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High Desert Trail System, 3rd and 2nd Mesa Loop
Amazing desert singletrack riding with great, bizarre features. Near Gallup, New Mexico
3rd Mesa Loop
Simply amazing singletrack in a high desert setting. Near Gallup, New Mexico
Middle loop
The middle loop of the High Desert trail system. Near Gallup, New Mexico
2nd Mesa Loop
Twisting singletrack around the middle mesa. Near Gallup, New Mexico
Quasimodo Trail
Maybe the most challenging trail in the McGaffey area, a favorite of hard men/women. Near Church Rock, New Mexico
Plush Trail
Ponderosa forest flow at its best! Near Church Rock, New Mexico
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Gallup Area Rock Climbing 

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A number of sandstone areas can be found in western New Mexico, in the region near Gallup and Grants.

Of these, the sandstone sport climbing of Mentmore is perhaps best known. Mentmore is a popular stopover for those passing through this section of the state, and is popular among the few devoted local climbers who live in this region.

More adventurous climbing can be found in this area too. Church Rock near Gallup is a scenic sandstone spire.

Getting There 

Gallup is 2 hours west of Albuquerque on I-40; or East from Arizona it's about 2.5-3 hrs from Flag to Gallup.


A common question about climbing at Mentmore is: where do I stay?

One option is one of the numerous cheap hotels in Gallup (but be careful if you do this, there are some sketchy looking ones as well).

Some have also stayed right there at the crag. It's not the greatest environment but I have never heard of anyone being harassed. Don't be too surprised though, if someone comes in to illegally unload a pile of trash.

The best option for camping is, as written in one of the comments below, to stay in the McGaffee forest just east of Gallup. From Mentmore, get back onto I-40 and head east. Drive back through Gallup and then about 10 minutes east of Gallup take the McGaffee exit. Turn south and continue driving past Ft. Windgate. When you get into the forest there are plenty of roads to turn off onto that provide great primitive camping in a beautiful ponderosa forest.

If you just happened to bring a mountain bike, there is really great mountain biking in the forest as well.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.8 miles from here

96 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',33],['2 Stars',41],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Gallup Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gallup Area:
Flakes Don't Fail Me Now   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   New Side : (03) Wall of Dreams
Cameron's Coming   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport   New Side : (02) The Corridor
Thing 1   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   New Side : The Monolith
Sink or Swim   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport   New Side : (03) Wall of Dreams
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Featured Route For Gallup Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Tony climbing Cameron's Coming.

Cameron's Coming 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  NM : Gallup Area : ... : (02) The Corridor
Excellent rock, and an excellent climb, a Mentmore classic. This is surly one of the BEST 5.10s at mentmore....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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