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Elevation: 5,500'
Location: 39.0347, -108.6074 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jesse Zacher, Brad Edwards, Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: LDYoung on Mar 1, 2011
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The blue line represents the trail. The right side...

Upper & lLower Holy cross Arena  

(First established, in the mid '90s) the Holy Cross Boulders also known as Upper & Lower Arena have revealed dozens of quality boulder problems ranging from V0s to Vhard with approach times from 15 to 20 minutes.

Getting There 

Take Little Park Road heading towards the Colorado National Monument approximately 3 miles. Park at the Lunch Loop trail head on the left, just after the last house on Little Park Rd. Hike down the Holy Cross trail, then take a right at the first fork, the trail sign will read Preup to Holy Cross, go right. This will take you to a ridge overlooking Upper & Lower Holy cross trail . You're within 1/4 mile of the boulders, then drop into the valley on the left. This is upper HC Arena, (stay on trail).

Approach time is 20 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.6 miles from here

4 Total Routes

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

Featured Route For Holy Cross Boulders (aka Arena)
Kody working the second half of Underbelly World.

Underbelly World V4- 6B  CO : Grand Junction area : Holy Cross Boulders (aka Ar...
Start with hands matched on the bottom lip with your feet underneath the belly of the boulder. From there, use crimps and big moves to come out of the belly. After you're up, it's a pretty easy series of moves to the topout. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Holy Cross Boulders (aka Arena) Slideshow Add Photo
Looks bad, but it's super solid.
Looks bad, but it's super solid.
Project, V11?
Project, V11?
Upper HC.
Upper HC.
On the ridge.
On the ridge.
The V11 Joe's Simulator. Texture is actually similar to Joe's Valley.
The V11 Joe's Simulator. Texture is actually simil...
An enlarged photo of The Wormhole/The Arena and Joe's Simulator.
An enlarged photo of The Wormhole/The Arena and Jo...

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By Brad Edwards
From: Grand Junction, CO
Jan 19, 2013
Anyone know ANYTHING about the HC Boulder? Any info would be great. I've spent 10 hours looking with no luck. Would love to see this thing.
By Hoez
From: Uganda
Jan 28, 2013
This area blows.... I've spent 2-3 years out in this area - scouring EVERYTHING. This area is the biggest let down. SO MUCH potential - and yet it's absolute shit.

MAYBE 3 ok problems in the entire 10 square mile radius. I've searched high and low and damn near dried out in the warmer months pushing around the next bend looking for solid rock.

Believe me when I say NOTHING is here.
By daniel garman
Feb 1, 2013
I could be wrong, but the photo looks like the boulders on Raven Ridge trail, approx. 1 mile south of Lunch Loop parking lot.
By Jared LaVacque
From: Anchorage/Grand Junction
Mar 22, 2013
Though a lot of this rock is friable, LDY established a really solid (for the grade and rock quality), though hard to find, V10 called The Wormhole and a project that I came close to sending last time back in town that is approximately V11/12 (solid in both aspects as well). There are a few other easier problems that are great as well. Caleb is right, though, there are a lot of friable holds on the majority of the boulders.

  • *I have GPS coordinates to these if anyone would like the locations of the above said problems.
By Brad Edwards
From: Grand Junction, CO
Mar 24, 2013
Jared, if you could send me some info on how to get to some boulders out here, that'd be awesome. I've gone out a lot just because it's a new and different area, but there's so little info on it. Thanks in advance!
By Max Robbins
Apr 5, 2013
I'd also like some info, I've been unable to find anything despite numerous efforts. I'd be really interested in looking at these lines.
By Jared LaVacque
From: Anchorage/Grand Junction
May 12, 2013
Brad and Max, PM me or LDY to get directions to the V11 project and Wormhole/Holy Cross V10.