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Mention the state of Nevada and you think of Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, deserts, UFO sightings, etc., but for the rock climber it's Red Rocks.

Red Rocks is one of the standout destination climbing venues in the country, especially during the cooler months of the year. During the summer it's often too hot for all but hardy locals. Several thousand routes from classic moderate multi-pitch routes like Cat in the Hat, 20-pitch big-wall outings, and difficult sport routes at The Gallery.

Oh, and then there is Las Vegas for when the campground gets too cold and windy in the early evening.

If you haven't been to Red Rocks yet, make this the one road trip you do this year.

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Weather station 23.0 miles from here

2,900 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',184],['3 Stars',1019],['2 Stars',1176],['1 Star',379],['Bomb',26]
['<=5.6',189],['5.7',226],['5.8',280],['5.9',351],['5.10',603],['5.11',466],['5.12',254],['5.13',67],['>=5.14',16],['',0],['<=V1',72],['V2-3',227],['V4-5',79],['V6-7',43],['V8-9',18],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',8],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Nevada

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Nevada:
Physical Graffiti   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 290'   Calico Basin : Riding Hood Wall
Cat in the Hat   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 650'   Pine Creek Canyon : Mescalito
Solar Slab   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 9 pitches, 1220'   Oak Creek Canyon : Solar Slab - Upper Tier
Johnny Vegas   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   Oak Creek Canyon : Solar Slab - Lower Tier
Olive Oil   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Juniper Canyon : Rose Tower
Birdland   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Pine Creek Canyon : Brass Wall
Dark Shadows   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Pine Creek Canyon : Mescalito
Frogland   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak
Great Red Book   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Second Pullout : The Great Red Book Area
Crimson Chrysalis   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 9 pitches, 1000'   Juniper Canyon : Cloud Tower
Epinephrine   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 13 pitches, 1600'   Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall
Big Bad Wolf   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 220'   Calico Basin : Riding Hood Wall
Dream of Wild Turkeys   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 7 pitches, 700'   Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall
Sour Mash   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall
Unimpeachable Groping   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 7 pitches, 760'   Juniper Canyon : Ginger Buttress
Triassic Sands   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak
The Nightcrawler   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 550'   Juniper Canyon : Brownstone Wall
Levitation 29   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 9 pitches, 700'   Oak Creek Canyon : Eagle Wall
The Original Route   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 14 pitches, 1000'   Juniper Canyon : The Rainbow Wall
Cloud Tower   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 6 pitches, 810'   Juniper Canyon : Cloud Tower
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Featured Route For Nevada
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 2 comes up the arete on the skyline. A perfe...

The Delicate Sound of Thunder 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  NV : Red Rock : ... : Whiskey Peak
One of my favorite short trad climbs of all time! Two excellent pitches are different in character but both technical and delicate. Not nearly as scary as the guide makes it out to be. Start on the front of the Our Father/Wholesome Fullback pinnacle at a thin crack and face.P1: Climb straight up past a few bolts to a mantle ledge, clip the bolt above from this ledge, shake out, then reverse the mantle and finger traverse right for a ways until a weakness allows you to pull the roof and climb ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

