Climbing in Unaweep Canyon

While places of unparalleled beauty don't tend to stay that way when word gets out somehow the climbing in Unaweep Canyon has escaped the hordes of popularity others on the Western Slope have suffered. Maybe it's just too close to Moab or people wanted to get scared in the Black Canyon but this desert location is truly special. The name, from the Ute people, means 'the canyon with two mouths'. Because the rivers flow to both ends. The granite cliffs lining this valley have a few thousand climbs on their walls that are taller than most of the skyscrapers in major cities. While the winter can be cold there are still many climbable days since the walls face mainly south. Spring and fall are the most stellar weather with an early start making for better climbing in the summer months. This Western Slope climbing area has a good mixture of styles and makes a great location to learn to sport lead or trad lead. You can learn to crack climb or improve your multipitch climbing. 

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Unaweep Canyon Rock Climbing Information


Climbing in Unaweep Canyon is available year round weather permitting. Generally the best time to climb is on warm days in the fall, winter, and spring. While there are some reasonable summer days and walls that catch shade most spots tend to be hot requiring an early start.

Guided Rock Climbing Trip Rates

1 Guide Half Day (4 hours) Regular Day (6 hours) Full Day (8 hours)
1 Guest $309 $369 $429
2 Guests $249 $309 $369
3 Guests $199 $249 $309
4 Guests $149 $199 $249
2 guides to keep low ratios for the best experience!
5-8 Guests $119 $149 $199

Rate Information:

Rates are per person, e.g. 3 people for a Regular Day would be $249/person for a total of $747. Trip start times are custom but generally we recommend 8AM starts for most rock climbing May through September to avoid heat, crowding, and afternoon thunderstorms.

Discount Information: We appreciate our guests but discounts are limited to the following and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Early Bird Discounts and Last Chance Pricing: Book early and save! Schedule any rock climbing trip a month or more in advance for a 10% discount. Any trip booked with less than 48 hours notice incur a $100 convenience fee.

Bundle Pricing: The ultimate way to get started climbing! Purchase 3 or more days of climbing guiding or instruction at once for a 10% discount. Schedule at your convenience.

Unaweep Canyon is located less than an hour southwest of Grand Junction on the Western Slope. Flights into Grand Junction Regional Airport are often reasonably priced and the most convenient with service from most major airlines and many of the amenities found at major airports such as car rentals.

Typical Meeting Location:

Unaweep Canyon is a hidden gem of the Western Slope with warmer weather and few crowds there are a variety of easier single pitch climbs as well as more adventurous multipitch climbs.

Climb Name Climb Description
Made in the Shade (5.8, 2 pitches) A simple moderate climb following a clean crack for a couple pitches before a mellow rappel descent. A nice place to escape the sun since it faces west. Made in the Shade
Sweet Sunday Serenade (5.9, 4 pitches) One of the most sought after classics of the area with a variety of crack climbing techniques necessary to get to the top. With a variety of variations and moderate climbs nearby it's an excellent area for a full day of climbing. Sweet Sunday Serenade
Harmony Dihedrals (5.10, 4 pitches) Another great climb just up the hill from Sweet Sunday Serenade, and a great step up. With excellent corner climbing on clean granite the stellar pitches continue all the way to the rim. Harmony Dihedrals

Trips Include

-Group climbing equipment (ropes, carabiners, etc).

-Individual climbing equipment (harness, helmet, climbing shoes, and belay devices).

-Guide with AMGA Training and Certifications for climbing and instruction.

Trip Excludes

-Transportation to climbing sites or any sort of lodging.

-Guide gratuities.

-Personal clothing and footwear.

-Personal snacks and water.

-Trip Insurance

-Other costs not associated with services provided by The Colorado Climbing Company.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

If for some reason you need to cancel your course or trip outside of 30 days you will receive a full refund less service charges to cover our costs incurred. For trips less than $500 this service charge is $50 and for those more than $500 this service charge is $100 or 10% of the trip cost, whichever is greater. If you must cancel within 30 days of the course or trip a refund of 50% will be given. All balances are due in full before the start of any course or trip and no refunds will be given beyond the course or trip date. In the case of unsafe conditions, weather or other circumstances beyond our control we will do our best to reschedule or issue a credit for a future trip. If this isn't possible you will receive a refund less the previously outlined service charges.