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Northern Box areas  

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The northern Box areas are home to a variety of good climbing and bouldering. Overhanging juggy bouldering along the streambed near US60, and the surrounding canyon walls offer other good climbing. Please see map layout of different climbing walls and bouldering areas.

If you want to toprope there are many good routes on the Waterfall Wall, the first wall on the right when you pull into the parking area. There are also a few two pitch routes on the Red Wall.

Getting There 

All the areas here can be accessed from the main Box parking lot. About 1/4 mile after turning on the dirt from US60, veer left at the Y and the this parking lot is to the left before the road crosses the wash. There is a trash receptacle, toilet, and information kiosk here.

One can park immediately off US60 just west of the bridge for shorter access to Streambed, North Wall, Red Wall, and the North End.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.8 miles from here

122 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',40],['2 Stars',57],['1 Star',24],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Northern Box areas:
Mr. Jibbers   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Hueco Wall
Barite   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Waterfall Wall
Red Wall   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Red Wall
Diamond Clutch   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Waterfall Wall
The Throne   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Hueco Wall
Unknown   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Hueco Wall
Spiderman   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 175'   Red Wall
Nasty Sally   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Waterfall Wall
Fire Cracker   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   Red Wall
New Kids on the Block   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Filet de Papillon Wall AKA ...
Green Chile   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 40'   Wine Wall
Red Licorice   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 45'   North Wall
Bob Marley Meets Master Ganj   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Filet de Papillon Wall AKA ...
Unknown Lance Route   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Filet de Papillon Wall AKA ...
Duran Duran   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Filet de Papillon Wall AKA ...
Little Caterpillar   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Filet de Papillon Wall AKA ...
Almost Blue   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport   Filet de Papillon Wall AKA ...
Full Penetration   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 35'   Filet de Papillon Wall AKA ...
Sinister Dane   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Filet de Papillon Wall AKA ...
The Deputy   5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Sport, 60'   Filet de Papillon Wall AKA ...
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Featured Route For Northern Box areas
MattL moving through the final boulder problem of Sinister Dane, it can't be that reachy if he can make the spans.

Sinister Dane 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c  NM : Socorro Area : ... : Filet de Papillon Wall AKA ...
This is likely the longest hard sport route at Socorro. I've heard that this is also the best hard sport route, though this is the only hard route I've done here. The route is surprisingly good. The rock looks like choss both from afar, and up close, and the quantity of glue certainly makes you wonder, but I found the rock to be very solid, and enjoyable. If you want juggy thuggery this is not the place for you. Once past the initial boulder problem this route is crimping paradise.The route...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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Topo map of Socorro Box walls and bouldering areas.
BETA PHOTO: Topo map of Socorro Box walls and bouldering areas...
Who says you can't climb in the rain, Linda W. trying to top out in a light rain. She climbs so slow that it was sunny when she started ;)
Who says you can't climb in the rain, Linda W. try...
"Getting Fresh With Patty", Box Canyon
"Getting Fresh With Patty", Box Canyon

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By Apomo
Apr 14, 2013
According to local news, a rabid fox attacked and infected a dog in this area. Please keep an eye on your pets while at the crag...
Map indicating rabies incident.
Map indicating rabies incident.
By Justin678
Jun 20, 2007
Box canyon also has some great for boudlering too. There are 4 great boulders right be the parking area and if you walk down the streambed there is a small wall that has some great boudlering problems. I dont know the name of the boulders and what the grades are at this time. If I happen to find out then I will post that info on this site.