Western Sloped!


The full-color Rifle Mountain Park ($29, wolverinepublishing.com) arrives at a welcome time, with the route tally at this punishing limestone crag now reaching 300, thanks to the rescinded bolting ban. Also chronicled herein are the lesser-known nearby river valleys — the Crystal, Frying Pan, Glenwood Canyon, etc. — offering cragging, bouldering, and even a big wall. This 230-page reference, detailing 900 climbs, was researched and compiled by locals; it stokes the fires for the region’s quiet, sometimes chossy rocks with full-page action shots, a hilarious “Demons of Bosch” homage, a history of Rifle and the Fortress of Solitude, and photo topos.

—Matt Samet