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Irish Canyon

Colorado
Warning Access Issue: Irish Canyon BLM lands are designated as an ACEC DetailsDrop down

Description

Irish Canyon was named circa 1890 after several Irishmen robbed a store in Rock Spings, WY and hung in this canyon drinking the spoils. The deep, streamless canyon was stream pirated in the geologic past, so you have a perched canyon.

There are sandstone and limestone formations within the canyon near the road.

Camping: most of the land is BLM so you can camp most places. There is a Nature Conservancy Campground on the west side of the road about 2 miles past the roadside limestone. It gets a lot of shade making the mornings cooler than one can get by camping north of here just past Irish Lakes on the prairie that is open to the east.

There is [used to be] a mobile-home-store in the southern end of Browns Park about 1/3 mile north of CS 318. They have gasoline, beer, some canned, and packaged goods spud clips. Is this older couple still running the store??

Getting There

About seven air miles east of the Gates of Lodore near the east end of Brown's Park on CS 318, go north on CO Rd. 10N for 5.1 miles.

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5.9. Climbing pro: #3 through #5 cams.
[Hide Photo] 5.9. Climbing pro: #3 through #5 cams.
5.10c sport route on the right side and 5.8 trade up the the crack pro to at less 5".
[Hide Photo] 5.10c sport route on the right side and 5.8 trade up the the crack pro to at less 5".
Topo for 6 routes on the south-facing limestone wall west of where the limestone plunges out of sight at the south entrance to Irish Canyon.
[Hide Photo] Topo for 6 routes on the south-facing limestone wall west of where the limestone plunges out of sight at the south entrance to Irish Canyon.
The hiking trail at the Gates of Lodore in Dinosaur National Monument.  There is Park Service campground near the raft launching site on the Green River.  The road junction leading to this canyon is a short distance SE of the turnoff to CO Rd 10N.
[Hide Photo] The hiking trail at the Gates of Lodore in Dinosaur National Monument. There is Park Service campground near the raft launching site on the Green River. The road junction leading to this canyon i…
Laird with clipping slack from Watkins.  Where are the helmets?  These folks are hard headed.
[Hide Photo] Laird with clipping slack from Watkins. Where are the helmets? These folks are hard headed.
R. Laird beginning the approach.
[Hide Photo] R. Laird beginning the approach.
Irish Canyon from Jct CS318 and CO Rd. 10N.
[Hide Photo] Irish Canyon from Jct CS318 and CO Rd. 10N.