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Description 

Beautiful sport climbing on amazing clastic flow (or welded tuff, I am not sure, see the below comment!). In my opinion, this is the best sport climbing in New Mexico. Note that the guidebook that exists for this area is certainly worth the purchase, it has great topos and directions to the climbs and areas.


Keeping Enchanted Tower Clean: PACK OUT YOUR POO! 

This is an important topic that is worthy of discussion with more climbers visiting enchanted tower. The area surrounding enchanted tower is a beautiful one and I'm sure everyone agrees, we would like to keep it that way.

An ever increaing amount of human waste is being found surrounding the camping area and even at the base of the crags (disgusting!). The idea of a pit toilet has been discussed. However, for various reasons, it sounds as if this is currently not an option.

The use of Wag Bags or RestStop2 bags are an ideal solution! Or, and alternative might be a bucket with a lid and plastic kitchen garbage bags. Put the bags in the bucket like you would a regular garbage bin, do your business in the bag, tie it up and put the lid on. You can even add litter or some other liquid absorbing media.

Used Wag Bags or RestStop2 bags can be disposed of with regular trash, such as a dumpster as you pass through Datil on your way back to Albuquerque.

For more on this, please see the discussion below or here:
Enchanted Tower: Are we our own worst enemy?


Getting There 

For many years climbers enjoyed privileged, short and easy access to Thompson Canyon and the Enchanted Tower via a crossing through a private ranch south of the Tower. Unfortunately, continued abuse of this privileged access by both climbers and other land users forced the ranch caretakers to close this access. As of April 2013 the standard access to the Tower is via what used to be known as the "alternative" access. The directions here reflect this new standard.

Standard Access:
Access to the Enchanted Tower is via a long, rough road through Thompson Canyon/Davenport Lookout. High clearance highly recommended. The following directions are provided by Jason Halladay, May 2013.

From the intersection of Highway 60 and Highway 12 in Datil, NM, drive 9 miles west on Highway 60 to a signed turn at the dirt Forest Road 6. Turn right on Forest Road 6 and drive 2.8 miles north on FR6, past the now-defunct Mojave Academy buildings, to Forest Road 59. Use caution on this stretch of road as two new cattle gates have been added as of July 2014. In particular, the first gate, about a quarter mile from highway 60, is a barbed wire and wooden posts gate with no reflectors. It's nearly invisible at night! To this point the road is good dirt road. Turn right on FR 59.

The road quickly gets steeper and rougher as it ascends to the Davenport Lookout. Just before the Davenport Lookout, below a large tower, take the road to the right that quickly descends into Thompson Canyon and turns into Thompson Canyon Road. The distance from FR6 to Thompson Canyon Road is 2.9 miles.

Continue on the occasionally-rough Thompson Canyon Road, past The Land Beyond, for 4.5 miles to The Enchanted Tower area.

From Highway 60 this approach takes 45 to 60 minutes. High clearance is highly recommended. A Subaru Outback or similar will do OK with careful driving.


Previous, privileged access that is no longer open:
This information is left here for historical purposes. As of April 2013 this access is no longer a viable option. Please do not attempt to use this access and further damage the reputation of climbers. This access was lost due to many issues including:

  • Parking on the private land blocking the road maintenance equipment
  • Littering and/or throwing lit cigarette butts onto the grass
  • Breaking down or otherwise seeking assistance from the ranch caretaker at late hours
  • Unattended campfires
  • Accessing forest land during Stage III fire restrictions
  • Shooting at cattle and cutting fences
  • Leaving gates wide open
  • Improper disposal of human waste
  • Wear on the road due to excessive driving speeds on ranch land
  • Arriving after dark despite sign clearly stating no entry after dark

Historical access
Access to Enchanted Tower via the dirt road off HW 60 is granted by the ranch manager and can be revoked! Please be courteous:

PRIVATE ROAD RESTRICTIONS
This road is private property for the next 1.5 miles. Please respect the restrictions below. If you do not, permission to use the road will likely be revoked.

Timing - This road is closed for through traffic at all the following times:
  • [From 1 September to 30 January]
  • All public holidays (including adjacent Mondays and Fridays); and
  • At any time after dark.
  • The owner may temporarily close it at other times. Please respect temporary signs.

Use of road When using the private road:
  • You do so at your own risk. It is not maintained and, for example, is unsuitable for passenger cars.
  • No RVs or other heavy vehicles are permitted.
  • Do not exceed 15 mph.
  • Leave gates as you find them (open or closed).
  • [Remove all waste, including human waste].

