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40oz of Freedom T 
5.11c S 
Chafin' Chaffee T 
Cherry T 
Cisco Kid T,S 
Double Scooter S 
Dr. Who T 
Knobs S 
Knobs Up S 
Lemonis Lament T 
Robbin' the Hood TR 
Saw Blade S 
Scalsamine S 
Shoulder Season S 
Slot, The T 
Smack and Spray S 
Uncle Kurt's Disco T 
Unloved 
You Call Yourself a Thief? T,S 
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Turtle Rocks Rock Climbing 


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Location: 38.88191, -106.14755 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Robby Cribbs on Mar 18, 2007
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Description 

Turtle Rocks is one of Buena Vista's largest crags. It holds more than 20 climbs including sport, mixed, and trad routes.

Per hwendlandt Wendlandt: this is not a good area for beginners and kids, because you have to scramble up the most dangerous sections to get to them.

Getting There 

From Buena Vista, take CR 371. Take a [right] on CR 375. At the top of the switchbacks, there is a parking area on the left.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.4 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',3],['5.10',7],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Turtle Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Turtle Rocks:
You Call Yourself a Thief?   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
Knobs   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Cisco Kid   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
40oz of Freedom   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Saw Blade   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches   
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Featured Route For Turtle Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: Smack and Spray.

Smack and Spray 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  Colorado : Buena Vista : Turtle Rocks
This is a fun climb. Start from ledge next to some graffiti and just right of Triple Delight, 5.12a. Be careful belaying from ledge, the rock to the sides of route is still chossy, and it's easy to fall off the ledge. There is an awkward move from last bolt to anchors, the route seems to move from the right to the anchors, but there is an older piton to the left of the anchors. We are unsure if the route perhaps moves left and up....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Turtle Rocks Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: A bolted, overhanging crack [named Johnson] in The...
BETA PHOTO: A bolted, overhanging crack [named Johnson] in The...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Corridor, aka the gully next to Wallstreet. Go...
BETA PHOTO: The Corridor, aka the gully next to Wallstreet. Go...
Rock Climbing Photo: Turtle looking West
Turtle looking West

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By Doug Ranck
Aug 9, 2007
Turtle Rock climbs are a few that are listed here. The guide book refers to this area as Turtle Rock. There are a lot of great climbs here.
By Hallie
May 26, 2008
Quick comment on "getting there" - from Buena Vista, head north on 371 and then turn right (east) onto 375, not left.
By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
Jun 27, 2008
There's plenty of free camping here (even a port-a-john) but this area appears to the local hangout for parties. Be prepared for loud music and random screaming all night.
By Bryson F
From: Westminster, CO
Feb 4, 2015
38.88191, -106.14755.
By D. Shaw
Aug 7, 2016
On Southeast side, the really great route is on the right side. Mix of bolts and a crack section -- start with two bolts on thin face moves up to a roof. Doesn't seem to be mentioned, but we thought it was maybe 10d or 11a. Anyone know what it is? In the climbing guide, there is a 10b mentioned, but this was not 10b. Also, the two porta-potties were the grossest I have ever seen in my life. No TP and the piles of poop were basically near the toilet seat rim and correct about the party scene and music.
By hwendlandt Wendlandt
Jul 5, 2017
Probably the worst directions and descriptions I've ever experienced at such a popular crag. The so called 'trails' are a mess, and MP folks haven't clarified much of anything about where climbs are, much more than 'this one is next to that other climb that isn't mentioned or described.' The books are in disagreement with each other and with the site, but most of all, what a let down to bring beginner climbers and kids here, because of the lower grade routes, only to find you have to scramble up the most dangerous sections to get to them. Bummer.

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