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How about climbing on big limestone, 2 hours from Denver, with zero approach, and a South to West facing system of crags? Too good to be true? Not. Puoux can offer exactly that, but with the caveat that most of the developed climbing is just off Interstate 70. No good guide has been developed, so this is it until the FA teams get the data assembled. Separate parties with Jeff Achey, Eric Candee, Dave Pegg, Greg Purnell, and others have done the work. The limestone can be excellent to poor, depending on location, but the routes listed here will be derived from the best stone. Many of the routes start right off the ground, however, some very steep and very rad lines have been developed that require some hair-ball approach on fixed cords. Since the limestone sees little traffic, much of it is fresh and sharp - even now nothing is polished (I'll probably regret this comment). This reminds me of the upper sectors of the routes in Rifle that have all of those little scalloped spines on them.

So far, the climbing is confined to the road-side crag, called the No Name Crag (aka Puoux), with Puoux and Fault Walls seeing most development. However, development is also pushing into the higher crags on the hill and across the river in the shadowy grey limestone - time will tell how these shape up.

Getting There 

Puoux is just about the easiest crag in Colorado to locate, being immediately adjacent to Interstate 70. Park in the large pull-out 300 feet East of the tunnel at Glenwood Springs. The crag by road-side is obvious. Development is spreading to the higher cliff and across the river.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.2 miles from here

60 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',25],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Puoux

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Puoux:
Bearded Outlaw   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Lower Wall
Traditional Values   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lower Wall
Slab Happy   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Boulders
The Harvey   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Lower Wall
Road Runner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Wall
The Test   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lower Wall
Pass the Ditchie   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Lower Wall
Moral Decay (aka NoName 4)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lower Wall
Primadona (aka NoName 6.3)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Wall
Roadside Distraction (aka NoName 5.1)    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Lower Wall
Stay True (aka NoName 3)   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Wall
Youth Warm-up   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Main Wall
Kor's Corner   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Main Wall
Urban Cowboy   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Main Wall
Hard Kor   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Main Wall
Corner Pocket   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Wall
Experience   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Main Wall
The Birdman   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Main Wall
Fault Line (aka Welcome To Planet Motherfucker)   5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch   Fault Wall
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Featured Route For Puoux
Rock Climbing Photo: The stunning upper-left wall.

Fault Line (aka Welcome To Planet Motherfucker) 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a  Colorado : Glenwood Springs : ... : Fault Wall
NoName-36 is not a route that I have climbed. I opted to post it in order to get the photo linked up and display this gorgeous piece of stone. Route 36 looks to my eye to be as difficult a line as I have seen anywhere. I would not be shocked to hear it called 13d/14? It looks that impressive. This wall is close to 45 degrees overhanging, is composed of immaculate limestone, and is just as colorful as it shows here. I know an awfull lot of terrific climbers who could tick this line, and just from...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Puoux Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The stunning Fault Wall.
BETA PHOTO: The stunning Fault Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Overview of the No Name Crag
BETA PHOTO: Overview of the No Name Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Upper left tier of Noname Crag.
BETA PHOTO: Upper left tier of Noname Crag.

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By Bryan Gall
From: New Castle, CO
Jan 23, 2004
As far as I have heard, the only development across the river in horseshoe bend has been purely exploratory. I know a few individuals who have rapped in from above to toprope a few lines. I haven't seen or heard of any bolts being installed. Access to the horseshoe bend has been from above off of the Scout trail and the Forest Hollow trail. These can be reached from the east end of eighth street in g-wood. I would love to hear if anything was being developed...
By ac
Feb 10, 2004
Rick Spoot speaks the truth about the chipping on those boulders at New Castle. Unfortunately he writes like he's in wait...3rd grade, so no one takes him seriously.

