Dead Cholla Wall Rock Climbing
Great views of the Taos area Sangres. Vallecito pe...
Lots of sun early as the crag faces East. Plenty of shade later. It can get a little chilly on nights in the winter. Most of the routes have chains at the top which can be reached to set up top ropes. Many fantastic lines are on this quality wall. A great mix of splitters and sport climbs as well. Almost all the routes are in the 10-12 range.
From the south side of town, drive south on 68 to Pilar, please watch your speed in town. Turn north west at Pilar toward the campgrounds of Orilla Verde Recreation area and drive over the bridge across the Rio Grande and up the other side of the gorge. Once you hit the paved road, take your 1st right that will take you over to the trailhead to park. Then hike down about 300 yards and you will be over the top of the crag.
From the North side of town, take 64 toward Tres Piedras. Just after you cross the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and the rest area on the left, take your first left, past the community well building. This road used to be a washboard of tooth-rattling madness (now paved). This road ens at a stop sign, turn left toward the gorge. Then continue south and look to the left for the turn off to the trailhead, there is a sign for Dead Cholla under the BLM sign. If the pavement ends, just turn around and take your first right. The parking area can be seen for the sat shot. Guide Service
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Weather station 9.8 miles from here
25 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Dead Cholla Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dead Cholla Wall:
Fun 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, 50'
Jam Time 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Esmerelda 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, 70'
Featured Route For Dead Cholla Wall
Twisted Feet 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c NM
: Taos Area
: Dead Cholla Wall
Mindtwisting stemming up an interesting right-facing dihedral with fun moves the whole way. Sustained in its technical difficulty. Opinions may vary on where the crux is: at the 2nd bolt, or maybe committing moves at the top? More of a mental puzzle than anything else, but quite fun....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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From: Phoenix, AZ
Aug 15, 2012
Had three different peaceful, but short afternoon sessions out here and never saw a soul. What a great crag with such gorgeous views and such an unbelievably nice approach, from the short drive to the short walk. Will be great to get back here and get on some of the nice lines that I missed. Fun, short, and thoughtful climbing. Cool to see that there's this whole canyon full of relatively undeveloped basalt all within striking distance!