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Rock Climbing Photo: Pogonip, a strange winter frost. Photo by Blitzo.
Pogonip, a strange winter frost. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful desolation! Sand Mountain, Nevada. Photo...
Beautiful desolation! Sand Mountain, Nevada. Photo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Desert Hairy Scorpion, FLV, Nevada.
Desert Hairy Scorpion, FLV, Nevada.
Rock Climbing Photo: The cemetery at Columbus, Nevada
The cemetery at Columbus, Nevada
Rock Climbing Photo: Desert tortoise.
Desert tortoise.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ghost town of Rhyolite, near Death Valley NP.
Ghost town of Rhyolite, near Death Valley NP.
Rock Climbing Photo: Elephant Rock and brittlebush, Valley of Fire, NV....
Elephant Rock and brittlebush, Valley of Fire, NV....
Rock Climbing Photo: Snow in the desert
Snow in the desert
Rock Climbing Photo: Another Nevada sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Another Nevada sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Balanced Rock-Valley of Fire. Photo by Blitzo.
Balanced Rock-Valley of Fire. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kevin Santos on "Sour Pain"  Link - time...
Kevin Santos on "Sour Pain" Link - time...
Rock Climbing Photo: Viva Las Vegas! Photo by Blitzo.
Viva Las Vegas! Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lone sheep
Lone sheep
Rock Climbing Photo: A cool tree in Red Rocks
A cool tree in Red Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: RRNCA. Photo by Bruce Lacroix.
RRNCA. Photo by Bruce Lacroix.
Rock Climbing Photo: Late afternoon rainbow in FLV.
Late afternoon rainbow in FLV.
Rock Climbing Photo: Big horn sheep
Big horn sheep
Rock Climbing Photo: The historic Ghost Train of Ely, Nevada
The historic Ghost Train of Ely, Nevada
Rock Climbing Photo: Petroglyphs-Valley of Fire. Photo by Blitzo.
Petroglyphs-Valley of Fire. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Smoke from the 1996 Kingsbury Grade Fire, blowing ...
Smoke from the 1996 Kingsbury Grade Fire, blowing ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ruby Mountains. Photo by Blitzo.
Ruby Mountains. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mirage
Mirage
Rock Climbing Photo: Adult Entertainment
Adult Entertainment
Rock Climbing Photo: Da Strip
Da Strip

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By Blitzo
Sep 23, 2006
I love Nevada! There is so much open space and little hidden treasures, everywhere!
By stevecurtis
From: Petaluma California
Feb 10, 2008
Does anyone have information on keyhole peak (or Mtn>)? The picture I saw showed a huge limestone cliff.
By Katya gh
Jun 7, 2008
Hi
We are going to be doing several shaded routes in the canyons early July. We were considering Epinephrine and know that the chimneys are in the shade but on what pitch do we actually pop out into the sun and how feasible would it really be to do this route at this time of year?

Plus how much water do people carry in on these summer "expeditions"?
thanx
By Curtis Olson
From: Idaho
Sep 18, 2010
I am hoping someone with knowledge of Red Rocks, NV routes could provide some suggestions. I'm looking to take my son on his first wall and trying to find a reasonable wall in the area similar to Moonlight or Prodigal in Zion. In other words reasonable aid C1/C2+, 5.8/5.9, preferably hammer free, that could typically be completed in a couple days (Grade IV/V). I'm searching for alternatives to Zion because of the various wall closures there this autumn which kind of blows the calendar for us.
It's great to see all the high end free routes in the guides but very unfortunately few mentions of aid options. Guide book authers: this reader would like to see references to original ratings when possible. (e.g. 5.9/A2 old school now often only referenced as free 5.12a)
Thanks for any suggestions.
By Matt Wolski
From: Salt Lake City
Feb 10, 2012
Any info on the huge cliffs easily visible from US 50 west of Great Basin National Park?
By J. Thompson
From: denver, co
Mar 20, 2012
"red rock is the name of our park here in clark county y'all!"

Red rock is surely the name...but its not a park!

Big difference between the National Park Service(NPS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Red Rock canyon is a "National Conservation Area" managed by the BLM.

If it were a park we'd have been legally hand drilling for years!

josh
By VegasKlinger
Oct 23, 2012
Anyone going to the Keyhole Classic in a few weeks?

Good climbing to be had!

Fun for all ages.


Rock Climbing Photo: Keyhole Classic Rock Climbing Event 2010
Keyhole Classic Rock Climbing Event 2010
By Samuel Thackeray
From: McCall, Idaho
Aug 6, 2014
I am moving to Reno in the Fall and am looking for some climbing in the area. Any good suggestions?
By SNevadaClimbersCoalition
Nov 4, 2014
27th Annual Keyhole Classic November 7-9th

Don't forget to go out to a Southern Nevada Classic!

The Keyhole Classic held at Keyhole Canyon, just SE of Las Vegas, is happening this weekend the 7th, 8th and 9th.

- Free Camping
- 440' tyrolean traverse
- Chili & Food
- T-Shirts
- Bouldering Comp Saturday
- Top ropes

Come out and have a great time climbing or just meeting up with locals or visiting climbers.

Guidebooks for the area will also be available!

Hope you can make it!
By chrisbe
From: Reno, Nevada
Feb 16, 2015
Had an amazing time at the wild granites. If anyone wants some information let me know!

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