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
337 Total Routes
['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',94],['2 Stars',110],['1 Star',108],['Bomb',4]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Las Cruces Area Climbing:
Featured Route For Las Cruces Area Climbing
Tooth Extraction 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b NM
: Organ Mountains
: ... : The Tooth
This climb seeks out the obvious left-facing dihedral on the right side of the clean face on the Tooth. The climbing is more physical and burlier than that of the other routes, but is high quality nonetheless.Pitch 1. Climb the thin crack below the triangular roof, clip bolt, and traverse right to a 1-bolt (+your own gear) belay at the corner of the roof. (5.8) This pitch is the same as the start of Tooth Fairy and Tooth or Consequences, and a couple of other variations exist too (a 5.8+ R ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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