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Exit 49 Rock Climbing 

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There is a multitude of adventure climbing around Exit 49, south of I-70. There are several sandstone buttresses and towers that vary in height from 25 feet to well over 100 feet within 20 minutes hike of CO Highway 65 and I-70.

Getting There 

Heading east from Grand Junction on I-70, take exit 49 towards Powderhorn Ski area. When the 1-way southbound exit joins northbound Highway 65, make a U-turn and drive back toward I-70. There is a parking area near the I-70 east entrance on the west (left) side of the road, across from an obvious detached tower.

Climbing Season

For the Grand Junction Area area.

Weather station 6.8 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For Exit 49
Rock Climbing Photo: The route from the ground.

Birthday Tower 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Colorado : Grand Junction Area : ... : Exit 49
Climb good hands in solid rock for ~10 feet into some very rotten rock. The rotten section is ~12 feet thick, with a strangely solid and safe hand/finger crack in the center of it, that protects well. Pull over a small roof (crux) and make easy moves to the top on solid sandstone. It gets one star for the adventure, not the rock quality....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Three free standing towers near the top of the but...
Three free standing towers near the top of the but...
Rock Climbing Photo: Detached tower across from the parking area.  The ...
Detached tower across from the parking area. The ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Near the upper buttress of the Exit 49 Area.
Near the upper buttress of the Exit 49 Area.

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