If going from Albuquerque, head South on I-25 to Socorro, NM. From there go west on Highway 60 for about about 1 hour. Pass through the town of Datil, continue 5.3 miles (and 0.9 miles past mile marker 73), and turn right past the guardrail.

Go on a dirt road, through the gate, and head past a field to your right and the slope of a mountain on your left.

Continue down the dirt road towards the ranch house, and turn left at the metal gate just before the ranch house. Sign in there. After entering the gate, drive on the dirt road for about ten minutes. The tower will be obvious. There is camping on the left and a day lot to your right, in front of the tower. Out of courtesy to those who are camping, please park in the day lot if you are day tripping.


Crags 

East to West, or right to left as you see them from the road.

- The Giants Molars

- Frog Prince: Many good routes from 5.10b to 5.HARD

- Rapunzel Wall: Nice beginners wall. This and Mother Goose wall are great for beginning leaders. Bolts can be a bit high and the cruxes are at the start.

- The Enchanted Tower: The namesake of the place; beautiful. Routes from 5.11b to 5.13a.

- Humpty Dumpty Wall

- Sleeping Beauty Wall: Nice selection of 10s and 11s.

- Captain Hook's Grotto

- Midnight Pumpkin Wall

- Ugly Duckling Boulder

- Pogue's Cave Area: A number of great 10s and 11s.

- Mother Goose Wall: Largest selection of beginner routes at the tower. Again, a good wall for the aspiring leader.

- Renaissance Wall: Only three routes on this wall, one being the hardest at Datil at 5.13+.

- The Land Beyond: Continue driving down the road to this one. About 1.5 miles west, past the main tower area. A few 10s but a great selection of .11 and .12 routes.


Resources 

- The Enchanted Tower-Pockets Full O' Fun by Eric Fazio-Rhicard & Guy Agee (2003, E Squared Enterprises)
- Online Guide:
www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Trails/9507/tower.htm
- Dr. Topo also has an online PDF guidebook. Go into the website (www.drtopo.com/) and go into the miniguides section, and click on New Mexico.
alpha.drtopo.com/north-america/united-states/new-mexico/ench>>>
- Rock Climbing: New Mexico by Dennis Jackson
- Cibola National Forest updates and closure notices (Look for Magdalena Ranger District information for the Enchanted Tower)


Climbing Season


126 Total Routes


['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',36],['2 Stars',56],['1 Star',23],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',4],['5.8',4],['5.9',8],['5.10',27],['5.11',44],['5.12',29],['5.13',6],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Enchanted Tower:
Freddie Prince Jr   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   Frog Prince
Cheshire Cat   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Sleeping Beauty Wall
Tarred and Feathered   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   Sleeping Beauty Wall
Ooey Gooey   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   Pogue's Cave Area
Pogue's Arete   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   Pogue's Cave Area
Grendel   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 80'   The Enchanted Tower : North (Left) Face
Sleeping Beauty   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Sleeping Beauty Wall
Once Upon a Time   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Enchanted Tower : North (Left) Face
Golden Stairs   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   The Enchanted Tower : South/Southeast (Right) Fac...
Flotsam & Jetsam   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   The Enchanted Tower : South/Southeast (Right) Fac...
Technowitch   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Enchanted Tower : North (Left) Face
Rumplestiltskin   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   The Enchanted Tower : North (Left) Face
Never Never Land   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Pogue's Cave Area
Jabberwocky   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 95'   The Enchanted Tower : North (Left) Face
The Hunting of the Snark   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 110'   The Enchanted Tower : West (Center) Face
Through the Looking Glass   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Frog Prince
Zee Wicked Witch   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   The Enchanted Tower : West (Center) Face
Shipwrecked   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 80'   The Enchanted Tower : South/Southeast (Right) Fac...
Ripped Van Winkle   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   The Enchanted Tower : West (Center) Face
Goliath   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 110'   The Enchanted Tower : South/Southeast (Right) Fac...
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Featured Route For Enchanted Tower
DTP sending his last remaining route on the Tower: <a href='/v/ripped-van-winkle/105895544'>Ripped Van Winkle</a> Sept. 20, 2008.

