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Big Gypsum - Dolores Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 5,500'
Location: 38.1329, -108.8745 View Map  Incorrect?
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Pictograph near the base of Psycho Tower.

Description 

There are excellent crags in the Dolores River canyon with sandstone towers and walls rising from the Dolores River.

Getting There 

There are two climbing areas in the Big Gypsum Valley area - this is the lower one on the banks of the Dolores River. From Naturita, drive towards Slickrock and turn onto Road 20R - this is a good dirt road and there should a be a sign for a Dolores River launch site. From the pavement, it's about 13 miles to the climbing areas.

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Weather station 16.6 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Big Gypsum - Dolores

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Big Gypsum - Dolores:
Psycho-Path   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 180'   Psycho Tower
Nameless Face   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Psycho Tower
Tower Of Power   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Hamm Canyon : Tower Of Power
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Featured Route For Big Gypsum - Dolores
Rock Climbing Photo: Psycho Tower.

Psycho-Path 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Colorado : Naturita and Paradox Valley : ... : Psycho Tower
Utah has Castleton, Arizona has the Mace, Oregon has Monkey Face, and Colorado has Psycho Tower. This is a fine route on a fine tower - a must do for those who appreciate a good summit.Although generously bolted, this isn't a sport climb. Trad gear and skills are needed!Pitch 1: start from a bolted anchor at the saddle on the north side. Follow two bolts up and step right (big air!!) into a crack / corner. Climb this to a ledge, up a step to another ledge (fixed nut), past the rap anchor on the ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Big Gypsum - Dolores Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Lovely spring blooms.
Lovely spring blooms.
Rock Climbing Photo: Psycho Tower.
Psycho Tower.
Rock Climbing Photo: Early morning in the Dolores River Canyon.
Early morning in the Dolores River Canyon.

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