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Atomic Energy Crag  

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Looking down at the road from the cliff line.


This gets lots of sun! It is great for Fall, Winter, and Spring. Overall, it has great quality Dakota Sandstone.

This is a great area with good camping below the cliff and a good array of different climbs that could keep you busy for a few days. There are some classics up there.

The routes are mostly bolted with a smattering of trad and mixed routes. Climbs average around 50-70 feet. The boulders at the base are what make up the Atomic Energy Boulders.


D. Dihedral.
E. Finger Fusion, 10+, 1p, 40', gear.
F. Mushroom Cloud, 9-, 1p, 60', gear.
J. Rancho Deluxe, 10, 1p, 70', gear & bolt.

Getting There 

From Gateway, drive Southwest on CO 141 until the Junction of 90 and CO 141. Take a right on 90. After a few times, take a right on EE22 Road. Stay on EE22 until you drive by the base of the prominent buttress on the hill that is AEC. There are many parking/camping spots below the cliff.

The approach is 10-15 minutes of switchbacks up to the cliff from the parking area.

Climbing Season

For the Naturita and Paradox Valley area.

Weather station 13.4 miles from here

5 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Atomic Energy Crag:
Mushroom Cloud   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Pick Pocket   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Rancho Deluxe   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Finger Fusion   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Atomic Energy Crag
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Rancho Deluxe 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  CO : Naturita and Paradox Valley : Atomic Energy Crag
Start off in a bit of poor rock with hands. As you continue up, the crack pinches down and the rock scoops out past vertical. Once the crack disappears, clip a bolt and go for the anchors. This has great movement on good rock....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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