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The Best View
Comes After the
Hardest Climb

The Grand Valley is a unique epicenter for rock climbing, boasting breathtaking beauty, diverse terrain, convenient access, a range of climbing styles, and a welcoming community. It is also adjacent to the world renowned Rifle Mountain Park and the stunning crack climbing in Moab.

Where to
Climb

With the endless crack climbing routes and boulders in Unaweep Canyon, the sandstone cliffs of Escalante Canyon, the granite canyon walls and sandstone blocks in Grand Junction, or the desert cracks and towering spires in the Colorado National Monument, something is sure to call your name!

Dynamite Shacks

Unaweep Canyon

Colorado National Monument

Escalante Canyon

Dynamite Shacks

Known for its scenic beauty and accessible climbing, D-Shacks is a favorite among locals and visitors alike as it offers a variety of  problems that range from beginner-friendly to more challenging.

  • Easy Flake is a V0+ boulder. To get there, you’ll head start at the Dynamite Shacks parking area then look about 20′ in front of you for the Easy Block boulder.

  • The Millennium Falcon is a V1, 15-foot boulder. To get there, you’ll start at the Dynamite Shacks parking area and follow the first trail to the right all the way to the end where you’ll find Falcon Block.

Unaweep Canyon

One of the most premier bouldering destinations in Colorado with more problems (1,000+) than at either of the more famous Joe’s Valley in Utah or Hueco Tanks in Texas.

  • The Mark of Zorro climb is a V5, 18-foot boulder. To get there, you take Highway 50 onto CO Highway 141 until you reach the Fossil Boulder. From there, you’ll see the Right Plethora boulder on your right which is where you’ll find the Mark of Zorro climb.

  • Sage Truth is a V2, 20-foot boulder. To get there, you’ll head up Nine Mile Hill to the Dave Loves Donna Boulders, to Royal Rock. Sage Truth is located on the west face of Royal Rock

  • The Sun Drains Heavy is a V2, 12-foot boulder. To get there, you’ll start at Nine Mile Hill and make your way to Mecca Boulder Area, then to Pink Floyd Area, and finally to Two Balloons Boulder.

There are just a few of the classics, for a more extensive list, visit Mountain Project

Colorado National Monument

There are over 1,000 trad climbs and 280 sport climbs in the area, 500 of which are in Unaweep alone! For an extensive list of climbs, visit Mountain Project. Below are a few of our favorites.

Escalante Canyon

Unaweep Canyon

Please note: Upper Unaweep Granite is a rope climbing area whereas Lower Unaweep Sandstone is mostly bouldering with some single pitch roped climbs.

Upcoming Events

22 April 2024
5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Colorado Mesa University; Meyer Ballroom in the University Center, 1100 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501
23 May 2024
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Basecamp Beer Works, 2575 U.S. 6 & 50, UNIT C
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501

Community Partners

Online Maps/Routes

Regional Guidebooks

  • Bouldering Unaweep Canyon: Volume 1 by David Lloyd
  • Classic Desert Climbs by Fred Knapp
  • Colorado Bouldering: Mountains and Western Slope by Phillip Benningfield
  • Desert Rock: Rock Climbs in the National Parks by Eric Bjornstad
  • Desert Rock III: Moab to Colorado National Monument by Eric Bjornstad
  • Grand Junction Rock: Rock climbs of Unaweep Canyon and adjacent areas by K.C. Baum
  • Rock Climbing Colorado (Falcon Guides) by Steven M. Green

Etiquette While Climbing

Climbing comes with responsibility – commit to The Climber’s Pact.

Be considerate of other users

Place gear and pads on durable surfaces

Clean up chalk and tick marks

Minimize group size and noise

Respect regulations and closures

Use, install, and replace bolts responsibly

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