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Mount Garfield Bouldering 
Palisade Rim Trail (Pictograph Trail) 
Things Of Beauty (aka Interstate I-70 Towers) 


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Elevation: 4,800'
Location: 39.1066, -108.343 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Feb 5, 2008
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Mt. Garfield. Photo: Carol Crockett.


This is a town of ~2500 which sits approximately 12 miles east of Grand Junction (on the western slope) along the I-70 corridor. This area may be best known for its excellent climate and soil for growing Colorado grapes for the Colorado wineries. Winters here are mild; however, summers can be enervating.

Among the climbing nearby, there is the somewhat outrageous climbing of the loosish, small towers emerging from the talus located just along the interstate.

There are a couple restaurants, a grocery store, a couple breakfast bars, and, of course, The Peach Street Distillery and the Palisade Brewery (thanks, Pat).

This entry was created to match the submissions entered initially in the vicinity by one of its locals.

Getting There 

Most folks will drive here via I-70. The town can be accessed via Exit 42 (or 44). Mt Garfield (~5500') is located WNW of Palisade, just north of the interstate. G.70 road which accesses the Mt. Garfield trailhead can be accessed via exit 42 and going south and then west.


The closest hospital, St. Mary's, is in Grand Junction if the tower should crumble prematurely.


So, is there any decent climbing higher up on Mt. Garfield?

Climbing Season

For the Grand Junction Area area.

Weather station 0.6 miles from here

17 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Palisade:
Bug-Eyed Monster   C1     Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 40'   Things Of Beauty (aka Inter...
The Sword of Damocles.   C2+     Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 70'   Things Of Beauty (aka Inter...
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Mantis 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A3  CO : Grand Junction Area : ... : Things Of Beauty (aka Inter...
Mantis is located in the next major right (east) of The Fortress and Turkey Neck Tower. The route is obvious on the west face of the tower. Pete Takeda: "A wedge of mud, the Mantis is a thin rib of claycrested by a precarious series of isolated blocks. The blocks, perched on raised clay mounds, resemble bug eyes, lending an insect appearance. The 180' formation is split clean through by a crack"....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Arial view of Mt Garfield. Photo Carol Crockett.
BETA PHOTO: Arial view of Mt Garfield. Photo Carol Crockett.
Misty morning on Mt Garfield and the things of bea...
BETA PHOTO: Misty morning on Mt Garfield and the things of bea...
A) The Black Tower. B) Napolean's Toothpick. C) Al...
BETA PHOTO: A) The Black Tower. B) Napolean's Toothpick. C) Al...

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By Patrick Moe
Oct 3, 2008
Don't forget about the Peach Street Distillery and the Palisade Brewery. Both worth a stop!
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