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Description

Grand Mesa is a prominent, east-west landform capped by hard, volcanic basalt. The original basalt field may have had a surface area of up to 750 square miles, but due to extensive erosion, the present-day remnant is about 53 square miles. This remnant has a "Y-shaped" outline, with Crag Crest on the east forming the stem, and the Palisade and Flowing Park lobes forming the branches. Thickness of the in-place basalt ranges from about 600 feet near Crag Crest to less than 200 feet on the western tips of the lobes.

In general, the basalt is highly fractured and climbable buttresses are rare. However, occasional large volcanic flow events deposited layers of basalt up to 70 feet thick, creating steep, featured walls with amazing rock quality.

Reference: Cole, R.; Weston, K. Geological Society of America Meeting Abstract (2007).

Getting There

The Grand Mesa is most easily accessed from Grand Junction by driving east on I-70 to Exit 49 and heading south on CO Highway 65. The drive time is ~1 hour.

To access the western edge of the Palisade Lobe and the Land's End Area, it is recommended to drive south from Grand Junction on US Highway 50 ~13 miles, past the town of Whitewater, and head east on Kannah Creek Road. Follow the signs to Land's End, ~18 miles. The drive time also ~1 hour.

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
3rd Dimension
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Rapa Nui
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Diagenesis
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pull the Trigger
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Flat Rock Flight
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Mass Wasting
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Jungle Gym
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Vesicle Joyride
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Cocaine!!
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Tribal Wisdom
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Topographic Reversal
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Candy Striper
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Xenolith
Trad, Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
New Vision
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Totally Metal
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad
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