Elevation: 6,409 ft
GPS: 38.491, -108.057 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: kyle sanders on Jun 7, 2009 with improvements by Ernotruji Trujillo
Admins: Edward Medina, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Montrose is a largely rural, but growing city with a population of around 19,000 within city limits (as of 2010). Once a town of mainly ranchers and farmers, Montrose is now becoming a community of families, retirees, and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

The rock quality in the area is widely varied, from bomber sandstone, to less-than-bomber granite. Many sandstone cliff-lines and boulders can be found west of town, on the edge of the Uncompahgre Plateau, while some granite is found east of town, near the edge of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. There are very few developed areas, but the ambitious climber could absolutely take advantage of undeveloped areas for bouldering and trad climbing.

The rock climbing community in Montrose is not large, but it is there. It consists mostly of experienced weekend warriors, but also of young climbers from the local high school climbing team. Local beta is scarce, and mainly passed by word of mouth.

For rest days, Montrose certainly lives up to its motto, "Stay Here, Play Everywhere." Though best known for its close proximity to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, there are countless other opportunities to enjoy the outdoors within a thirty minute drive of town, and within town as well. The newly built Water Sports Park has drawn the interest of both amateur and hardened kayakers and SUP-ers. The brand new Rec Center, which opened in February of 2017, is booming with business from climbers, runners, and other athletes from the Montrose area. For a quick after-work pump, the Rec Center even has a small climbing wall, specially textured and painted to resemble the Black Canyon.

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Garry Baker
Montrose, CO
Garry Baker   Montrose, CO
The directions to Dry Creek are okay, but the first line should say, "head west" out of Montrose on Spring Creek road, not east. Also, the Google map "A" symbol is about a mile south of the actual crag. Sep 7, 2009
The dry creek area recently changed from an open travel plan to a designate route system, as a result the roads are now marked in the area. To access the climbing area, follow Rim Road to the third designated open road on the right (just before you pass under the METAL power lines). This road runs along the top of the canyon rim above the climbing area. If you stay right at the first fork and take a left at the second fork in this road, it will land you at the top of the climbing area. The roads described here are all legal, open routes designated with an arrow symbol on a sign. Ignore unmarked or closed roads or these directions won't work. May 22, 2011
Nick Niebuhr
The Road
Nick Niebuhr   The Road
After climbing here a couple times, I'm a little confused about the bolting. Why so few anchors? I understand the oldschool, minimalist attitude towards bolting a route, but if a route is bolted, why not just finish it off rather than anchor to a tree 30 ft away? If it's because there's not enough money, then I'd be glad to pitch in a few bucks or something, because there are lots of currently anchorless nice looking 5.11s that I'd love to toprope before leading! Feb 29, 2016
History of development is part of the reason. Also, the area is frequented by non-climber redneck types: the bashed/stolen hangers scenario is a real possibility. Don't be stopped by lack of bolted anchors, with a small rack and some long slings, anything here can be top roped with fairly minimal effort. Mar 2, 2016