Ripped Van Winkle 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  NM : Enchanted Tower : ... : West (Center) Face
This fine line spawned the now classic, and much more popular Goliath. This was the original line up the Towers prominent prow, turning left around the arete at the midway anchors, and continuing to the top along the golden NW face just left of the hanging arete (the upper half of ZWW).Now largely ignored, this route makes a great victory lap for those who have sent Goliath, but its also a great route in its own right, and would make an excellent stepping stone for those intent on ticking his m...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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Omar the ring-tailed cat checks out the action on the Tower. July 2012.
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Tony on the Tower.
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A view of the Tower from the road
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The creatively-named "Very Large Array" near Datil, NM
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Fall colors of the grass at the Enchanted Tower. September 2013.
Fall colors of the grass at the Enchanted Tower. S...
Responsible and respectful human waste management at the Tower. Please, pack out your poo. This past weekend we watched a huge party roll up and scatter to the trees. One woman went six feet from the trail and dropped a dooker on the surface and left her used TP on the pile too. This is completely irresponsible and disrespectful to this amazing place.
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By Jason Halladay
Administrator
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jul 21, 2014
CONDITION REPORT 

Use caution on the dirt FS road 6 as two new cattle gates have been added as of July 2014. In particular, the first gate, about a quarter mile from highway 60, is a barbed wire and wooden posts gate with no reflectors. It's nearly invisible at night and on a stretch of road where most are used to driving fast.

By WSnyder
Mar 10, 2006

In a conversation with Adam Read (Tower first acensionist and geologist at NM Tech) Adam stated that The Tower is actually a clastic flow and not welded tuff. I write this just for info and not to argue anything. Maybe if Adam ever reads this he can comment further.

By Monomaniac
Administrator
From: Morrison, CO
Jan 30, 2007

Anyone been out to the tower recently? I'm curious about the road conditions with respect to all of the snow we've gotten.

Thanks

By Steven Crisp
Dec 11, 2008

My buddy and I took a spring break tour down south with the intentions of going to Mexico. We took a wrong turn at Albuquerque, and ended up in enchanted tower. Some of the coolest pockets, crappy road entry, and a New Mexico sunset kept us there for another week...Worth every second of it. The caves are rifle like but not rifle grade. Very few people and a lot more routes to be discovered but not bolted. Amazing!

By Devin C.
Dec 17, 2008

I was wondering if anyone climbs here during the winter months. I saw that is at 8000 ft I'm looking at hitting this place up in mid january but with all the snow lately Im kinda worried if its worth it?

By Jason Halladay
Administrator
From: Los Alamos, NM
Dec 18, 2008

Hey Devin, I've not heard of anyone climbing here in winter. In a typical winter you'd probably need to snowshoe or ski on the road beyond the ranch house. I'm not sure about this but it certainly wouldn't surprise me. Then, of course, that would lead to parking near the ranch house which wouldn't be cool with the owners.
Also, the routes generally face west which would mean some very chilly climbing for much of the day until the sun came around.
If you're in the area in January, the climbing closer to The Box climbing areas would be a much better bet.
That said, I live quite far north from the Tower so I'm by no means an expert.

By Devin C.
Dec 18, 2008

Thanks for the info Jason. I'm also from Los, but go to school in las Cruces so I was hoping to hit up the tower on my way down in jan. but Soccoro probably would be a safer bet. Hopefully the snow will clear enough that i can climb a bit while I'm up here.

By blake622000
Jul 9, 2009

I called the number listed above(520-326-1449) to see about the gate code,this isn't the number to stoneage gym, its to the lady who publishes the datil guide. She said there isn't a lock onthe gate anymore.

By Jason Hundhausen
From: Bozeman, MT
Aug 17, 2009

augie: Could not agree with you more. TP is all over the place. At a very minimum, dig deep and burn the TP (make sure the fire's OUT!) or, an even better solution is to bring Wag Bags and take it out with you - there are tons of nice, convenient trash bins on the highway back to Magdalena to drop it off in. See this discussion for more: Enchanted Tower: Are we our own worst enemy?

By Anthony Stout
Administrator
From: Albuquerque, NM
Aug 19, 2009

This is a good and necessary discussion.

The idea of wag bags = a good one in my opinion. When I get around to it, I will include a link to this discussion and add some comments to the area description.

By Jason Halladay
Administrator
From: Los Alamos, NM
Aug 19, 2009

Great idea about adding some info to the main page about Wag Bags and/or Restop 2 bags, Anthony. I never go to the Tower without them and bring enough for my friends. Super convenient to use (easier than any other option, really) and there is a public dumpsters area right in Datil so there's really no reason to not use these there. Let's spread the word and encourage the use of these bags at ET.

