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The Riviera

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Abandonment T 
Au Natural T 
Beach Bum T,S,TR 
Birthday Suit T,S,TR 
Bosch Blanket Bingo S 
Chouette T,S 
Dancing Hippos T 
Devin's Dihedral T,S,TR 
Infestation T,S 
Le Nouveau Riche T,S,TR 
Le Nouveau Riche Variation T,TR 
Lease Agreement S 
Minstrel, The S 
Monte Carlo S 
New Lease on Life S 
Sea Breeze S 
Silver Glide S 
Splash T,S,TR 
Topless Etiquette S 
Unknown Trad Line T 
Zig Zag Crack T,TR 

The Riviera Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,890'
Location: 40.0034, -105.3959 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Approach to The Riviera and The Bihedral.

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  • Description 

    Easy access, southern exposure, and fun, well-bolted, if crowded, sport routes make the Riviera a popular spot on cool, sunny days. There are a few mixed bolts-plus-gear routes and a few trad routes, too. A good place to take less-experienced climbers, with some moderate (5.6 to 5.8) routes as well as some harder (5.9 to 5.11) lines. Most routes have 2-bolt anchors at the top. Bring a 60m rope; a few of the routes need it to lower.

    While some might consider it a separate crag, you can continue climbing up past the top of this subarea & continue to the top of the Bihedral. In fact, some route(s) on the Bihedral lie directly above routes on the Riviera.

    The routes, from L->R:

    A. Dancing Hippos, 7 R, 1p, 180', gear. Connects to Bihedral.
    B. Lease Agreement, 10-, 1p, 50', gear & bolts.
    C. New Lease on Life, 9+ to 11-, 1p, 50', bolts.
    D. Abandonment, 8, 1p, 50', bolts & gear.
    E. Sea Breeze, 11-, 1p, 50', bolts.
    F. The Minstrel, 11-, 1p, 50', bolts.
    G. Au Natural, 7, 1p, 50', gear. LFD.
    above E-G. Just Putin Around, 9 PG-13, 4p, gear.
    H. Beach Bum, 9+, 1p, 70', gear & bolt.
    I. Devin's Dihedral, 9+ R, gear & bolt.
    J. Birthday Suit, 10-, 1p, 70', bolts & gear.
    K. Silver Glide, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
    L. Zig Zag Crack Thingy, 7, 1p, 60', gear.
    M. Bosch Blanket Bingo, 9+, 1p, 70', bolts, variations.
    N. Topless Etiquette, 8, 1p, 85', bolts & gear.
    O1. Le Nouveau Riche Variation, 9+ PG-13, 1p, 85', gear (skipping the bolt).
    O2. Le Nouveau Riche, 10 PG-13, 1p, 85', bolts & gear or TR.
    P. Chouette, 6, 1p, 90', bolts & gear.
    Q. Splash, 7, 1p, 90', bolts & gear.
    R. Unknown Trad Line, 7 PG-13, 1p, 85'.
    S. Infestation, 9-, 1p, 60', bolts +/- gear.
    T. Monte Carlo, 7, 1p, 40', bolts +/- gear.

    Getting There 

    Park at the same place you would for Sherwood Forest (immediately after mile marker 34 on the left), and walk 150 yards west on the road until you see a 3'-tall cement post with "430" on it, just off the road / on the hillside about 30' up off the road on the north side. Hike up the trail next to this post for 5 minutes to reach the Riviera. The trail tops out near the route Le Nouveau Riche. There is another parking area on the S side of the road at a big pullout with a large tree at the end of a guardrail.


    There is a funky, little Buddha in a shallow cave on the left side of this crag. What is up with that?

