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Rough Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.98025, -108.62147 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bill Duncan on Aug 14, 2006
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Rough Canyon is located just south of Grand Junction and is in a BLM managed area. There are a variety of sandstone cliffs around that boast some route potential. The most notable of the features in this area is Tabeguache Tower (tab-uh-watch), named after the nearby and popular Tabeguache Trail.

Getting There 

To reach from Grand Jct., turn off Broadway (CO highway 340) onto Rim Rock Drive (the way to the CNM) and go 1 block, then turn left on to D Road, which soon turns into Rosevale Rd. and leads to CS Road (aka Little Park Road). Follow CS Road for approximately 5 miles (8km) to the turnoff to Rough and Bangs canyons at the first left after the crest of the hill. This is also the trailhead to the Tabeguache Trail. Park at the gravel parking area and hike 1/4 mile (.4 km) south on a rough road to a small canyon. Go left or east, following this canyon about 1/2 mile (.8 km) to where the canyon joins the large valley of Rough Canyon; some scrambling down will be involved. Tabeguache Tower will be obvious at this point, 10 minutes up the hill to the south. The tower is also visible from the rim of the canyon, a short hike down the Tabeguache trail.


Please camouflage your bolts and anchors.

Climbing Season

For the Grand Junction Area area.

Weather station 6.3 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: The 3 inch splitter that comes out of the dihedral...

Rough Rider (thanks d-ron) 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  Colorado : Grand Junction Area : Rough Canyon
This is just to the right of the Tab. Tower. You have to climb a short and dihedral to reach the ledge where this route is located (use 0.5-3 inch pro).You can see the rap anchors from the base of the approach dihedral. It starts as a chimney and then goes to fingers (30 feet)....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Nate W. at the Waterfall Bypass trail.
Nate W. at the Waterfall Bypass trail.
Rock Climbing Photo: One of the Rough Canyon falls at an unusually big ...
One of the Rough Canyon falls at an unusually big ...

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By Jesse Zacher
From: Grand Junction, Co
Oct 27, 2009
Please camouflage your bolts and anchors. I spoke with a BLM officer today and he said that if more routes go up that are visible they will try and ban new routing in the area.
Jesse Zacher

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