Rock Climbing at Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument offers enjoyable sandstone rock climbing for all ability levels. The top roping areas in Lower Monument Canyon are a great place for beginners to try rock climbing. Intermediate and advanced climbers will enjoy a climb of Otto’s Route on Independence Monument.

March – November

1 person: $350
2 people: $231 per person
3 people: $175 per person
4 people: $147 per person
5 people: $126 per person
6 people: $112 per person

  • Rock climbing Colorado National Monument image of Independence Monument
  • Rock climbing Colorado National Monument on Independence Monument


This area is also one of the most scenic locations for rock climbing in Grand Junction with abundant wildlife and captivating sandstone formations.

Otto’s Route on Independence Monument

Otto’s Route on Independence Monument is a great place to do your first multi-pitch rock climb. It has five pitches of climbing, a fantastic summit, and just a few moves of 5.8-5.9. Most of the route is rated 5.6-5.7 with short cruxes. The climbing is moderate and very enjoyable, and the tabletop summit is unforgettable!

A Colorful History of a Unique Climb

The climbing route on Independence Monument follows the line of first ascent done by John Otto, the first caretaker of Colorado National Monument. Otto did not have knowledge of roped climbing techniques so he drilled holes and inserted pipes as footholds to overcome difficult sections of the climb. He reached the summit on June 8, 1911. Most of Otto’s handiwork is now gone, although a few drilled holes remain that make the climb achievable with just a few moves in the 5.8-9 range.


Group Size

This is a private program, no one else will be paired with your party. If your group is larger than 2, we apply a group discount and additional guides are added to keep the guest to guide ratio at 2:1 or lower for multipitch climbs. The maximum ratio for toproping is 6:1.

Time and Place

This is a custom program. Meeting time and place are organized directly with your guide.

Getting to The Monument

The Colorado National Monument is located just outside Grand Junction, CO