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Although The Monument is not a destination area for ice climbing, there are a couple of routes to be climbed when the conditions are right. No Thoroughfare Canyon offers at least two climbs; an upper and lower falls, with the lower falls being the better of the two. Cameron Burns also mentions Ute Canyon Falls in his guide book but cautions that it can be "really thin and melted out".
The Colorado National Monument is located just outside of Grand Junction. Get on CO Hwy 340 (Redlands Parkway) and take Monument Road to the East Entrance of the park. If you're going to Ute Canyon, take Redlands to S. Broadway, turn south and drive 1.3 miles to Willow Drive. Turn left and follow it for about a half mile until you see a trailhead on your right.
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No Thoroughfare Falls is a great climb with a very surreal approach through the No Thoroughfare Canyon. Until you see the ice, it's kind of hard to believe that you're going to be climbing at all. Maybe it's all the cactus and red dirt on your boots, I don't know. If you go all the way to the bolted anchors at the top of the climb, it's about a 150' pitch. There are also a set of anchors located to the left of the upper pillar (at about 90' or so) if you opt out of the top portion of...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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