Delta County in southwest Colorado is quickly becoming a rock climbing and mountaineering destination. Delta County sits near two separate mountain ranges — the West Elks and the Grand Mesa, one of the world's largest flat-topped mountains.
Here is a peek at some of Delta County's preferred peaks that range from 5,000 feet to more than 11,000 feet.
Escalante Canyon is a rugged gorge that is one of the best climbing areas in western Colorado. The sandstone canyon is located near the town of Delta at the northeastern edge of the Colorado Plateau. There is climbing on both sides of the chasm, but most of the routes are on the south-facing side.
Needle Rock, a 7,874-foot peak near Crawford on the western edge of the West Elk Mountains, is another well-liked climb with a 694 ft. rise. Needle Rock, a remnant of a volcanic plug, is considered Delta County's most technically challenging summit.
Mount Lamborn, one of the most visible peaks in the region, rises more than 5,500 feet, offering 360-degree views of the Grand Mesa, Uncompaghre Plateau, La Sal Mountains and San Juan Mountains. It's a long and strenuous climb to the summit that takes hikers through a diversity of landscapes and vegetation. Climbers can expect to see dense forests of junipers, pines, scrub oak, sagebrush, aspen, high meadows and grassy slopes.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, in nearby Montrose County, is extremely deep and narrow and is a full-on adventure climbing area for expert climbers. There are 140 known Black Canyon climbs, and all of them are multi-pitch, free and traditional routes located in remote areas of the canyon. The majority of climbs take place at the North and South Chasm Walls, where the depth of the canyon measures more than 1,800 feet.
After a day scaling the summits of Delta County there is no better way to unwind than with a craft beer from Revolution Brewery in Paonia. The beer here is brewed from Mt. Lamborn spring water. Each batch is hand-stirred and brewed, with no filters, pasteurizing, chemical additives or finnings. Belly up to the tasting room, located in a former church, at 325 Grand Avenue in Paonia, or find it on tap at CB's Tavern in Delta.
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