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Shared By: Stephen G. on Mar 11, 2016
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Description

The Shoshone Stones are some of the best and most easily accessible (very dependent on season) bouldering in the Glenwood area. As with the access, availability of some lines varies with the water levels of the Colorado River as well. The landings tend to be rocky, so plan accordingly, and bring pads and friends (with more pads).

  • As always, route names are made up and grades are a SWAG, so just have fun!

Per BJ Sbarra: this area, known as The Shoshone Stones, was detailed in the old Rifle Mountain Park and Western Colorado Rock Climbs guidebook with about 11 named problems listed. That guidebook is out of print.

Getting There

Parking at the Shoshone power plant, continue upstream ~1/2 mile. The boulders are across the river to the right. There are 2 major clumps of boulders within the big curve of the river (upstream/downstream). The easiest time to cross the river is winter when the river is low. In the summer, plan to get wet or use the tyrolean that is upstream of the boulders. As with any tyrolean, if you didn't set it up, use at your own risk.

  • **Do not walk along the railroad tracks.**

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BJ Sbarra
Carbondale, CO
BJ Sbarra   Carbondale, CO
FYI, this area is known as the Shoshone Stones. It was detailed in the old Rifle Mountain Park and Western Colorado Rock Climbs guidebook with about 11 named problems listed. That info is out of print, but I just wanted to put it out there. Mar 30, 2016
Julius Grisette
Carbondale
Julius Grisette   Carbondale
BJ, the info in the 2008 book is vague at best. The info presented on this page is very different than what I was told while climbing here. I think Jeff Jackson and Daniel Woods could shed a little light on this area.

On the V3 rail traverse noted in BJ's book, the sloper block at the end of the rail section seems to be a time bomb. Flexes when weighted, crack 360 around the block.

Upper Death gets all the stars for sure. These aren't the only pretty rocks. Apr 2, 2016
Stephen G.
New Castle, CO
Stephen G.   New Castle, CO
That would be great!
We are pretty lacking in the quality bouldering in our area. I have posted what I know in order to help people who have climbed the East Elk Boulders and are looking for more. I'm glad to get people collaborating in order to give people the best resource to find the climbing in our area. Less headache = more climbing!

Thanks to everyone who has lent a hand helping making the information as good as possible! Apr 10, 2016
Julius Grisette
Carbondale
Julius Grisette   Carbondale
It's that time of year, was able to jump across at Shoshone yesterday, and the boulders were dry. I'm sure the Upper Death sector is good to go as well. Feb 21, 2017
Julius Grisette
Carbondale
Julius Grisette   Carbondale
Has anyone checked the stones out this fall? The river flowchart shows it should be good to go! Nov 4, 2017
Michael Schneiter
Glenwood Springs, CO
Michael Schneiter   Glenwood Springs, CO
On a drive by the other day, some of the landings were wet and had a bit more water than I would have expected, but that may have been just one day. Nov 6, 2017