Spooty, if there is extensive chipping going on at these crags then go ahead and name names. And stop using this brain-damaged persona to discuss these important issues.
By Bryan Gall
From: New Castle, CO
Feb 10, 2004
Spooty's comments, while in poor grammar and often denigrating into random insults, do provide a much needed bitch out to any rank bastard who would pick up a chisel. I'm generally amused by his comments and enjoy reading them. The [Poux], though a roadside distraction, [suffers] from chiseling like other sport areas. Please don't bring down a route, sport or bouldering, to your level by chiseling. There's plenty of other rock to be had everywhere even for "pizzle diks". Even a fat ass weekend-warrior moderate climber like myself could put up a route a week in Glenwood Canyon with out chiseling. Why chisel if it's an A0 bolt ladder anyway? Don't you have aiders? Keep spewing Spooty and call bullshit if you need to... Also keep in mind the [Poux] are actually on mine claims owned by private individuals; check out the boundries of public(BLM or Forest Service), private, and city owned land in at the Garfield county [assessor's] office.
By Anonymous Coward
Feb 10, 2004
By dbyte
From: Carbondale, CO
Jun 10, 2007
I added some routes to the DB last night. Because most have no names & the numbering of "NoName..." was already in-place I numbered each going from right to left. I hope this makes sense. If anyone has any more info for these &/or wants corrections let me know & I'll make the edits.

Also, 1 of the 3 Innominate climbs (the left-hand 1 I think?) had a large chunk fall off of it in the past few weeks. It contains 1 of the route's bolts. Not sure if it's still climbable, but probably not safe without the bolt.
By Michael Schneiter
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Jun 10, 2007
Actually that chunk of rock with the bolt fell off at some point last summer. I first noticed it last August, but it may have fallen off in the spring, according to the speculation of some. At one point, I heard rumors that it came off when someone fell on the bolt, but I'm quite positive that the story is b.s.
By Jim Redo
Sep 23, 2008
There is now a guidebook. This whole page needs to be re-done. No Name and a # doesn't really help at all.
By Michael Schneiter
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Nov 14, 2008
With the generous support of Climbing Magazine's Anchor Replacement Initiative, the Roaring Fork Climbers Coalition is spearheading an effort to replace bolts and anchors at the Puoux this winter. We want to update bolts that are showing visible signs of degradation caused by the seeping nature of the limestone and replace them with new stainless steel hardware. We'll begin with the more popular routes at the Puoux as well as bolts and anchors in greater need.

If you have any suggestions for routes, bolts or anchors that are in need of some care, please let us know. You can email suggestions to or you can PM or email me through this site.

By oirlanda
Aug 8, 2009
I am cross-referencing info on the Puoux in the new Rifle Mountain Park and Western Colorado Rock Climbs guidebook along with info from Mtn Project and Can someone please clarify for me which info is newer updated? I thought online was a good source, but there is much more in the new book than there is online, but not all that is online appears to be in the book. I am new to leading and learning the ropes (no pun intended), so perhaps I just need some processing time to put the pieces of the puzzle together, but any advice anyone has is welcome in the meantime. THanks!
By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Aug 9, 2009
The stuff on is getting old. I haven't updated it since the new guidebook came out. The info in the guidebook should be pretty spot on, that's what I'd go with.
By Michael Schneiter
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Aug 18, 2009
The stuff in the guidebook is newer than the stuff here although there are some new climbs (added by Evan) that aren't in the guidebook. That may be part of the confusion. Plus, because many of the climbs don't have known names, has a bunch of numbers that can be a little confusing.
From: Chicago/Colorado
Oct 27, 2010
On the Two Moon Buttress, there is a route missing. The center route up the center of the wall. Ten or eleven bolts of good climbing out a roof 20 feet right of the big flake. It's Pete Heck's route in 1992 maybe. Seeking Clarity is the title. It was like 10c and has broken down to about 11a/b. The bulge is the business with some cool moves then up the sustained wall. 60 meter rope recommended. Please add it to the roster. Thanks
By Blake M
Feb 17, 2013
Did anyone find an orange Grigri with a brown BD keylock? I think I left it around the base of Youth Warm-up on 2/16.
By davedad
From: Carbondale, CO
Apr 10, 2013
There is a pair of Miuras at the bottom of Youth Warm Up. They look as though they were forgotten in the last couple of days. We left the there figuring the owner would come back for them.

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