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Elevation: 4,722 ft
GPS: 39.05, -108.607 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Alex Garhart on Aug 20, 2009
Admins: Jesse Zacher, Jared LaVacque, Bradley Mark Edwards, Nick Reecy, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Dynamite Shacks is one of two bouldering areas near the east entrance of Colorado National Monument (the other being Bullet Hole Rock Area). The boulders are Dakota sandstone, and vary in difficulty from V-easy to V8ish. The area is generally dry and climbable most of the year, although rain and snowmelt will make the hillsides the consistency of peanut butter. There is a lot of opportunity for route development in the area.

Getting There

From Grand Junction, travel west on Grand Avenue, which turns into Broadway. Cross over two bridges, at the next stop light turn left on to Monument Road, follow the signs to the Colorado National Monument, go approximately 1.5 miles, there will be a large gravel parking lot on the left marked with a BLM sign for the Tabeguache Trail. Dynamite Shacks is across the road from the Tabeguache parking area. There is a small, rutted out, parking area on the right side of the road as well.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Dynamite Shacks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0+ 4+
Easy Flake
V1 5
The Millennium Falcon
V1+ 5
Long Traverse
V1+ 5
Out and Back
V2 5+
Barn Door
V2+ 5+
The Cave
V2-3 5+
Spidey Grip
V3 6A
Natural Selection
V3 6A
Joe 97 Center
V5 6C
Vodka Arete-Left
V5 6C
All American Grinder
V6- 7A
Delusions of Grandeur
V6 7A
Vodka Arete-Right
V7 7A+
Medusa's Knees
V8 7B
Woman King
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Easy Flake Main Area > Easy Block
V0+ 4+ Boulder
The Millennium Falcon Main Area > Falcon Block
V1 5 Boulder
Long Traverse Main Area > Long Boulder
V1+ 5 Boulder
Out and Back Ridge > Dynamite Cliff Band
V1+ 5 Boulder
Barn Door Main Area > Barn Boulder
V2 5+ Boulder
The Cave Main Area > Cave Boulder
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Spidey Grip Main Area > Spidey Block
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Natural Selection Main Area > Falcon Block
V3 6A Boulder
Joe 97 Center Main Area > Joe 97 Boulder
V3 6A Boulder
Vodka Arete-Left Ridge > Vodka Block
V5 6C Boulder
All American Grinder Main Area > Joe 97 Boulder
V5 6C Boulder
Delusions of Grandeur Ridge > Dynamite Cliff Band
V6- 7A Boulder
Vodka Arete-Right Ridge > Vodka Block
V6 7A Boulder
Medusa's Knees Ridge > Dynamite Cliff Band
V7 7A+ Boulder
Woman King Hobo Castle Area > Lancer Boulder
V8 7B Boulder
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Jared LaVacque
Anchorage/Grand Junction
Jared LaVacque   Anchorage/Grand Junction  
The reorganization definitely looks good, Brad! Apr 4, 2015
Michael Schneiter
Glenwood Springs, CO
Michael Schneiter   Glenwood Springs, CO
Yes, thanks for reorganizing the area. As a visiting climber, it was a little tricky to figure out the area during my first visit. I really like the beta photo you added that gives a great overview of the boulders. Much appreciated! Apr 3, 2015
Bradley Mark Edwards
Grand Junction, CO
Bradley Mark Edwards   Grand Junction, CO  
Thanks, Nick! I hope it's at least somewhat helpful to folks who might be new to the area! Riggs Hill is next, I suppose! Apr 3, 2015
Nick Reecy    
Great job organizing the area, Brad! It looks fantastic. Apr 2, 2015
Grand Junction, CO
Rschap   Grand Junction, CO
This morning the WCCC painted over the graffiti on the old explosive bunkers out at the Shacks. The City of Grand Junction supplied the paint as part of our joint effort to clean up the area. There is still graffiti to be removed from some of the boulders, but we wanted to get the painting done before it got too cold and we had to wait till spring. We’ll get to the graffiti on the boulders soon. Happy climbing, everyone. Oct 22, 2012
Grand Junction, CO
Rschap   Grand Junction, CO
The WCCC had a great turn out yesterday and a lot of trash and broken glass got picked up. We also fixed the trail to the Upper Band that had washed out in several places. The trail starts just before you get to the Warm Up Boulder (Easy Flake, YO-TAN-CHI-LA) and achieves the ridge next to the Vodka Boulder, follow the cairns. There is still a lot of trash and broken glass to be picked up of course; this was only the first step.

The WCCC is coming to an agreement with the city to take care of the Dynamite Shacks and Bullet Hole (both are city property). The city has been very receptive and excited about the WCCC wanting to take care of this land. The future should see some vast improvements to this area making it cleaner, safer, and free of graffiti. Jul 29, 2012
Jesse Zacher
Grand Junction, Co
Jesse Zacher   Grand Junction, Co  
The Western Colorado Climbers' Coalition will be having a trail day a Dynamite Shacks on Saturday, July 28th. We plan on cleaning up, trail building, and doing some erosion control. We will supply a grill and some items to cook up for volunteers. People are encouraged to bring a dish to share as well. We will begin at 4:00 PM. Please bring plenty of water, gloves, and any trail building tools you might have. There will be some goodies there to give out to volunteers provided by the Access Fund, REI, Summit Canyon, and other donors. Bring your bouldering pads and climbing shoes as there will be time for some fun on the rock! If you have any questions/comments, please email at: Hope to see you all there!~ Jul 9, 2012

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