Elevation: 5,118 ft
GPS: 37.345, -108.983 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 2,784 total · 197/month
Shared By: Mychal M on Apr 13, 2020
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: National Monument Climbing Restrictions Details

Description

Cannonball Mesa has high desert adventure bouldering on Dakota sandstone of varying quality. It feels like there are 3,000+ boulders in the small area I've explored, and there are many, MANY canyons within The Monument that hold more if you're willing to put in the time and effort to explore. Days at Cannonball can be sweltering or bitterly cold, so be prepared. Also it's a desert, so bring lots of water.

Is there great climbing here? No, but it's at least climbing, and if you're a climber in Cortez, that is just enough to be enticing. Save it for the days when you can't be bothered driving to DRO/Telluride/Creek/Moab.

Getting There

From Cortez, head West down Rd G towards Sand Canyon. Drive 8.2 miles past the Sand Canyon trailhead to a unmarked, unpaved road on the north (right) side of the road. There is a gate. Go through the gate, drive just over a mile to a fork in the road, and go left. There is a BLM sign at this fork for Cannonball Mesa. The road is rough and at times could be impassable, high clearance is recommended and 4WD doesn't hurt. Subaru Outbacks can make it with patient driving.

The road is roughest from the fork until it gains the mesa and flattens out. At the next fork, you can go right for a quick detour to a great ruin, or go left to continue the drive to the bouldering. All told, I park roughly 3.01 miles away from the fork with the BLM sign. There is ample free camping along the 4WD road on top of the mesa.

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