an off-the-beaten-track Colorado version of Indian Creek Canyon, is a deep canyon lined with Wingate sandstone walls that drains northeast from the top of the Uncompahgre Plateau to the Gunnison River between Grand Junction and Delta.
Escalante Creek, a perennial stream draining eastward to the Gunnison River, carved the broad sandstone canyon, which reaches depths of 1,300 feet from rim to creek.
This canyon is named for Fray Silvestre Velez de Escalante, who along with fellow Spanish priest Fray Francisco Dominguez explored east of the canyon in 1776 while searching for a practical overland route from Santa Fe to the new missions in California. In 1875 Hayden Survey geologists named Escalante Canyon and Dominguez Canyon just to the north in honor of the pioneering padres.
Lately, Escalante is becoming very popular climbing destination. Climbing at Escalante
is similar to climbing at Indian Creek in Utah. Expect steep, sustained crack climbing on Wingate sandstone.
The canyon is a mix of both Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public land and private property. Most of the land along the canyon floor from Gunnison River bridge to the Captain Smith cabin is a private ranch property. The canyon sides are BLM land.
This was my first trip to Escalante. I went with a group of climbers from Ouray, all excellent climbers (except me:). We set up ropes on a few routes, and took turns trying our best. It was so much fun to climb with friends.
Climbs we played on:Rusty's Cave 5.10
Willie's Hand Jive 5.10+/5.11
Angela Jim leading Michael Me looking down
Jim leading George leading Angela Michael clean up Jim rappel
Kevin George Darrin Kevin again Cabin Wall
me Michael leading Cabin Wall Checking out the climb
External LinksMountain Project
Info on Escalante and Dominguez canyons