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Elevation: 800 ft 244 m
GPS: 37.18961, -105.80328
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Shared By: Bob Robertson on Apr 19, 2014 · Updates
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Description Suggest change

All the routes so far are south-facing, but the short, overhanging north side has some potential hard climbing. Not only is the rock secluded, but there are very few people in this part of Colorado. The rock is good quality volcanic and has been compared to Hueco Tanks in Texas. Most of the more than 50 routes are bolted, two pitch, sport climbs in the 5.10 or easier range. The camping is free on BLM land, and you camp at the approach to the climbs. The nearest hotel is in Alamosa, a half hour to the north. You can pick up a inexpensive guide at climbingpamphlet.com

Please be aware of the BLM raptor closure that runs from May 15th to August 31st. (It's way too hot to climb during the closure anyways so please give the birds some space and do not climb during the closure.) 

Getting There Suggest change

Get on CO Highway 142 which runs parallel to the New Mexico/Colorado state line. This highway starts in San Luis on the east side and ends in Romeo on the west side. Once you cross the Rio Grande, driving west from San Luis the rocks come into view. Turn north between milepost 9 and 10. Drive north 1.5 miles down a somewhat high clearance dirt road. At the end of this road, walk uphill 10 minutes to the first climb.

GPS COORDINATES:

Turn off highway onto dirt road: 37.175577, -105.821994.
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Camping area: 37.189683, -105.805994.

11 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Manassa

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Manassa Mauler
Sport 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
Torn Britches
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 5
Apache
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 5
Kokopelli
Sport 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Manassa Mauler Robust
 7
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 2 pitches
Torn Britches Espresso
 7
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Apache Kokopelli
 5
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Kokopelli Kokopelli
 5
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
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