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BNT Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Bullet Hole Boulder 0 / 0 / 4 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Bullet Hole Cliff Band 3 / 0 / 7 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Captain Aslab Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Charm Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Crossedge Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Dead Goose Divide 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Overhang Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Peachy Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Pequod Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Sport Boulder 0 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2


Bullet Hole Rock area has a variety of bouldering, top rope problems, and several short lead climbs. The rock is Dakota sandstone and is typically good in quality. There are rarely more than a couple of people here mainly on weekends, but the area does see the occasional group of drunken highschoolers that like to leave broken glass and trash in their wake. Efforts from the Mesa State College Outdoor Program have aided in keeping the area clean.

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 1.75 miles, there will be a large pull off on the right side of the road, past the Tabeguache Trail ~0.25 miles.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bullet Hole Boulder Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
One Move Wonder
V1+ 5
V2 5+
Slopey Traverse
V2 5+
V2+ 5+
Technically Speaking
TR, Boulder
V2-3 5+
Bullet Hole Rock 5.11
TR, Boulder
V8-9 7B+ PG13
FlexiBro (aka, Side)
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Bullet Hole Rock 5.9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Bullet Hole Rock 5.10+
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
One Move Wonder Overhang Boulder V1 5 Boulder
Overhang Overhang Boulder V1+ 5 Boulder
Slopey Traverse Overhang Boulder V2 5+ Boulder
OW Bullet Hole Cliff Band V2 5+ Boulder
Technically Speaking Bullet Hole Boulder V2+ 5+ TR, Boulder
Bullet Hole Rock 5.11 Bullet Hole Boulder V2-3 5+ TR, Boulder
FlexiBro (aka, Side) Bullet Hole Boulder V8-9 7B+ PG13 Boulder
Fingers Bullet Hole Cliff Band 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Mustachio Bullet Hole Cliff Band 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Dihedral Bullet Hole Cliff Band 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Bullet Hole Rock 5.9 Bullet Hole Boulder 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Froggy Bullet Hole Cliff Band 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Bubblicious Bullet Hole Cliff Band 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b TR
Bullet Hole Rock 5.10+ Bullet Hole Boulder 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b TR
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Grand Junction, CO
Rschap   Grand Junction, CO
We have regained access to the upper band. Details in the thread for that area. Feb 17, 2016
Grand Junction, CO
Rschap   Grand Junction, CO
I had a conversation with a person from the City of GJ Parks Department responsible for taking care of this area this afternoon. I expressed concerns about losing climbing in this area, and he assured me that only the rock that is on private property will be closed unless we can negotiate access with the landowner. At this time, the property is still being developed, but if you know someone climber friendly that might be interested in buying the property, it could be the only way we ever regain access. The GIS map and property owners survey of the property show that only the rope climbs on the upper cliff band in the Bullet Hole area and a not very well known area on the backside lie on private property. All other boulders are on city property and will remain accessible.

The City is committed to keeping access open in this area to climbers as long as it's on their property. The City rep that I talked to is heading up today to look over the property with the GIS maps and make sure nothing is being closed down that shouldn't be. The WCCC has worked closely with these guys since 2012, and they seem to view the area as a valuable resource much like the Lunch Loops across the street. Many people don't know this, but the parking lot and bathrooms at the lunch loops were constructed and are maintained by the City Parks Department.

Please respect the closure for now, and know the WCCC will do what it can to regain access in the future, though it most likely won't happen unless someone climber friendly buys the property. Anyone got a couple million lying around?

Randall Chapman
Director Of Fundraisers
Western Colorado Climbers' Coalition Sep 24, 2015
Grand Junction, CO
Rschap   Grand Junction, CO
It is unfortunate that we lost these climbs, they were great beginner climbs with easy access. The WCCC has been looking into this and all of the research shows that the golf course has always owned this area. They just didn't know or didn't mind us climbing there until now. The property has been sold to developers, and the WCCC hopes to negotiate access to this section of rock at some point in the future. For now, the only area that appears to be affected are the rope climbs in the Bullet Hole Area on that upper band. I talked with someone from the city's facilities department today, and we are trying to set up a meeting to go over maps and make sure climbing access is preserved in the rest this area.

Sep 11, 2015
Ok, so on my trail run this morning I set out to run my usual trail to find that it is no longer my trail to run anymore. This is the same crag (Bullethole Climbing Area) that I learned how to climb. I have since enjoyed this area for trail running. Well, the golf course decided to encroach on this area for real estate purposes, swallowing up the top half and really some of the best rock to set up a top rope in the area. The property line also surpasses the trail where many local runners and hikers enjoy the view from the ridge line. While this isn't the best climbing the area has to offer, it does serve a valuable entry level area for climbing. As you can see from the massive cairn in one of the photos, this is a popular trail for locals to hike, run and ride. While I am not happy about this, I understand the value of this ridge line, but why the golf course has the balls to close off a boulder field calling it private property as well as making the property lines extend to the bottom of these climbing routes is just too far. This is unacceptable!

May 27, 2015
Loren Trager
Flagstaff, AZ
Loren Trager   Flagstaff, AZ
Yeah, that was it. Thanks. Sep 1, 2011
Looks like the Millineum Falcon. It's under the "Dynamite Shack" area on this site.… Aug 22, 2011
Loren Trager
Flagstaff, AZ
Loren Trager   Flagstaff, AZ
Hoez   Uganda
Im not to worried about the crappy graffiti - since so many highschool kids like to party out there, its inevitable (just like the broken beer bottles).
But chipping holds on the harder routes?
Thats a different story...
Whoever is doin it needs to knock that bullshit off.
Leave the line alone and if your not good enough to pull the move, try training... Jun 17, 2009

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