Grand Junction in Mesa County is the largest city on Colorado’s Western Slope. Located in the midpoint of the Grand Valley, this service center boasts access to 2,693 climbing routes within a 40 mile radius. Mild winter temperatures support climbing activity in the spring and fall seasons. The chief advantage of the Grand Junction area is the massive number and variety of climbs that lie within a close proximity, giving climbers endless options for activity.
Bangs Canyon: 13 Routes
Located just before the East Entrance of Colorado National Monument: Broadway to Rim Rock Drive, 1 block to left on D Road, becoming Rosevale and Little Park Roads, 5 miles to the crest of the hill, turnoff to Rough and Bangs Canyons at the first left.
Bookcliffs: 3 Routes
Bullet Hole Boulder Area: 38 Routes
Colorado National Monument: 181 Routes
De Beque Canyon: 38 Routes
Dominguez Canyon: 2 Routes
Located south-east of Grand Junction, includes the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (210,172 acres). The Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area (66,280 acres included in the NCA) is managed by the BLM, and is their largest roadless area in Colorado. The Wilderness Area sits in the middle of the NCA, showcases Big and Little Dominguez Canyons. This area consists of red rock canyons with sandstone bluffs, all part of the Uncompahgre Plateau.
Dynamite Shacks: 65 Routes
Escalante Canyon: 81 Routes
Escalante Canyon lies in the south eastern part of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. Not included in the Dominguez Canyon WA, this section of the NCA allows for vehicle access on established roads.
Grand Mesa (Lands End): 82 Routes
Holy Cross Boulders: 18 Routes
From Grand Junction, Broadway to Rim Rock Drive, 1 block to left on D Road, becoming Rosevale and Little Park Roads, parking is at the Lunch Loop TH, just past the last house located on the right side of Little Park Road.
McInnis Canyon Bouldering: 4 Routes
McInnis Canyons: 8 Routes
The McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area is located just north-west from the Colorado National Monument, and consists of 123,430 acres of BLM administered land. This NCA contains the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Area, which has 75,000 acres and the largest concentration of natural arches in North America
Palisade: 19 Routes
Rabbit Valley: 2 Routes
Rattlesnake Canyon: 1 Route
Rattle Snake Canyon is part of the McInnis NCA, located north-west of the Colorado National Monument. Rattle Snake Canyon is located in the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Area. Hiking in from the Pollock Bench TH makes a round trip length of 15.5 miles. A second trail head south of the canyon is the shortest route to the Canyon, however it requires a high clearance four wheel drive vehicle for the last several miles. See McInnis Canyons above.
Riggs’ Hill: 73 Routes
Named for Elmer S. Riggs, a paleontologist with the Field Museum of Natural History, the hill area is thought of as the first dinosaur quarry in Western Colorado. This area is littered with large boulders, for bouldering.
Rough Canyon: 13 Routes
South Camp: 17 Routes
South Camp Bouldering Area is located off of South Broadway on South Camp Road on the Redlands. The desert hills in this area also the location for the Bullet Hole Boulders and the Dynamite Shacks area.
The Swimming Hole: 4 Routes
Tabeguache Boulders: 12 Routes
This boulder area is near the eastern boundary of the Colorado National Monument. Cross the Colorado River on Broadway, to Monument Road, follow south for 1.7 miles until reaching the Tabeguache/Lunch Loop TH (the same parking area for Dynamite Shacks), boulder area is located off the Tabeguache Trail.
Unaweep Canyon: 2019 Routes