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Description 

The second largest city in New Mexico after Albuquerque. Located way down by the Texas and Mexico border. Very mild winters means rock climbing year round, as long as you think climbing in intense desert heat is feasible.

Areas around Las Cruces include:
The Organ Mountains, a jagged ridge of rugged peaks. It's got a bit of everything, from bouldering at Pena Blanca, to drive-up cragging at La Cueva or high adventurous peaks along the rocky spine which distinguishes Las Cruces' sky-line.

The Dona Ana Mountains are granitic mountains just north of town. Multi-pitch trad routes and bouldering abound here.

Rough and Ready Hills are the locals sport crag. About twenty routes on a short volcanic cliff-band west of the city.

As for climbing services: NMSU has a small climbing wall and gear shop and the Bike Store, Outdoor Adventures has a small selection of climbing gear.

Getting There 

Las Cruces is at the cross-roads between I-10 and I-25.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.2 miles from here

365 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Las Cruces Area Climbing

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Las Cruces Area Climbing:
White Lightning   V2 5+     Boulder   The Volcano : The Rave
Boyer's Chute   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 5 pitches, 800'   Rabbit Ears Area : North Rabbit Ear
North Face   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, 9 pitches, 1800'   Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf
West Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 650'   Rabbit Ears Area : The Citadel
Cross-trainer   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 600'   Dona Ana Mountains : Checkerboard Wall
The West Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   The High Horns : The Wedge
Left Eyebrow   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 9 pitches   Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf
First Move   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Rough and Ready Hills : Original Area
Deer Leg   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Rough and Ready Hills : North End routes
Gertch's Folly   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   The Low Horns : Gertch
Black Velvet   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Rabbit Ears Area : Southern Comfort Wall
Shillelagh   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 800'   The High Horns : The Wedge
Tooth or Consequences   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 550'   The High Horns : The Tooth
Tooth Fairy   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   The High Horns : The Tooth
Reddi-Wip   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 55'   Rough and Ready Hills : Reddi-Wip Area
Tooth Extraction   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   The High Horns : The Tooth
Halitosis Monkey   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 35'   Rough and Ready Hills : Original Area
El Diablo   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     TR, 50'   The Garden : El Diablo Spire
Science Friction (to Left Eyebrow)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 9 pitches, 800'   Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf
Unnamed Arete   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Rough and Ready Hills : Original Area
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Featured Route For Las Cruces Area Climbing
Rock Climbing Photo: North Face route. Photo litld01.

North Face 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b NM : Organ Mountains : ... : Sugarloaf
The impressive and long North face of Sugarloaf attracts climbers like no other formation in the Organs. This route makes the most of the long continuous North face, climbing anywhere from 9 do 11 pitches to reach the summit. Trying to describe each pitch in details not really in the spirit of the climb, as there are as many variations as pitches. At the same time getting off-route on these hard-to-protect slabs can spell some bad situations. After much soul searching, I decided to include a det...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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