Dry Creek Climbing Area

Buzzard Gulch Trail System, Near Gunnison, Colorado

Dry Creek Climbing Area does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


Dry Creek Recreation Area is a locally known climbing area located about 14 miles west of Montrose Colorado. Dry Creek Canyon has a remote desert feel just minutes from town. Sandstone cliffs about 30 to 50 feet high with many incut holds provide a great finger workout. There is also a bouldering area 300 feet below the cliffs, at the bottom of the canyon. The easiest way to get to the boulders is to go down one of the descent gullies and hike down the slope.The routes range from 5.5 to 5.13. There is something for everyone.

Dry Creek is a designated route system that allows access to access the climbing area, hiking, and biking roads. The Dry Creek Section begins in the Shavano Valley near Montrose and stretches for almost 16 miles to the Transfer Road. The first 3 miles of the trail follows the Rim Road. From there the route drops down into Dry Creek Canyon and begins a lengthy climb up to the Uncompahgre Plateau. This follows to the mountain bike route which includes several short sections of single-track. For more information, please contact the Uncompahgre Field Office.

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