New Mexico Boulder Rock Climbing
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BETA PHOTO: When you see this rock in the creekbed, turn left ...
This excellent boulder is a hidden gem! It would be quite popular if it were located at Dynamite Shacks or some other roadside boulder destination. The name comes from the distinctive shape on the east face of this boulder that somewhat resembles the image on the New Mexico flag. It is also worth noting that this boulder is quite close to the Holy Cross area and could possibly be considered part of that.
We were certain that we were the first to climb this boulder because of the large amount of cryptobiotic soil that surrounded it, but on subsequent visits, we could tell that others had repeated our discovery. Crypto is something that you MUST do your best to avoid when climbing in this area, though I suppose some sacrifices must be made. We did our best to minimize our impact by establishing trails and never deviating from them.
From the Indian Garden boulders, continue up the wash for about 0.25 miles until you come to a large boulder immediately on the left side of the creekbed (if you are looking upstream). If you look uphill and to the left, you should be able to see a strange, mushroom-shaped rock about fifty or sixty feet above you. Hike to that boulder. Once there, the New Mexico Boulder is only another couple hundred feet. Look for the distinctive sun shape on its northern face (see beta photos).
Climbing Season For the Grand Junction Area area.
Weather station 2.3 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For New Mexico Boulder
Pick Pocket V2- 5+ Colorado
: Grand Junction Area
: ... : New Mexico Boulder
This excellent traverse is one of the best problems in the area. Start far left on the west face and traverse right using a variety of interesting grips. Round the corner and traverse across the south face as well. One variation, at roughly the same grade, tops out up the Shag Carpet route on the south face. This traverse requires pinch holds, sidepulls, finger pockets, underclings, and very precise foot work. The crux is probably getting around The Goblin arete or perhaps gettin...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado
BETA PHOTO: From the mushroom rock you will be able to see New...
BETA PHOTO: The distinctive shape in the rock we thought resem...