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Old Stagecoach Road

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Old Stagecoach Road Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,300'
Location: 36.537, -105.7082 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Mike Howard on Dec 14, 2006
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Archive Photo of the John Dunn Bridge around 1900 ...


The old westward bound stage crossing from the original John Dunn Bridge over the Rio Grande. Massive stone walls and old roadbed bring you to the base of the crag just upstream and northwest of the rafters' put-in for the Upper Box. Short (40 ft) crag with 5.5 to 5.11 trad and sport routes. Great Spring and Fall climbing with easy access (5 min approach). You can swim in the Rio if you are overheated or dip in the hotsprings if you're chilled.

See "Taos Rock Climbs & Boulders of Northern New Mexico" by Jay Foley, Sharp End Books, 2005. The only complete guide for the other climbs in this area.

The anchors for these climbs can be reached from the top. Follow the old road up left and scramble along the top (careful to not knock rock down on your party). Some are pretty easy to rig (the sport routes). Otherwise, look to sling trees at the top to reach them.

Getting There 

Same as for John's Wall but continue across the Rio Grande and turn North after the John Dunn bridge and park at the end of the road. A fisherman's trail heads north to cairned climbers trail onto the Old Stage Coach Road

Climbing Season

For the John Dunn Bridge Area area.

Weather station 6.6 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

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Po'Pay's Revolt 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  NM : Taos Area : ... : Old Stagecoach Road
The bottom has a sporty move to the second bolt but the crux is thin edges to and above the 4th bolt. (You can avoid this by climbing wide to right after clipping 3rd bolt. Po'Pay or Pope' was from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo and planned the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 while in Taos pueblo, the only time the Spanish were driven from an entire region of the New ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing in December
Climbing in December
Rock Climbing Photo: View down onto the Old Stagecoach crag right.  Sho...
BETA PHOTO: View down onto the Old Stagecoach crag right. Sho...
Rock Climbing Photo: View down onto the Old Stagecoach crag left end.  ...
BETA PHOTO: View down onto the Old Stagecoach crag left end. ...
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A more recent photo of the view from the base of t...

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By Laura Fremgen
From: Missoula, Montana
May 6, 2013
There's another route with chains left of The Prow, right of No. 1 G not listed on here...possibly a 5.9?
By Nickolas V
Sep 10, 2013
Watch out for desert bighorn sheep on top of this crag! My buddy and I came face to face with 3 of them up there this summer. Gave us a good startling moment, could have fallen off the crag if we had jumped a little more. To be fair though, I think we scared them as much as they did us. Just keep an eye out, they blend in amazingly well against the brown-red basalt.

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