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.
Las Cruces is at the cross-roads between I-10 and I-25.
Weather station 1.2 miles from here
331 Total Routes
['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',95],['2 Stars',103],['1 Star',110],['Bomb',4]
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The West Ridge 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b NM
: Organ Mountains
: ... : The Wedge
This climb can be done in 3-5 pitches, depending on the comfort level of the climbers. The ridge breaks itself up nicely into several shoulders which make ideal and stunning belay ledges. The start can easily be picked out from afar by noting two huge parallel grooves about halfway up the west ridge.P1: 5.6-5.7. Climb up a corner system to the north of the two grooves. There is some vegetation here, as well as loose blocks. Stretching a 60m rope to its maximum allows you to reach a nice belay st...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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