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The West: Rifle Mountain Park
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The West: Rifle Mountain Park

Rifle Mountain Park is arguably the best limestone sport climbing crag in the United States. A mile-long canyon with technical, sustained routes just off the road on both sides of the gorge, the climbs here are steep and tough. There’s no such thing as a boring route at Rifle, and many of the United States’ best sport climbers spend weeks here each year. “Rifle is classic, hard sport climbing,” Hunter says. “The canyon offers a lot of flexibility with sun and shade, but it’s tough routes all around. Definitely a hard-man’s place to climb. You go there to test your athleticism.”

Closest Town: Rifle, Colorado
Grade Range: 5.6 – 5.14
Notable Routes: 407
Classics: Merry Maids (5.10a), Feline (5.11b), Rumor Has It (5.11b), Ricochet (5.12a), Easy Skankin’ (5.12b), Pump-O-Rama (5.13a)
When to Visit: May-October

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