    Sun Exposure 

    This is often one of the sunnier and warmer cliffs in Boulder Canyon during the cooler months. Note, near the winter solstice, the sunshine does leave the bottom of this cliff ~1 pm, which can bring a bit of a chill. Still, you can find nice warmth during the earlier hours of the shortest days.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 4.4 miles from here

    21 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]

    Classic Climbing Routes in The Riviera

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Riviera:
    Chouette   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
    Topless Etiquette   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
    Devin's Dihedral   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
    Le Nouveau Riche Variation   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 85'   
    Le Nouveau Riche   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 85'   
    Sea Breeze   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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    Unknown Trad Line 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : ... : The Riviera
    This is a line that is just to the right of Splash and links enough cracks to make it a reasonable enough line, albeit squeezed, like much of The Riviera. It's hard not to wander too far left onto Splash or too far right onto what is now Infestation. Still, if you want a trad line to scratch up your gear, this could be yours. Further, this could be continued above for additional pitches....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    May 1, 2002
    A lot of the hangers at this crag are bent from people clipping on them wrong or the belayer standing too far back and catching falls. Maybe the hangers were low quality to start with. None of them seem really unsafe, but I don't like the looks of these.

    That said, this cliff is kinda sad. A lot of routes of questionable quality are crowded in, between other routes. A few of the lines here are so close in places that it's hard to tell which line you are on and which bolt you should clip.

    Beach Bum was bolted so tight to the crack on Devil's Dihedral that the bolt is "on a trad line."
    By TBD
    May 20, 2002
    I did all of the climbs at this crag this past weekend. It was enjoyable, but none of them stand out in my mind. All of the climbs left me wanting more or feeling like it wasn't enough. Best described as unsustained. Definitely worth the approach though. There are 14 climbs, bring a rack of small-med. stoppers, some RPs, and Aliens. You can do them all in a few hours with a quick partner and no crowd.
    By Leo Paik
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Sep 5, 2002
    For perhaps slightly better directions for AC: Drive uphill and look for the upper Bihedral area (it has an overhanging profile on the skyline) approximately 7 miles past Elephant Buttesses (1st climbing rocks in the canyon). There is a pulloff on the south side of the road just past a decent talus field that comes down nearly to the road on the north side. There is a large tree at this pulloff. This pulloff is downhill from Boulder Falls. You can look up at the Bihedral and see a big, left-facing dihedral up high on the north side of the road. Walk downhill briefly (approx 100m) to the same talus field. Hike up the talus field approximately 5 minutes. When you get to a cliff, wander east 2 minutes to the base of this rock/crag. Hopefully, that helps.
    By Ray Snead
    Sep 23, 2002
    Someone has done some well-meaning but poorly thought out gear maintenance here lately. The anchor up and right of Topless Etiquette (also used for Le Nouveau Riche) has big links added, but the old links were not removed, leaving a bad situation. There are similar problems with the anchor on Bosch Blanket Bingo.
    By Bruce Hildenbrand
    Jun 27, 2003
    In early June, Ron Olsen, Rob Copolillo and I replaced the rappel/lower hardware on five of the seven fixed anchors on this crag. We removed all smash (lap) links and cold shuts and installed 5/16" quick links and 3/8" chain links plus new hangers where necessary. Also, we removed the worn smash links from the Le Nouveau Riche anchor (it already had quick links).

    This work was performed as part of the American Safe Climbing Association's (ASCA - Clean Anchor Campaign. They could use yoursupport!
    By George Bell
    From: Boulder, CO
    Oct 28, 2003
    I believe the parking are Leo refers to is the next wide area on the south side of the road after the Happy Hour Crag parking area (which is the next one after Cob Rock). If you walk back down the road 100' from here, there is a trail going up to the base of the Bihedral Area. Watch for loose rock, there is a block right on the trail hanging by a thread!
    By flynn
    Feb 24, 2004
    Parking: the wide area George talks about is also marked by little green mile marker 34. The "430" post trail is about two minutes' walk west.
    By Scott Edlin
    From: boulder, co
    May 9, 2006
    Ahh, tick! Tick! Tick! Tick!
    Check yourself - we picked up three on two people.
    By Matthew Benton
    From: Boulder, CO
    Sep 21, 2008
    LOST RACK??? I picked up the rack someone left by Chouette and Splash today and wanted to make sure it got back into the right hands. So if it's yours, call me at 231-343-9407 and we'll get you reconnected.
    By slim
    Mar 18, 2009

