Rifle Mountain Park is one of the world’s best sport-climbing areas. The canyon’s limestone cliffs have more than 400 established rock climbs, including some of most difficult in America. Climbers come from all over the world to challenge themselves on the steep, gymnastic routes. This is THE place in western Colorado to rub shoulders with international rock stars! But the canyon is much more than just a crucible for the sport’s elite. Rifle Mountain Park rock climbing also features plenty of easier fare, suitable for novices and intermediates. Looking for a dense concentration of 5.13 and 5.14 lines? Check. Or is 5.9 your limit? Check — you’ll find good routes at that level, too. No matter what grade you climb, you’ll appreciate the unique style of movement produced by the blocky limestone, with side pulls, slopers, laybacks, and kneebars.
Rifle Mountain Park rock climbing features:
easy, roadside access
best concentration of hard, steep sport climbing in Colorado
plenty of easier routes
streamside picnic tables
cool summer conditions
great swimming holes
great climber camping
This book celebrates the climbs, climbers, natural beauty, and vibrant “scene” of Rifle. Learn about the flora and fauna, as well as the cast of characters responsible for the routes. Learn how to kneebar, and how to have fun falling off your project 100 times! And while you’re at it, enjoy the great photography from some of the country’s best-known shooters.