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North Turkey Creek Crags

North Turkey Creek Crags 


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Submitted By: Darrin Stein on Jan 13, 2002
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Description 

It is a great area to take someone interested in trying out climbing. The approach is....park and open your door. However, some of the crags do lie up the hill, a few minutes hike. I only know of one climb that has a single bolt (Green Slab Indirect) and there may be a few pitons that I didn't see, but the climbs are mostly crack, with some face done while on TR.


Getting There 

Take US 285 (Hampden) West till you get to the North Turkey Creek exit. Go right for a few miles til you see the area, and pull out on the right.




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By Joe Keyser
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Apr 16, 2002

I went in here looking for a crag the other day, and didnt see anything. Went a few miles, and saw no rock... We entered at the Indian Hills sign, thats right isnt it?? Have any idea how far up the road to go, or, was I supposed to go in by Tiny Town? Or, is it up by Mt Falcon park somewhere? Thanks for the info...

By Melissa Crawford
Aug 6, 2002

You didn't go quite far enough up US 285 -- the Indian Hills sign is at Parmalee Gulch Road, about 2 miles before N. Turkey Creek Road. Like Parmalee Gulch, N. Turkey Creek stops at the north/west side of US 285; Tiny Town is on S. Turkey Creek, which runs entirely on the south/east side of US 285. (Hope that wasn't too confusing!)

I've scrambled around the crags but never gone looking for routes... since I'm not too far of a drive from them, I'll make a few calls around town and see what beta I can get on the crags before heading up there myself with the digital camera.

By Derek Lawrence
From: Bailey
Aug 6, 2002

There are "NO TRESPASSING" signs all over this property. It has been closed for several years and I would assume it still is. Too bad - there are some fun routes here.

By Steve Matthys
Apr 2, 2003

There were? Oh, I must have missed those signs.

By Anonymous Coward
Dec 9, 2003

Yes, it's posted. But in the mid-90s it wasn't. There are some great crack climbs including a nice dihedral and a super finger crack (5.9+ or 5.10); everything can be top roped, but it was also a super place to learn to lead. I think it was posted around 1997. I should say that to the best of my recollection, the problem wasn't trash. The property was sold and I believe the new owners were concerned about liability.

Ah, the good old days... no crowds, just rock.

By Anonymous Coward
Feb 10, 2004

I recently went there to visit my old climbing area (used to climb there in high school & college) and was VERY DISAPPOINTED to see the area was awash in No Trespassing signs. There were signs back in the day, but locals were cool as long as you respected the place. The new houses that have been built up there are not owned by people who are not as respectful of the Colorado lifestyle. Therefore, sprawl wins another round and a cool reason to live in Colorado dies an ugly death due to the developers.

By Olaf Mitchell
From: Paia, Maui, Hi,
Mar 29, 2007

Even though it's closed, I'm pleased to see this little area posted on this site.
Back in the early 70s you just never knew who you would run into at N.T.C., Dave Breashears, and Art Higbee among many others. I taught a lot of beginners their basic rock climbing skills at N.T.C. It was perfect for teaching due to its diverse nature. It has every size crack and every angle of face. It has some great leads, top ropes and bouldering. Nothing is far from the car and it is pleasantly shaded in the heat of the summer when places like Morrison are to hot.
The land was for sale for a long time. It was probably a bargain by to days inflated values. It's a shame that a climber, or someone sympathetic to climbing didn't buy it!
Oh, Sigh! Perhaps, it will open again one day.

By Bryan Ferguson
From: Castle Rock
Apr 30, 2008

I spent many an afternoon climbing at this great area. It is a shame to see it closed. The rock is so cool - never seen anything like it anywhere else.

By Daniel McNamara
From: Golden, CO
Sep 8, 2009

Not sure what sprawl has to do with the closure, since it's the concerns of a single land owner...but there may be hope since today I noticed the land is for sale.

By Daniel McNamara
From: Golden, CO
Sep 15, 2009

I'm sorry to report that the land for sale does not include the climbing area.