The Access Fund acquired Society Turn in 1995 to conserve this unique climbing area and keep it open to public, passive recreation for generations to come. Society Turn is an important local resource in the Telluride area of Western Colorado. As a popular year-round stomping ground for climbers of the area, the property sees more than 3,500 user days annually.
In 1995 the Access Fund received a cry for help from citizens of Telluride and members of the Telluride Mountain Club – their favorite local rock climbing destination was slated to be closed to public access and sold by a developer. The landowner was concerned with liability at this increasingly popular bouldering area.
The parcel was originally an isolated US Forest Service parcel that the development company Aldasoro Ltd was forced to acquire as part of a separate land exchange related to residential development in their upper borders with National Forest. Aldasoro threatened to close Society Turn unless it could re-convey the property to a third party. Telluride Mountain Club looked into possible transfers to the Town of Telluride, San Miguel County, and School District, but none of these entities were willing to hold the parcel. In 1995, Aldasoro donated the 6.09 acre parcel to the Access Fund Land Foundation, with a utility easement for a water line running through the western portion of the property. The AFLF accepted the donation, protecting the popular local crag into perpetuity.
In 2010, the property was transferred to (and is still held by) the Access Fund, upon dissolution of the Access Fund Land Foundation.
Located outside Telluride in the San Juan Mountain Range of Western Colorado, the 6-acre property angles northeast from Airport Road along asmall 20-foot cliff band. To the east and west, the parcel borders a 30-acre tract of private open space restricted by a conservation easement. Residential lots to the north are not visible from the bouldering area.
Driving directions: Travel south on CO-145 towards Telluride. Three miles west of Telluride where CO-145 S turns right, continue straight on W Colorado Ave and take the next quick left onto Airport Road. Park at the second turnout on the left, just below the trail to the cliff.