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New Mexico Boulder

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New Mexico Boulder 

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Location: 39.038, -108.6045 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Cragophilia on Apr 23, 2011
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BETA PHOTO: The distinctive shape in the rock we thought resem...


This excellent boulder is a hidden gem! It would be quite popular if it were located at Dynamite Shacks or some other roadside boulder destination. The name comes from the distinctive shape on the east face of this boulder that somewhat resembles the image on the New Mexico flag. It is also worth noting that this boulder is quite close to the Holy Cross area and could possibly be considered part of that.

We were certain that we were the first to climb this boulder because of the large amount of cryptobiotic soil that surrounded it, but on subsequent visits, we could tell that others had repeated our discovery. Crypto is something that you MUST do your best to avoid when climbing in this area, though I suppose some sacrifices must be made. We did our best to minimize our impact by establishing trails and never deviating from them.

Getting There 

From the Indian Garden boulders, continue up the wash for about 0.25 miles until you come to a large boulder immediately on the left side of the creekbed (if you are looking upstream). If you look uphill and to the left, you should be able to see a strange, mushroom-shaped rock about fifty or sixty feet above you. Hike to that boulder. Once there, the New Mexico Boulder is only another couple hundred feet. Look for the distinctive sun shape on its northern face (see beta photos).

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Reaching for the crimp near the top of Pocket Full of Crypto.

Pocket Full of Crypto V1 5  CO : Grand Junction area : ... : New Mexico Boulder
This is another beautiful, aesthetic line on New Mexico's west face! Sit start on jugs and climb a series of great little pockets to a small crimp and an easy top-out. There is no walk-off; downclimbing Shag Carpet is the easiest way off the boulder....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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When you see this rock in the creekbed, turn left toward the mushroom shaped rock indicated by the arrow.
BETA PHOTO: When you see this rock in the creekbed, turn left ...
From the mushroom rock you will be able to see New Mexico Boulder (indicated by the red arrow).
BETA PHOTO: From the mushroom rock you will be able to see New...
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