Ruckman Cave

  • Grade context: US
  • Ascents: 129
  • Aka: The Firing Chamber



Access issues inherited from Rifle Mountain Park

Drive west to Glenwood Springs on I-70. Ten miles further west take the Newcastle exit. Turn right off the freeway and come to a stop sign. Continue straight (north) on a four-lane road that then bends west through Castle Valley, a housing development just outside of town. After a couple of miles this road dead ends at Grass Valley Road.

Follow Grass Valley Road west, passing the turn-offs for East Elk Canyon, Main Elk Canyon (home of the Fortress of Solitude), West Elk Canyon, and Harvey Gap. After about 6-8 miles Grass Valley Road comes to a T-intersection. Turn right and follow this paved road up up up past the fish hatchery, where it turns to dirt. You're now in Rifle Mountain Park.

Ethic inherited from Rifle Mountain Park

Pay your entrance fee, don't park where you're not supposed to, and keep a low, friendly profile. The climbing here is excellent, and there's more than enough routes to go around.


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"The best sport 13a in America?"

Head Full of Lead extension

Firearms extension

Climb Primer to the anchors then traverse left to a small dihedral and continue up past 3 more bolts to the higher anchors.

This route links Pellet Gun into the higher anchors above Primer. Climb Pellet Gun to the end but don't clip the anchors. Instead traverse left into Primer. Continue past the Primer anchors to the higher anchors.

Nessun Dorma extension.

This cliff is unlocated

If you know where this cliff is then please take a minute to locate it for the climbing community. contact us if you have any issues.


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