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Marmot Rocks are a set of boulders along the south rim drive of the Black Canyon between Painted Wall and Cedar Point Overlooks about 100 feet south of the road.

For such a small area, the rocks offer a surprising number of quality routes. The rock is generally very solid but rough. Easy routes tend to follow good crack systems while the harder ones usually steep to overhanging faces.

The routes are 10 to 20 feet, and though some get excitingly high off the ground, the landings are almost clear and level.

Getting There 

Park at the Painted Wall Overlook, and walk along the road until it bends to the right; look for a worn path on the left (south). Follow this short path to the boulders.

Per Bradley Mark Edwards: from Montrose, continue on US Hwy 50 about 10-12 miles to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Head into the NP, pay the $15 (or get a National Parks Pass), and drive along the south rim for about 5-6 miles. When you arrive at Painted Wall overlook, park your car and start walking up the road around the bend in the road. There's a small footpath on the left hand side that will take you to 4 or 5 good-sized boulders on the left of the trail.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.8 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Brad at the white jug on the problem.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Route number 26 (difficult). Around a V3-V4.
Route number 26 (difficult). Around a V3-V4.
Rock Climbing Photo: A map of the routes.
BETA PHOTO: A map of the routes.
Rock Climbing Photo: Route guide.  Easy = 5.6-5.8. Moderate = 5.9-5.10....
BETA PHOTO: Route guide. Easy = 5.6-5.8. Moderate = 5.9-5.10....
Rock Climbing Photo: Russell Penasa on Caterpillar Alley, a quality V2 ...
BETA PHOTO: Russell Penasa on Caterpillar Alley, a quality V2 ...
Rock Climbing Photo: View from center of boulder cluster with "D&q...
View from center of boulder cluster with "D&q...
Rock Climbing Photo: Marmot Rocks.
Marmot Rocks.
Rock Climbing Photo: Marmot Rocks.
Marmot Rocks.
Rock Climbing Photo: Marmot Rocks.
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By Skyeler Congdon
From: his van
Jan 7, 2011
Pick up a small, free guide for the boulders at the Visitor's Center. This is a super fun spot with plenty of great cracks from fingers to OW- a good place to learn. But there's also several hard face problems in the V4-7 range.

It would be cool to hear any "back in the day" stories about this spot. Anyone know some history behind the Marmot Rocks?
From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Nov 28, 2011
I bouldered there with Jimmy Newberry and friends in 1976 or 77.

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