By Jason Hundhausen
From: Bozeman, MT
Aug 20, 2009

I would like to think that most (some?) people that climb at the Tower are interested in keeping it clean. WagBags/RestStop2 bags are an ideal solution - aside from the expense and having to go purchase them, which may deter some. For those not up to such a monumental challenge, an alternative is to use a bucket (2-gallon?) with a lid and plastic kitchen garbage bags. Put the bags in the bucket like you would a regular garbage bin, do your bizness in the bag, tie it up and put the lid on. You can even add litter or some other liquid absorbing media to the bag if you're wanting to get fancy, or just do that half outside the bucket. Works like a charm and sitting on the bucket can be pretty comfy for the more enduring (pumpy, in climber terms) efforts...

By A.S..
Sep 2, 2009

Thanks Jason, perhaps that information on the introduction page will help. I think donated wag bags would help too. ON another note, perhaps we could encourage people to camp at the datil well campgound as well? I know this has become the preferable alternative to some ABQ climbers and it makes some sense. The toilets are already there and they are only 15 minutes away. Maybe a mention of this in the intro as well. I am sure that some people would rather do this than pack out their poo. Or at least I hope so.

By Tom R
From: Denver, CO
Sep 4, 2009

Just went and bought one of these ( www.cabelas.com/p-0009518.shtml ) for my trip to ET. Cheap and simple.

By Anthony Stout
Administrator
From: Albuquerque, NM
Sep 4, 2009

Augie - Probably not. I would much rather camp at the tower campground than at Datil well, as I am sure the majority of climbers would as well. Nothing like being right at the crag when you wake up in the morning. There are few places that is an option.

If you have never used one of those wag bags it's really not all that bad. Seriously. Everything is quite contained. I recommend giving it a whorl.

Tom brought up another good option, the luggable loo. It's a 5 gallon bucket with a lid on it. I also found that you can pick up bags for it at Wall-Mart. They can go into the trash can on your way home. The nice thing is it's all contained into a bucket and you just dump the bucket out.

By Tom R
From: Denver, CO
Sep 7, 2009

Just gave the Luggable Loo it's maiden voyage to the Tower. I wish I had bought one of these years ago. It's more comfortable than squatting and more convenient than digging a hole. The lid snaps down to hold a wag bag firmly in place and the bag is easy to change. I paid $16 for the bucket and lid. Bags are a bit expensive ($2.95), but they are biodegradable. I plan on putting a sicker on "Lou" (I've named him) from everywhere he goes, but I could not find any stickers in Datil or Magdalena. If anyone knows of a sticker representing the area, I would love to get a hold of one.

By dnoB ekiM
Sep 18, 2009

What is the "Season" a the tower? It is not noted above.

By Dave Wachter
Sep 19, 2009

Season is all through the fall and spring. Particularly good in the fall, when temps are perfect, winds low, and leaves turning.Fall's particulaly good for sending.

By LeeAB
Administrator
From: ABQ, NM
Nov 16, 2009

Depending on the weather Datil could be good, though you will want to climb in the sun for sure. Remember that Datil is somewhere around 8,000 feet, but if the sun is out and the wind is calm.

I know people who have climbed at the tower in December but it is more of a local thing since you can just go when the weather allows. You would definitely be taking a chance with a road trip in November. Also most routes only receive afternoon sun, so unless you are wanting to get on the two routes on the Renissance wall your days will be short.

If you do go I would recommend being willing to move to Socorro, Alamogordo (Tunnel) or Last Chance where it is easier to climb in the sun.

By Willie Mitchel
Mar 18, 2010

I read the mention of packing out waste and thought id share a product I use. Its called a Biffy Bag and it is far superior to the Wag Bag and Reststop systems. It does not require a bucket or commode and comes with everything you need in a little package. It has a triple sealed puncture proof containment bag which prevents all odor and chance of leaking. WONDERFUL product I recommend to everyone. The rammifications of human waste are seriously effecting these beautiful areas we love so much so I ask everyone to address this matter more seriously.

By Tim Kuss
From: Durango, CO
May 1, 2011

Just wondering if anyone more local to the Tower than me has considered replacing all the time bomb bolts and hangers that exist on nearly every route there? Beware. Many recalled SMC hangers. Many lower grade Redhed style bolts. Rusty. Crap. Never mind the missing hanger on Rumplestiltskin.

By J. Albers
From: Colorado
May 2, 2011

I would second Tim Kuss' comment about hardware updates. I noticed more than a few bolts (on Shipwrecked for e.g.) that are from the mid-nineties and should really be replaced.

