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Description 

The rock formations in Navajolands are some of the most unique and beautiful formations in the world. This is an area which is full of beauty, mystery, and discovery. It is a quiet peaceful area, yet one of excitement and thrills. It is one of the most awesome places on earth. Navajolands has Shiprock, which was North American's number one climbing objective back it the day. It has The Totem Pole, which is the tallest skinniest spire in the world. It has Spyder Rock, one of the tallest spires in North America (along with The Titan), and it has Cleopatra's Needle, the skinniest spire on the planet. These wonderful spires are a climber's dream, and there are countless other spires to challenge the mind and the skills of climbers. Unfortunately, there is presently a ban on all climbing on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Although only Shiprock and Spyder Rock are the only "official"sacred rocks , the Navajos have chosen , presently, to ban all climbing. These routes are only listed for historical purposes.

Getting There 

Navajolands is located in the 4 corners area of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. It is over 25,000 square miles of land.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.5 miles from here

39 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',32],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',3],['5.8',7],['5.9',10],['5.10',18],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['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 Navajolands:
Cleopatra's Needle, East Face   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A3     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 275'   Cleopatra's Needle Area
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Dave Evans on the Pole. <br />Photo by Todd Gordon.

Totem Pole 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A2  AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : Monument Valley
The Totem Pole is the tallest , skinniest spire on the planet. Pitch one; goes up a left slanting aid crack. This is followed by the wide section. There was a fixed block of wood part way up, and then you need either VERY large cams or those super large big Bros....or I used large cams and small sections of 2" by 4" blocks of wood side by side to aid off of (2 in a row)....the first one was one cam and one block of wood..the 2nd being one cam and 2 blocks of wood....(It works@SEMI...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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The Totem Pole at sunrise.
The Totem Pole at sunrise.
Welcome to Navajoland. Photo: Todd Gordon
Welcome to Navajoland. Photo: Todd Gordon
Todd Gordon residence, Lukaichukai, AZ. <br />Photo by Todd Gordon.
Todd Gordon residence, Lukaichukai, AZ.
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Owl Tower in Mt. Agathala area. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Owl Tower in Mt. Agathala area.
Photo by Blitzo.
Home sweet home.  Lukachukai, Ariz.  photo;  Todd Gordon
Home sweet home. Lukachukai, Ariz. photo@SEMICOL...
Wupatki National Monument. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Wupatki National Monument.
Photo by Blitzo.
Agathalon area. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Agathalon area.
Photo by Blitzo.
John Duran bouldering on the Dine' lands.
John Duran bouldering on the Dine' lands.
Brandy Johnson on a 5.10b, Pinon, AZ.
Brandy Johnson on a 5.10b, Pinon, AZ.
The fertile land that our Government left our Native Americans. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
The fertile land that our Government left our Nati...
Agathalan. Seen in the movie "Easy Rider". <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Agathalan. Seen in the movie "Easy Rider".
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Ruins. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Ruins.
Photo by Blitzo.
Local hopefuls, Lukachukai, Ariz.  Photo;  Todd Gordon
Local hopefuls, Lukachukai, Ariz. Photo@SEMICOLON...
Curios shops are quite common. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Curios shops are quite common.
Photo by Blitzo.
John Duran on a 5.10a in Pinon, AZ.
John Duran on a 5.10a in Pinon, AZ.
Petroglyphs and modern day defacement. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Petroglyphs and modern day defacement.
Photo by Bl...
Humm! <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Humm!
Photo by Blitzo.

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By John J. Glime
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 22, 2007
For arguments sake, should this area be listed in the "International" section? Is it on U.S. land or not? I always thought not. Just curious.
By toddgordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
May 22, 2007
The Navajo Tribe have their own leaders, laws, rules, language, religion. We already have the Indian Gambling;...I'm waiting for the legalized marajuana and prostitution......make some real money...
By Blitzo
May 24, 2007
Alcohol is illegal on the reservation.
By Tavis Ricksecker
From: Bishop, ca
May 25, 2007
That never stopped anyone from drinking it, though.
By Aerili
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 25, 2007
I thought I read recently that, despite the ban on climbing here, the way Navajo rules work is that as long as you get permission from the landowner, you can climb. What they don't appreciate is climbers just coming onto their land and recreating on it without saying hello, how are you, can I climb here. (Hence maybe why the ban occurred in the first place?)

I believe I read this in a dude's account of climbing Venus Needle in the last few years--after getting the landowner's permission to do so.
By toddgordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
May 25, 2007
Most Navajo have never heard of a rock climbing ban on the Reservation. If you go climbing outside of The Tribal Loop, Shiprock, and Spider Rock, you are just another soul out cruising around the Res.
By Anthony Stout
Administrator
From: Albuquerque, NM
May 10, 2008
John J. Glime wrote:
For arguments sake, should this area be listed in the "International" section? Is it on U.S. land or not? I always thought not. Just curious.


Tribes are still part of the US and must abide by national law. However, they are not bound to the laws of the states they exist in.
By Quentin Tutt
From: Window Rock, AZ
Apr 1, 2009
Yaa'eh t'eeh (yah-ah-eh-teh-EH)Hello. My name is Quentin and I am full blooded Navajo or Dine. I've live in the Four Corners area (NM, AZ, UT & CO) most of my life and I have been actively climbing for 4 yrs now and to see it posted that the Navajo Nation does not allow climbing is really discouraging. I've been climbing here all my life and the only advice I can give to the outsiders is befriend a Navajo...like me! I've been seeking out alot of bouldering areas and some crack climbs around the Four Corners area now for the last 3 yrs. So, if you're interested at all, please feel free to contact me at qetutt@yahoo.com and I'll do my best to accommodate you in your adventure here on the reservation. For the most part, I usually just ask locals if it's ok to climb around and usually it's ok. You just gotta know the language. Peace.