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Manassa Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 800'
Location: 37.18961, -105.80328 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bob Robertson on Apr 19, 2014
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All the routes so far are south-facing, but the short, overhanging north side has some potential hard climbing. Not only is the rock secluded, but there are very few people in this part of Colorado. The rock is good quality volcanic and has been compared to Hueco Tanks in Texas. Most of the more than 50 routes are bolted, two pitch, sport climbs in the 5.10 or easier range. The camping is free on BLM land, and you camp at the approach to the climbs. The nearest hotel is in Alamosa, a half hour to the north.

Getting There 

Get on CO Highway 142 which runs parallel to the New Mexico/Colorado state line. This highway starts in San Luis on the east side and ends in Romeo on the west side. Once you cross the Rio Grande,driving west from San Luis the rocks come into view. Turn north between milepost 9 and 10. Drive north 1.5 miles down a somewhat high clearance dirt road. At the end of this road, walk uphill 10 minutes to the first climb.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.8 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Manassa
Rock Climbing Photo: Carrie Robertson top roping the second pitch.

Manassa Mauler 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Colorado : San Luis Valley : ... : Robust
This is one of the better routes at Manassa and was named after Jack Dempsey, the most famous person from Manassa.The first pitch is a great warm-up (5.8) with a comfortable belay ledge.The second pitch starts with thin face and goes to steep, bucket hauling face and ends with technical climbing....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Manassa Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Pulling the roof on the Lefty wall.
Pulling the roof on the Lefty wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Another Manassa local. Watch out for the rattlesna...
Another Manassa local. Watch out for the rattlesna...
Rock Climbing Photo: Above the clouds in the San Luis Valley.
Above the clouds in the San Luis Valley.
Rock Climbing Photo: Wild horses at Manassa.
Wild horses at Manassa.
Rock Climbing Photo: Camping at Manassa.
Camping at Manassa.
Rock Climbing Photo: The climbing on Lefty.
The climbing on Lefty.
Rock Climbing Photo: Side look at Kokopelli.
Side look at Kokopelli.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on Robust Wall.
Climbers on Robust Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Manassa from CO Highway 142.
BETA PHOTO: Manassa from CO Highway 142.

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By kboofis
May 1, 2014
Seems like the cat's officially out of the bag with this and the "guidebook" that's for sale in some places.
By john strand
From: southern colo
Dec 7, 2014
Awesome out there today...sunny and not much wind. Still a few tarantulas around too!
By john strand
From: southern colo
Feb 14, 2016
Looks like some BLM info boards going up at the highway entrance. Anybody know what's up ?
By Bob Robertson
Mar 17, 2016
I hear that the BLM has it closed for falcons from May 15 to July 15. It's a little hot to climb there this time of year, but I was hoping to keep this area under the wire. Who knows what they will do next.
By Ben Bruestle
From: Pueblo, CO
Apr 21, 2017
A bit of history on the area: the (San Luis) Valley hardmen have been trad climbing and toproping here since the 1980s. They always called the nearby town Manassa and the climbing area "Rattlesnake Hill". Dave Mazel, Alan Haverfield, Mark Johnson, Brent "Shaggy" Edelen, and Jack Hunt were among the first ascensionists. Back in the day, there were only two bolted routes. One was on the obvious trad line up the middle of the formation. It had one bolt about 25 feet up. The other was Dave Mazel's terrorfest on Kokopelli. It arcs up to the right across the concave slab with 1/4" bolts spaced 20 feet apart.

This is high desert, dispersed camping, so bring your own firewood and water.

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