lines. Jul 9, 2011
Margie  
Just wondering if the Four Blocks Crag or Grit Wall are open considering the eagle situation. Also wondering if this would be a good place to bring a beginner climber.
Thanks! Jul 6, 2011
Rschap
Grand Junction, CO
Rschap   Grand Junction, CO
I talked with one of the guys that works at the park yesterday, and he said they expanded the zone to go around the corner more. I think Desert Solitaire is affected by this expansion. Apr 25, 2011
Jesse Zacher
Grand Junction, Co
Jesse Zacher   Grand Junction, Co  
Recently the ASCA has sponsored the Western Colorado Climbers' Coalition to replace anchors in the area. If you notice an anchor in need of replacement, please email the WCCC at western_co_climbers@hotmail.com. Apr 12, 2010

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