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Albuquerque Area Climbing 

All of these areas exist right east of the city of Albuquerque.

- Tunnel Springs: An area featuring short, sustained climbs on moderate quality, sharp limestone. A short distance from Albuquerque.

- Sandia Mountains: About one hours drive from Albuquerque (depending on the side you are coming from), if alpine adventure and long approaches your taste, head into the Sandia back-country.

- Palomas Peak: Technical limestone sport climbing within the Sandia Mountains. About a one hour drive from Albuquerque with a 20 minute approach.

- The TV Station: High quality, alpine, limestone bouldering at the top of the Sandias, just north of the Sandia Crest.

- U-Mound: Granite bouldering in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. This is the closest outdoor climbing you can find from the city of Albuquerque.

- Big Block: A small limestone crag just outside of Albuquerque.


Getting There 

The biggest city in the state of New Mexico, look for the intersection of I-25 and I-40, and everything around it is Albuquerque.


546 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Albuquerque Area Climbing:
Screaming Jihad   V12 8A+     Boulder, 20'   Three Gun (Tres Pistolas) : Screaming Jihad
Knife Edge   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I M 1c     Trad, Alpine, 900'   Juan Tabo Canyon : Shield
Northwest Ridge   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : The Thumb
The Second Coming   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande
Estrellita   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 110'   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Estrellita
Southwest Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1300'   Juan Tabo Canyon : The Needle
Aviary Ort Overhangs   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : The Thumb
Warpy Moople   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a R     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande
Bush Shark Spire   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 200'   Echo Canyon : Bush Shark Area
Excitable Boys   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 700'   Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande
Yucca Flower Tower   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches   Echo Canyon : Yucca Flower Tower
Rawhide   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'   Echo Canyon : Yucca Flower Tower
Great Escape   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Echo Canyon : Yucca Flower Tower
Mountain Momma   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Torreon
Little Yellow Jacket   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 580'   Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande
Purple Haze    5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c A4+ R     Trad, Aid, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1000'   Juan Tabo Canyon : Shield
Wizard of Air   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 600'   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Torreon
Autumn Ivy   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Chimney Canyon : Clandestine Wall
Cat Daddy   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ E7 6c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 90'   Chimney Canyon : Clandestine Wall
Event Horizon   5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ E8 7a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 95'   Chimney Canyon : Clandestine Wall
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Featured Route For Albuquerque Area Climbing
The first two pitches of Sorcerer's Apprentice

Sorcerer's Apprentice 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c PG13  NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Torreon
This is an old and somewhat forgotten classic on Torreon. The first two pitches are some of the best climbing at the 5.10 grade in the Sandias. Be prepared for sustained climbing with small and occasionally heady gear.P1 - You can start directly below a thin crack/seam that cuts its way straight up the wall for 200ft. If you start directly there is about 50 ft of face climbing to gain a big ledge. You can access this same ledge from the left and skip the lower face. Above the ledge pull int...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By eMurdock
From: Tucson, Arizona
Jul 11, 2010

I'll be visiting Albuquerque between July 13 and July 20. Anyone need a partner for the Sandias or anywhere else cool enough to climb. Trad or sport. Cheers.

By chris scalf
Jun 1, 2012

is there any climbing at the top of menaul?