    You might want to check the "lost and found" section. Somebody posted something about finding a camera there recently....
    By fasteddyp1
    Oct 30, 2010
    Just went there today and there are two new bolted routes to the right of Splash. I was there a month ago, and they were not there. So, no longer is Splash the furthermost route to the right. The starts are a little tricky, especially if you stay to the right of the bolt on the route to the right of Splash. If I were to guess, I would say a few 5.9 moves, then gets easier on the way up.
    By cANDg
    Nov 3, 2010
    This place is nice for a quick few climbs, or for a relaxing trip out... I agree with someone else's comments on here, though, that the rock quality's not that great... Also, I've been here twice, once mid-day on a Tuesday, and both times there were two or three other groups....
    By Andrew Shoemaker
    From: Olympia, WA
    Jun 4, 2011
    Hated this place...crappy rock quality, crappy climbs, contrived bolting and over crowded. Will never return here ever again.
    By Fiona Dunne
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 11, 2011
    The post with 430 on it is right near the road, not 30 feet up.
    By Bruce Hildenbrand
    Nov 17, 2012
    In early October, Dale Haas, Ron Olsen and I replaced the worn anchor hardware (chain, chain links, or quicklinks) with new hardware on Splash/Chouette, Le Nouveau Riche and Topless Etiquette. Thanks to the American Safe Climbing Association ( for the hardware. They appreciate your support.
    By Gary Schmidt
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 19, 2013
    One note about the mentioned 430 sign: there is no way you will spot this driving by in your car unless you have eagle eyes. It is quite faded and small. It is, however, there and a good marker to tell you are starting the correct approach trail which is just east of the large talus field.

    Also in the interest of toting the positive aspects of this crag:

    1) Nice southern exposure for those colder days.
    2) Good place for a group as all the climbs are pretty much lined up and you can easily keep track of each other if you are the leader.
    3) A good variety of grades.
    4) Some pretty decent easy grade sport leads for newer leaders to practice one.
    5) The easy sport leads also offer the chance to place a little trad gear along the way (on the runout sections, bolts have not been placed where gear opportunities exist), so you can practice that without having to lead a whole route on gear.
    6) The easier routes are actually quite long compared to a lot of Boulder Canyon sport climbs.
    7) Easy approach/ nice base with lots of room to move around, drop packs, etc.
    8) Ok I know I am on a roll, too much time on my hands.
    9) Good place to practice your friction climbing, especially the Devil's (Devin's?) Dihedral. Awesome 5.9+ (best toproped, gear tricky, only one bolt).
    10) There are almost always climbers there (I guess that could be a negative in some ways) who seem to be laughing and in general having a good time and is one of the most popular places to climb in the canyon. Why would we be there if it was so bad?

    Kind of funny. It seems that some of the crags on here that get the most bashing are also the most popular.

    just my 2 cents
    By garrick steele
    From: Golden, CO
    Aug 11, 2013
    Loaned my Gri-gri to Lewis and Sara at the Riviera in Boulder Canyon. After seeing Lewis drop quite a few feet to the deck while being lowered on an ATC, I offered the use of my Gri-gri. His number didn't save in my phone. Reaching out here with the hope I can get it back.
    By Eric Internicola
    Aug 20, 2013
    2 weeks ago, I was out climbing Choutte when my group was caught in a lightning storm. I left 2 locking quickdraws at the anchors and a quickdraw on the route. If you found it, could you please return it to me? My email is:


    By Berweger
    Aug 31, 2013
    I somehow managed to leave some gear at the base of the Riviera today (8/31). If anyone grabbed it, I'd love to get it back in return for a proper reward.
    By George Bracksieck
    Mar 11, 2014
    As do hundreds of cragging areas, the Riviera lies beneath hundreds of vertical feet of choss, some of which could spontaneously fall and some of which could be knocked off by climbers. Visitors should at least wear helmets. Don't assume your kids are safe just because the Riviera has beginner/moderate routes.

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