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The Zoo at the Far Side

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Monkey Jungle S 
Pet Detective S 
Pet Peeves S 
Petting Zoo S 
Scorpions S 
Zoo York Kitty S 

The Zoo at the Far Side Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,837'
Location: 38.61907, -105.23945 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: MJM on Mar 26, 2016
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Welcome to The Zoo
This is the first wall at the Far Side when approaching from the parking lot and can be seen from the lot.

Warning: This is a NEWER area, so BEWARE of loose rock!
When in doubt, wear a HELMET!
Some climbs have high first bolts. When in doubt, use a stickclip!

All climbs are on the west side of the the canyon. That means, a.m. sun with p.m. shade (1:30). Shelf easy and moderate climbing is found here.

Winter: good but could become cold after around noon or so.
Spring: great in the morning, great in the afternoon with rising temps
Summer: hot in the a.m. and hot but shaded in the p.m. The gnats can be unbearable!
Fall: a.m. is ok. p.m. is great.

Getting There 

#1 - Entering the Sand Gulch climbing area, make a sharp left just past the cattle guard.

This is a some what long and winding road. Once up and out of the short, rocky dip in the wash, bear right, and find the big parking area just after the “No Overnight Parking / Day Use Only” sign and park on the left. This is the backside Gallery parking area. Locate the trail near the bottom of the parking area.

Find the trail, and hike it to the well-signed intersection Far Side (L) & Mural Wall (R) signs. At the sign, go left, and follow the great trail uphill following several switchbacks. The final switchback is marked by 4 large stone steps just downhill from the wall. Hike just past these and find a cairn on the left. Follow the rough trail left to the wall.

#2 - Park at the Gallery parking lot proper.

Hike the trail past campsite #10 down the great trail and to the backside Gallery Parking Area. The Gallery trail is to the far right.

Follow above directions.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.2 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Zoo at the Far Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Zoo at the Far Side:
Game Warden   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Monkey Jungle   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Duck Soup   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Pet Peeves   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Scorpions   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Jurassic Parking Lot   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Petting Zoo   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Zoo York Kitty   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Catitude   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Pulling the roof on Catitude.  Photo by Kris Ugarr...

Catitude 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Colorado : Shelf Road : ... : The Zoo at the Far Side
Gain the red face to C1. Move straight up to and past C2 & C3 to under the roof. Clip C4 and move under then over the roof to a close C5 on good hands holds but not so good feet. Strenuous reaches gets you to C6. Climb straight up on big holds with steepening rock and a final crux to the chained anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Reggie Slavens
Mar 29, 2016
Wow, impressive. Keep up the good work, Mike and Rachel.
By Joel Allen
From: La Crosse, WI
Mar 27, 2017
Great crag for beginners, there is a lot of easy stuff and the bolts are very close together. This area also has quite soft grading, so just try everything regardless of the grade!

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