(See below for information about this area)
From "Telluride Rocks":
Sixteen miles south of Telluride is the mouth of the steep-sided canyon where the town of Ophir lies. Here stands the impressive Ophir Wall and several other excellent cliffs.
The Ophir Wall is the centerpiece of rock climbing in the Telluride area. Several quality multi-pitch climbs are found here along with many excellent short routes. The big, bad, rad cliff of the Telluride region, standing in a spectacular alpine setting, subject to all the whims of the mountain environment, this crag is one of Colorado's hidden gems. Cracked Canyon and the Dark Side offer dozens of fun routes in a wide range of difficulties.
Predominately a traditional climbing area, Ophir is becoming ever more unique in the current era of rock climbing. Many routes here were put up by legendary, pioneer climbers, who at the time were pushing the limits of climbing. Be prepared to run it out and test your gear placement savvy. Many routes can be stitched up tight, using an assortment of protection. Not enough can be said about the dangers of LOOSE ROCK and route finding on the cliffs of Ophir. All said, this is an excellent place to climb! Especially so for the adventurous climber.
High above the Ophir Wall stand the Ophir Needles. These towers have seen numerous ascents by miners and rock climbers over the years. No route descriptions are included in the guide book, leaving plenty of mystery and excitement in store for those who venture there. Good climbing can be found on the needles, but expect the unexpected.
Development of new routes in Ophir has slowed in recent years, however potential of such exists. The character of Ophir as a ground up, traditional climbing area should be respected and treated as such. Please appreciate the experience of climbing in the Ophir valley for what it is.
Note: this map and text has been included here just for my personal reference when looking at the pictures