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This area offers some of the best quality face climbing in the West End on highly featured Navajo sandstone. Most of the routes are bolted, single pitch affairs between 80-100 feet. There are also some great cracks and a few multi-pitch routes. It climbs a lot like Wall Street, but the rock is way better and more featured. The wall is South-facing, so the season is Fall through Spring. It is a great winter crag.

Getting There 

There are two approaches:

1) Turn right off Highway 90 0.2 miles west of mile marker 25. Follow the dirt road to a ravine crossing, then go up to a campground near some powerlines. A 4x4 is required. The trail heads up the creekbed to the left side of a tower, then directly up to the cliffband. 20 minutes.

2) Approach from EE22/Atomic Energy Crag. Follow powerlines south of the campground, when road ends, continue downhill to the cliffs. 25 minutes.

Full directions can be found in Fowler and Johnston's Wild Wild West.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Red Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Red Rocks:
Nameless Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches   Open Range
Black Bart   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Open Range
Bomb Factory   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Porcelain Wall
Chaos Spider   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Porcelain Wall
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Nameless Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Colorado : Naturita and Paradox Valley : ... : Open Range
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By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Oct 13, 2012
Thanks for posting, been curious about this area for awhile. Looks really fun!
By Jesse Zacher
From: Grand Junction, Co
Oct 18, 2012
Some pictures and more effort on the descriptions would be appreciated.
By S.Mckinna
From: Cañon City, CO
Mar 17, 2014
The East Paradox Creek crossing, approach #1, is impassable from the heavy rains last fall. Five foot banks on both sides of the ravine now block the road. The road could be repaired but really it is unnecessary.
Another approach is: heading west on Hwy 90, look for an unmarked ranch road about 200 yards past road EE 21. EE21 is on the left and the unmarked ranch road is on the right. Close the gate behind you. You will pass another gate or two on the way that need to be closed behind you. Take the most traveled road for about 2 or 3 beers until you come to the parking area. High clearance and occasional 4x4 is needed.
This road takes one by many areas of archeological importance. Be aware that camps are not too close to them. Also fun to explore on the rest days.
By DLG Gilbert
From: Ridgway, Colorado
Apr 11, 2016
FOUND: 4/10/2016 Climbing shoes @ Open Range wall - Chili Durango VCRs. Send me an e-mail if they are yours, and we'll get them back to you.

Also, on the vehicle approach from the bottom of the crag, you can take either the first or second road (heading west) after EE22 road. Both are passable right now. The road is dry.

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