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Detached tower across from the parking area. The ...


There is a multitude of adventure climbing around Exit 49, south of I-70. There are several sandstone buttresses and towers that vary in height from 25 feet to well over 100 feet within 20 minutes hike of CO Highway 65 and I-70.

Getting There 

Heading east from Grand Junction on I-70, take exit 49 towards Powderhorn Ski area. When the 1-way southbound exit joins northbound Highway 65, make a U-turn and drive back toward I-70. There is a parking area near the I-70 east entrance on the west (left) side of the road, across from an obvious detached tower.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.8 miles from here

2 Total Routes

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

Featured Route For Exit 49
The route from the ground.

Birthday Tower 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Grand Junction area : ... : Exit 49
Climb good hands in solid rock for ~10 feet into some very rotten rock. The rotten section is ~12 feet thick, with a strangely solid and safe hand/finger crack in the center of it, that protects well. Pull over a small roof (crux) and make easy moves to the top on solid sandstone. It gets one star for the adventure, not the rock quality....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Near the upper buttress of the Exit 49 Area.
Near the upper buttress of the Exit 49 Area.
Three free standing towers near the top of the buttress.
Three free standing towers near the top of the but...
Me leading the final pitch of "the Bear" aka Rimrock Spire. I-70 below.
Me leading the final pitch of "the Bear"...

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