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Curecanti National Recreation Area

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Curecanti National Recreation Area  Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 38.44252, -107.48004 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    Upstream along the Gunnison River from the Black Canyon National Park lies Curecanti National Recreation Area. This area has abundant rock of varying quality. While this part of the canyon is not as steep or deep as the national park, there are many cliffs along the banks of the reservoirs. The upper part of Morrow Point is easily accessible from the rim, but the cliffs further downstream are not as easy to approach. In the winter, a number of ice climbs form in this canyon.

    The iconic rock in this area is the Curecanti Needle, just across the canyon from the Pioneer Point overlook about 3 miles below Blue Mesa Dam on CO Route 92. A narrow gauge railroad used to run through the canyon and The Needle was the symbol of the line.

    Getting There 

    Most of the climbs here have been developed in the canyon just downstream of Blue Mesa Dam. The dam is on US 50 about 25 miles west of Gunnison or 40 miles east of Montrose. Pine Creek is on the south side just a mile downstream on US 50 while Pioneer Point is found along CO Route 92 on the north side.

    Climbing Season

    For the Black Canyon of the Gunnison area.

    Weather station 3.5 miles from here

    6 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Curecanti National Recreation Area

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Curecanti National Recreation Area :
    Northwest Rib   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 700'   Curecanti Needle
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    Rock Climbing Photo: The classic pitches 3-4. Totally an awesome, 60m, ...

    Northwest Rib 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c  CO : Gunnison : ... : Curecanti Needle
    "Screw the Canyon Proper, this rock quality is the sh#t!" -Dirty Captain Meat Sauce.To access this phenomenal rib of Curecanti Needle, exit North onto CO 92 from W. US Hwy 50 (right if from Gunnison) cross over Blue Mesa Dam and drive about 7 miles west to Pioneer Point. Then exit left to Pioneer Point which is a senic overlook with an outhouse. Take Curecanti Creek Trail (right of outhouse and right from the Curecanti Trail sign) for about 1.5 miles. This can be a grueling march with kaya...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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    Rock Climbing Photo: Wall just downstream of the Pioneer Point trail.  ...
    Wall just downstream of the Pioneer Point trail. ...

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