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Winter Heat Wall 
Yin and Yang Cliff 

Calico Basin Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Calico Basin has a wide variety of short routes. There is a mixture of trad and sport climbs. Calico Basin is a residential area, so climbers should be careful to avoid disturbing the people who live there. At the time of this writing (2005) there is a good deal of construction going on here, so be prepared to be adaptable as regards parking areas and approach walks.

Getting There 

Drive west on Charleston. About 2 miles before you get to the main scenic loop road, there is a turnoff to the right for Calico Basin. It is clearly marked. Please obey all parking signs. Fines for illegal parking are a hefty $275!

Climbing Season



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324 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',105],['2 Stars',142],['1 Star',45],['Bomb',7]
['<=5.6',30],['5.7',26],['5.8',31],['5.9',45],['5.10',72],['5.11',70],['5.12',41],['5.13',4],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',2],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Calico Basin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Calico Basin:
The Dirty Rail   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Calico Basin Boulders : The Dirty Rail Area
Physical Graffiti   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 290'   Riding Hood Wall
Valentine's Day   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 100'   Moderate Mecca
Could'nt be Schmooter   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Winter Heat Wall
Big Bad Wolf   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 220'   Riding Hood Wall
Atman   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Yin and Yang Cliff
The Fox   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   The Fox Area
Yin and Yang   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 40'   Yin and Yang Cliff
Lunatic   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   The Fringe
Caustic Cock   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Cannibal Crag
Mr Choad's Wild Ride   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   Sunny and Steep
Winter Heat   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Winter Heat Wall
Sunny and Steep   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Sunny and Steep
Synapse Collapse   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Cannabis Crag
Steep Thrills   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Sunny and Steep
Gimme Back My Bullets   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Sunny and Steep
The Prophet   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Alternative Crag
New Wave Hookers   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 40'   Cannibal Crag
Hotline   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Alternative Crag
Nirvana   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 70'   Alternative Crag
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Rock Climbing Photo: Above the initial roofs on the Tour.

Tour de Pump 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  NV : Red Rock : ... : Sunny and Steep
Overhanging face which climbs out a series of roofs before the crux and up the head wall. The climbing is not straight forward as you use slopers, pockets, edges, and heel hooks....[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

Photos of Calico Basin Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Calico Basin.  Photo by Blitzo.
Calico Basin. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: C-mon, C-Mon...You got it, you got it!  A Chuckwal...
C-mon, C-Mon...You got it, you got it! A Chuckwal...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sport climb at Calico Basin, not sure what the nam...
Sport climb at Calico Basin, not sure what the nam...
Rock Climbing Photo: These guys can live 100 years and can survive drin...
These guys can live 100 years and can survive drin...
Rock Climbing Photo: A sun shower on the Calico hills
A sun shower on the Calico hills
Rock Climbing Photo: Calico Basin
Calico Basin
Rock Climbing Photo: Colorful Banding at Calico Basin, Red Rocks, NV
Colorful Banding at Calico Basin, Red Rocks, NV
Rock Climbing Photo: Calico Basin at Night
Calico Basin at Night
Rock Climbing Photo: Native Mojave yucca (Yucca shidigera).
Native Mojave yucca (Yucca shidigera).
Rock Climbing Photo: Calico in the snow
Calico in the snow
Rock Climbing Photo: Wetland boardwalk with native Arizona ash trees (F...
Wetland boardwalk with native Arizona ash trees (F...
Rock Climbing Photo: Someones monument left high up in the canyon.  Not...
Someones monument left high up in the canyon. Not...
Rock Climbing Photo: Wetland boardwalk and surrounding area.
Wetland boardwalk and surrounding area.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hiking out of Sunny and Steep overlooking Kraft Bo...
Hiking out of Sunny and Steep overlooking Kraft Bo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Side Effects on the back side of red springs
Side Effects on the back side of red springs
Rock Climbing Photo: Sun going down at Calico Basin, route unknown, gra...
Sun going down at Calico Basin, route unknown, gra...
Rock Climbing Photo: The petrified dunes, Calico Hills. Photo: Bob Hora...
The petrified dunes, Calico Hills. Photo: Bob Hora...
Rock Climbing Photo: Calico Hills covered in an early December snow 09
Calico Hills covered in an early December snow 09
Rock Climbing Photo: Are those ninjas or federally commissioned spies? ...
Are those ninjas or federally commissioned spies? ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Calico at sunset
Calico at sunset
Rock Climbing Photo: Interpretive sign about rock climbing.
Interpretive sign about rock climbing.
Rock Climbing Photo: Red Spring parking Lot.
Red Spring parking Lot.
Rock Climbing Photo: Calico Hills
Calico Hills
Rock Climbing Photo: Calico Basin
Calico Basin

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By rockratrei
From: Las Vegas, NV
Mar 30, 2016
CONDITION REPORT 
$275 ticket for parking last Saturday!
By Jer Alz
From: Las Vegas
Mar 29, 2016
Has anyone gotten a parking ticket for parking at the fence in front of Cannibal crag??
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Mar 29, 2016
Word on the street is that cars are being ticketed for parking in this area as of March 2016. Please contact the Southern Nevada Climbers Coalition if you have any questions or want to help work toward re-opening this area to parking.
By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Mar 29, 2016
Yes, the BLM was out giving tickets this past Saturday. Rationale is that those parking at the corner were often creating a bit of a cluster so that traffic couldn't go through and also that it impeded SAR, per the BLM ranger.

You can park nearby still and it is a negligible increase to the walk to the crags. Not a huge deal, but be mindful that they aren't playing.
By Fogal
From: Lake Forest, CA
Apr 10, 2016
Parked in the parking area that is between red springs area and kraft area, April 2016. We did not get a parking ticket. However, I can see how some people get tickets. There are parking signs which designate where you can and cannot park. When the road dead ends making a 90 degree right turn (which heads towards Kraft mountain parking) look along the 2 wire fence, a sign with arrow designates where you can begin to park, ending at another sign further down the road (going towards Kraft mountain parking) where you can no longer park beyond that point. Park within the arrows and you will NOT get a ticket.

Our car was gone by sundown, so I don't know if you may get a ticket at night, I am assuming it is best to get to the car in Calico Basin by at least the same time designated by BLM for the parking within scenic loop drive (see main RR page for seasonal BLM parking times).

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