Follow Main St. straight west out of town. This same road changes its name to Spring Creek Road. After just over 6 miles, turn right (north) on 58.75 Rd. Follow 58.75 Rd. 3 miles north. The road descends off a mesa. Near the base of the descent, turn left (west) on Kiowa Rd. Follow Kiowa west about a mile. The road crosses a canal and heads south, changing its name to Shavano Valley Rd. Go south one-quarter mile, then head right (west) up Rim Rd. There is a large trailhead parking lot for the Tabaguache Trail here. Follow Rim Road about 2 miles to the third BLM-designated open road on the right (AFTER you cross under the wooden power poles, and just BEFORE you pass under the metal powerline structures). This 4WD road is about a mile in length and leads you to the top of the canyon rim above the climbing area. Go right at the first fork, and left at the second fork. There is a technical 4WD step just before the second fork. After making this left, go about 100 yards to the cliff. The roads described here are all legal, open routes designated with an arrow symbol on a sign. Ignore unmarked or closed roads or these directions won’t work.
Dry Creek Recreation Area is a locally known climbing area located about 14 miles west of Montrose Colorado. Dry Creek Canyon has a remote desert feel just minutes from town. Sandstone cliffs about 30 to 50 feet high with many incut holds provide a great finger workout. There is also a bouldering area 300 feet below the cliffs, at the bottom of the canyon. The easiest way to get to the boulders is to go down one of the descent gullies and hike down the slope.The routes range from 5.5 to 5.13. There is something for everyone.
Dry Creek is a designated route system that allows access to access the climbing area, hiking, and biking roads. The Dry Creek Section begins in the Shavano Valley near Montrose and stretches for almost 16 miles to the Transfer Road. The first 3 miles of the trail follows the Rim Road. From there the route drops down into Dry Creek Canyon and begins a lengthy climb up to the Uncompahgre Plateau. This follows to the mountain bike route which includes several short sections of single-track. For more information, please contact the Uncompahgre Field Office.