Colorado National Monument Climbing

Colorado National Monument

  • Duration 7-8 Hours
  • Rock Climbing

Climb in the iconic Colorado National Monument with the Aspen Expeditions team!

Colorado National Monument offers splitter crack and tower climbing on Wingate and Entrada sandstone. The main attractions are the Independence Monument and Sentinel Spire. A classic route of the Independence Monument is Otto’s Route. This 5.8+ route ascends the north face of the Monument in four pitches. On the first ascent, John Otto drilled many holds into the sandstone which allowed for passage up the otherwise blank faces.

Sentinel Spire holds the challenging classic medicine man at 5.12 crack climbing. This route can also be a good mission for the 5.10 crack climber with short sections of aid or rope ascension. Other routes of varying difficulty exist on these and other formations for the adventuresome tower climber. The Colorado National Monument is a great area to link on a multi day climbing trip in the spring or fall with Unaweep Canyon, The Black Canyon of the Gunnison, or on the way out to Moab and Indian Creek.

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Trip Details


7-8 Hours


Some rock climbing experience necessary

Maximum Guide Ratio



  • AMGA and AE trained/certified rock climbing guide 
  • All technical equipment (helmet, harness, climbing equipment, ropes, packs, etc.)

Not Included

  • Lunch/snack food & water
  • Travel costs
  • Guide gratuity

Trip Itinerary

Your guide will contact you the day before at the phone number you give us to discuss an appropriate plan for you and to confirm a meeting place and start time. You will go over necessary gear to pack and meal planning.

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