By Lowell
From: El Paso, Texas USA
May 10, 2011

I HAD A BLAST....but

I wasn't impressed with the 30 year old SMC bolt hangers. Also clipped some odd questionable chains with hundreds of rusted washers and lowering on a single ancient carabiner is so 1980's.

I'd be willing on donating hangers etc. to locals if need be. I'll even help do the work. This place is so cool it needs attention.

By Bob Broilo
From: Socorro, NM
May 13, 2011

Regarding the hardware, there was a motivated local named James Hunter who was doing updates. He was focused on the anchors and fixed many of the sketchy older jobs. He has since moved away. Getting replacement gear is not a problem. The motivation to fight the crowds at the tower for the same old routes when there is so much other stuff to do, is. For the Socorro folks anyway. Also there is the ongoing effort to mitigate the effects of the many people who camp and poop there, which also generates many complaints from visitors. Why so many people need to drive onto the virgin grass and make a new fire ring, I will never understand.

Back on subject. The tower rock is soft and I imagine some of those old, small bolts are beginning to get weak. Especially those at odd angles near cruxes (for example, i wonder about that second bolt on Blessed and Blissed when I see a dozen falls on it a day, that would be a grounder).

I work a few minutes away and sometimes go to the tower on weeknights after work. It is usually much less crowded then. I lack a drill and experience though. So I will try to drag the guy who has been updating hardware at Box out and maybe we can fix some of this stuff. I have a few routes left to redpoint there.

The main problem at the moment is the impending temporary forest closures due to fire danger. Cibola NF now at Stage II restrictions, so hope for rain!

By ted geving
May 24, 2011

I did not realized a majority of the routes needed some anchor replacement until friend told me the crux bolt for red/white queen is hanging out of the rock partially. Last time was at the Tower was the early 90's.

After having talked with people who have way more bolting experience than I do, it is my understanding that the Glue-ins are the best option for anchor replacement.

Not sure how much time and money I have got to contribute to this over the summer as I am already committed to other activities. I could loan out a my turbo charged hilti to a responsible and motivated individual as all it is doing is collecting dust right now.

By Tashauna
Oct 14, 2011

Is the gate open to the tower still as of 10/13/2011?

By Bryan Pletta
Nov 3, 2011

The last I heard in early October was that there was a closure sign on the road. If the road is posted as closed, please respect the closure and use the Davenport Canyon access. NM CRAG and the Access Fund are currently in discussions with the landowner to clarify the landowners intention with regards to access through Thompson Canyon and will post details here once final word is received from the ranch owners.

By Peter Olson
From: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Apr 23, 2012

Is the gate open? Has anybody been to the Tower in the last couple days?

By Joseph M.
From: Tucson, AZ
Aug 22, 2012

I am planning on heading out to the tower for Labor Day Weekend. Will the gate be open or should I plan to access the canyon through the other road? Thanks for the help!

By LeeAB
Administrator
From: ABQ, NM
Aug 23, 2012

You should plan on going the other way since the request of the land owner is that it be closed between September 1st and January 30th. Even if the gate is unlocked you should still go around, remember there are people living there as well and they don't want to always have to be locking and unlocking the gate to get in and out themselves. So just because the gate is unlocked does not mean that it is open and if you go in that way and expect to get out you may find it locked on your way out.

By Mark J
Mar 24, 2013

Any new word on access March 2013?

By the schmuck
From: Albuquerque, NM
Mar 30, 2013

My understanding that the access road is no longer open. We were there 3 weeks ago, and the gate was unlocked. A friend went by last week, and the gate was locked. When I called the gym and asked about the situation, I was informed that the gate is indeed permanently closed, but may be ocassionaly open at the owners' whim.

By Curran
Apr 29, 2013

Found a grey/black duffle bag with wheels sitting on the side of the dirt road this weekend (4/28/13). It had one pocket open with a few things scattered, it appeared to have fallen off or out of a vehicle. It has women's clothing and other stuff in it. If you are missing your bag let me know and you can pick it up at Stone Age Climbing Gym. If you're not in ABQ you can call the gym and ask for me and we can arrange shipping. (505) 341-2016

By sbelley
Jun 9, 2013

A set of keys were accidentally left at the campsite directly across from the main trail head. They have a purple carabiner, Ford car key, and a green turtle bottle opener. I'd appreciate it if anyone headed there in the near future could take a look for them and email me if found. Shelley.Leiphart@gmail.com Thanks!!

