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Atomic Energy Crag Rock Climbing 

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This gets lots of sun! It is great for Fall, Winter, and Spring. Overall, it has great quality Dakota Sandstone.

This is a great area with good camping below the cliff and a good array of different climbs that could keep you busy for a few days. There are some classics up there.

The routes are mostly bolted with a smattering of trad and mixed routes. Climbs average around 50-70 feet. The boulders at the base are what make up the Atomic Energy Boulders.


D. Dihedral.
E. Finger Fusion, 10+, 1p, 40', gear.
F. Mushroom Cloud, 9-, 1p, 60', gear.
J. Rancho Deluxe, 10, 1p, 70', gear & bolt.

Getting There 

From Gateway, drive Southwest on CO 141 until the Junction of 90 and CO 141. Take a right on 90. After a few times, take a right on EE22 Road. Stay on EE22 until you drive by the base of the prominent buttress on the hill that is AEC. There are many parking/camping spots below the cliff.

The approach is 10-15 minutes of switchbacks up to the cliff from the parking area.

Climbing Season

For the Naturita and Paradox Valley area.

Weather station 13.4 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Atomic Energy Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Atomic Energy Crag:
Mushroom Cloud   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Rancho Deluxe   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Finger Fusion   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Rancho Deluxe 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  Colorado : Naturita and Paradox Valley : Atomic Energy Crag
Start off in a bit of poor rock with hands. As you continue up, the crack pinches down and the rock scoops out past vertical. Once the crack disappears, clip a bolt and go for the anchors. This has great movement on good rock....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down at the road from the cliff line.
Looking down at the road from the cliff line.

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