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In partnership with three local climbers—Neil Bradford, Randal Taylor, and Richard Smith—the Access Fund acquired three parcels in Unaweep Canyon in 1991 to conserve this unique climbing area and keep it open to public, passive recreation for generations to come. Unaweep Canyon is an important local resource in the Grand Junction area of Western Colorado. The property give climbers access to a line up of long, steep granite climbs in an area troubled by difficult access. While off the beaten track, the area sees more than 2,000 user days year-round. Not only is Unaweep a great area to climb in, it provides a major attraction along the Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway along CO-141.
phase 1: In 1991, the Access Fund, working in collaboration with local climbers, purchased several rock formations, including Sunday Wall and Hidden Valley Wall, from private landowners in the Canyon. The acquisitions provided strategic public access to adjacent BLM lands and protected stunning 400 foot granite walls which hold unique rock climbing opportunities in the scenic Unaweep Canyon.
phase 2: After a 1993 survey, the county granted a subdivision exemption allowing the larger parcels to be split beyond rural zoning limitations of 40-acre lots. This process allowed the Access Fund to acquire an additional 5 acres including Fortress Wall and a 10-foot wide access easement from Sunday Wall to Fortress and Hidden Valley.
phase 3: In 1999, the originally purchased parcels were separated, and the access trail and rock climbing areas were transferred to the Access Fund Land Foundation (AFLF) and the remaining road side properties to the local climbers.
In 2010, the property was transferred to (and is still held by) the Access Fund, upon dissolution of the Access Fund Land Foundation.