Mystery Destination: Rock Climbing Paradise

We've featured most of the national parks, some state parks, a few mountains and a couple rivers in our Mystery Destination Series. Today we are featuring an amazing rock climbing destination. This might be a little more difficult to guess but if you love rock climbing, chances are you've heard someone talk about it.

Read the five clues, take a look at the photos then make your best guess by entering the answer in the comments below.

camping and climbing destination

  • The unusual name of this area comes from an Arapahoe word meaning 'Earth Born'.

  • The area is within the Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest and includes a day-use picnic area and an overnight campground but is best known for the amazing rock climbing. In fact, there are currently 900 climbing routes currently on record.

  • Mountain bikers, anglers, hikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers also enjoy the natural beauty of this area which is easily accessible from Interstate 80.

  • The area was used as a military testing ground until 1961. It is now managed by the state and is free to access except for overnight camping fees in the established campground.

  • While you are in the area, stop and see a nearby Statue of President Abraham Lincoln's head and a pyramid built in the 1880's by the Union Pacific Railroad.


Do you know it? Have you visited the area? Enter the name of this recreation area in the comments below.

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Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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