By John Gregory
Oct 23, 2013

Hello every body my name is john/chain i grew up right there in datil i was piddling ran all thru 'mushroom mountain' as phylicyban mushrooms grow so abundantly there i had many many nights of running amuck and for that i l had to leave my buddys and i were great climbers i was young and spending money on wring things so i never bough gear i am planning on heading up there pretty sure we got more coverage on that 20 mile ratius will get pics/gps locations sooner ir later when i fund up if i know what needed ps try leading unknown on renaissance with left hand

By David Sahalie
From: on the road again
Oct 23, 2013

^ best MP post ever! All the surface turds from AZ gym climbers are a ripe environment for Shrooms, but will I start voting republican and kicking out 'illegals' if I eat them?

By Owen Summerscales
From: Los Alamos, NM
Nov 15, 2013

I dont say this very often, but... lol

By Anthony Stout
Administrator
From: Albuquerque, NM
Feb 12, 2014

Wow! Now that is a gem. A Keeper for sure!

By Allison M
From: Denver, CO
Mar 7, 2014

These two smarty pants decided to hike in from 59. Our road tripping car definitely doesn't qualify as high clearance and we NEEDED to see what Enchanted Tower was all about. The hike is about 15 miles and 6 hours round trip. Do I regret it? No. Would I do it again? No. Well.. maybe. Enchanted Tower is stelllar! Seroiusly, that road is rough. Don't consider driving in unless you have a car that can take it.

By Jason Halladay
Administrator
From: Los Alamos, NM
Mar 7, 2014

Allison M wrote:
These two smarty pants decided to hike in from 59. Our road tripping car definitely doesn't qualify as high clearance and we NEEDED to see what Enchanted Tower was all about. The hike is about 15 miles and 6 hours round trip. Do I regret it? No. Would I do it again? No. Well.. maybe. Enchanted Tower is stelllar! Seroiusly, that road is rough. Don't consider driving in unless you have a car that can take it.
I love the dedication! Was the road snowy or is it passable right now (with 4x4 of course)? I've measured the distance from the highway to the Tower at 10.5 miles. Alternatively, I've hiked over the ridge between the highway and the Tower and it's roughly two miles and takes about an hour.

By John Tex
From: My camper, CO
Mar 15, 2014

How much snow is there in March, if any at all?

By Jake Mortensen
From: Albuquerque, NM
Mar 15, 2014

Is it possible to park outside the ranchers gate and hike in on his land if it is done quietly during the day? I am trying to find alternatives to hiking the forest road because my car cannot handle four wheel and I don't think my girlfriend would appreciate a 16 mile backpack trip on the forest road. Please let me know if you have had any luck hiking in on the ranchers land.

By LeeAB
Administrator
From: ABQ, NM
Mar 16, 2014

Jake, see Jason's comment two above yours. In addition to Jason I know of at least two other people that have gone this way. You will need to do some research though to figure out where to park and where to hike over the ridge. If I'm not mistaken you will want to head for the side valley that the Renaissance wall is in. Maybe Jason can provide some clarification.

By David Sahalie
From: on the road again
Mar 17, 2014

Do not cross into rancher property on foot. The rancher has a fence. Walk fence parallel to the road, continue with fence on right hand side until you reach the dirt road. If the Forest Disservice would simply cut a 1/4 mile road doing just this, there wouldnt be an issue.

By Jason Halladay
Administrator
From: Los Alamos, NM
Mar 19, 2014

John Tex wrote:
How much snow is there in March, if any at all?

John, I'm far from a local but knowing NM winters, the March snowpack will vary. This year I'm guessing there's little snow in the area now. The north-facing slopes will likely retain snow into April but all other aspects ought to be pretty dry. The long road in is in some narrow canyon spots at times so my educated guess is it's kinda sloppy and/or icy in spots into April. Hopefully someone more local will chime in if they know conditions.

Jake, Re: hiking in via rancher's land, don't do it please. That's blatant trespassing. I sent you a PM with some additional information and ideas for access via public land.

By Jason Hebert
From: Socorro, New Mexico
Mar 21, 2014

We have hiked in before, about an hour each way. Park on the forest service road that you would take to drive around (can't remember the name) just past the cattle guard. If you hike over the saddle just to the east of there and drop down the other side it puts you in the upper end of the side canyon that drops down to Renaissance wall. Not a bad hike really, but I hate hiking.

By sant
Mar 26, 2014

thinking of heading in this coming weekend...any info on the road conditions would be greatly appreciated!