Rotary Park - Rink Wall

  • Grade context: US
  • Ascents: 9




Zero approach and easy access to a variety of bolted routes make the Rotary Park Wall a good place for a quick sport session.


From the heart of Ouray, go north on US Hwy 550 toward Ridgway 1 mile. Look for the hockey rink on the right and turn into Rotary Park. Park by the public restrooms. Stroll 30 feet to the obvious cliff. Approach time: 10-12 seconds. Look for a handful of slabby short, moderate, well-protected sport/mixed lead climbs. Steep harder routes have been developed to the right around the corner. They stay dry-ish in a light rain.


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Currently the leftmost route at the Rink Wall. Leader may wish to place one mid-size piece.

FA: L. Tyler

Next bolted route to the right of Dangling Participle

Moving right from the left end of the established routes, this will be the third bolted line.

Begins from the ledge atop the slabby section on the left side of the Rink Wall and ascends a bolt line on the steep headwall. Access the belay ledge by scrambling or climbing one of the easier routes below.

FA: Logan Tyler & Justin Putnam

Fourth bolted line from the left.

This is directly opposite the restrooms in the middle of the slabby lower wall.

Climb Sesame Street, and continue above on the slab that works into a right-facing corner.

Set: Chris Dobbins

FA: L. Tyler

Bolted line just right of Sesame Street.

On the far right side of the slabby section. Rightward angling bolt line that follows the blunt arete between the slabby section and the overhanging section of the wall.

The first climb around the corner from Tepid Hummus with obvious bolts beneath shared anchors.

Moving right from the corner, along the vertical to overhanging section of the wall, this route is the second bolted line . Shares anchor with Tepid Hummus and San Juan Snake

FA: Jay Smith

Third bolt line from the corner, climbs a low bulge through a featured face and finishes atop a right facing corner.

This is a short route that angles right at the top to share the top anchors with Thong Wedgie, the climb to the right. Start only a few feet to the right of Pleasing the Masses. Shares anchor with Thong Wedgie

Just right of Highway 550 Revisited.

FA: Matt Hepp & Jason Nelson

Next bolted line to the right of Thong Wedgie.

FA: Matt Hepp & Jason Nelson

Start a couple of feet to the left of the leaning tree and several feet to the right of Right Winged Red Neck. With mostly big jugs and big moves, this climb is harder than RWRN with which it shares anchors. Angle left at the top to do so. Attack the bulge at the finish.

FA: Matt Hepp & Jason Nelson, 2013

This is a steep and juggy route that begins by climbing a small ramp that angles right above a spring coming out of the wall. The Ouray Rock Climbing guidebook stated Jason bolted this route on lead, with a self belay, hanging on with one hand and drilling with the other. It is a nice area in the shade.

FA: Jason Nelson, 2013

The Ouray Climbing Guidebook by Jason Nelson describes the climb: Climb up to a right-facing flake, then angle right through roofs above. You can also continue to the ledge at 105 feet for a longer 12a/b pitch. From these anchors, there are 3 more pitches above that is Hazy Shade of Winter.

FA: Jason, Jason & Lisa Nelson, 2013

Hazy Shade of Winter is a 4 pitch sport route on the right side of the Rotary Rink Wall. The first pitch anchors are shared with Industrial Measures (11d).

Pitch 1: 12a. Pitch 2: 12c, 100'. Pitch 3: 12b. Pitch 4: 12c.

FA: Jason Nelson, 2017

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