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Winter Gear Guide


Article & Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Temperatures and weather conditions are wide-ranging on a fall or winter day in Rio Grande country; from 45 degrees and sunny to single digits and snowing, and even to sub-zero temps (and everything in between). While you’re playing and exploring the area, prepare yourself [...]

Winter Gear Guide2020-03-31T11:49:51-06:00

Rock Climbing in the Valley


Article & Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Looking for new climbing routes and bouldering problems during your visit to the San Luis Valley? Thanks to the unique geology of the valley, an abundance of climbing opportunities are available for beginners and experts alike. The world-renowned crown jewel of the valley is Penitente Canyon Special Recreation Area, offering over 300 [...]

Rock Climbing in the Valley2020-03-17T18:19:13-06:00

Frozen Ascent – Ice Climbing


Photo Credit: JH Jackson Photography Are you a rock climbing enthusiast? Try your skill out at ice climbing. We have more than 224 routes for rock, boulder and ice climbing with YDS grade ratings difficulty up to 5.13. A few of the favorite ice climbing locations are: Zapata Falls 3 short routes on the [...]

Frozen Ascent – Ice Climbing2018-12-18T15:09:04-07:00

Penitente Canyon


Penitente Canyon, while quite secluded, has emerged as one of Colorado’s premier rock climbing areas. The area includes Penitente, Rock Garden, Sidewinder, and Witches Canyons with a high concentration of world class routes. Along with unparalleled rock climbing, the newly reworked trail systems offers 17 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking to enjoy [...]

Penitente Canyon2020-03-17T18:16:26-06:00