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Palisade Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,800'
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Mt. Garfield. Photo: Carol Crockett.


This is a town of ~2500 which sits approximately 12 miles east of Grand Junction (on the western slope) along the I-70 corridor. This area may be best known for its excellent climate and soil for growing Colorado grapes for the Colorado wineries. Winters here are mild; however, summers can be enervating.

Among the climbing nearby, there is the somewhat outrageous climbing of the loosish, small towers emerging from the talus located just along the interstate.

There are a couple restaurants, a grocery store, a couple breakfast bars, and, of course, The Peach Street Distillery and the Palisade Brewery (thanks, Pat).

This entry was created to match the submissions entered initially in the vicinity by one of its locals.

Getting There 

Most folks will drive here via I-70. The town can be accessed via Exit 42 (or 44). Mt Garfield (~5500') is located WNW of Palisade, just north of the interstate. G.70 road which accesses the Mt. Garfield trailhead can be accessed via exit 42 and going south and then west.


The closest hospital, St. Mary's, is in Grand Junction if the tower should crumble prematurely.


So, is there any decent climbing higher up on Mt. Garfield?

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.6 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Palisade

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Palisade:
Bug-Eyed Monster   C1     Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 40'   Things Of Beauty (aka Inter...
The Sword of Damocles.   C2+     Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 70'   Things Of Beauty (aka Inter...
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Featured Route For Palisade
Rock Climbing Photo: Teeing the Ball and Flag. With good luck and best ...

The 19th Hole 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c C1  Colorado : Grand Junction Area : ... : Palisade Rim Trail (Pictogr...
The approach to the base of the spire can be tricky. On reaching the shoulder of the formation (figure that out), the top block has some good bolts, well, reasonably good. Tread lightly....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Palisade Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Arial view of Mt Garfield. Photo Carol Crockett.
BETA PHOTO: Arial view of Mt Garfield. Photo Carol Crockett.
Rock Climbing Photo: Misty morning on Mt Garfield and the things of bea...
BETA PHOTO: Misty morning on Mt Garfield and the things of bea...
Rock Climbing Photo: A) The Black Tower. B) Napolean's Toothpick. C) Al...
BETA PHOTO: A) The Black Tower. B) Napolean's Toothpick. C) Al...

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By Patrick Moe
Oct 3, 2008
Don't forget about the Peach Street Distillery and the Palisade Brewery. Both worth a stop!

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