The closest sport climbing area to Las Cruces is found on these inconspicuous volcanic hills about 1/2 hr west of Las Cruces. About 20 sport routes can be found here ranging from 5.7 to 5.12. The wall faces east which makes it suitable for warm weather climbing as it gets shade for most the afternoon. Add to this the fact that it is sheltered from the predominately western winds and you have the makings of one of Las Cruces' more popular local crags.
From Las Cruces, take I-10 west. Exit at the Las Cruces airport, but immediately get onto the frontage road on the north side of the highway and follow it west until the entrance to Corallitos Ranch is found (County rd 09). Follow this paved rd for about 11.5 miles, passing the Corralitos ranch. You will pass by an old observatory at a gap in the hills. Just beyond this the road has a series of dips and two large gravel piles can be seen off to the right. Leave the paved road and get onto a dirt track heading to the gravel piles. The dirt track passes the gravel and dead-ends at a small parking area which is on the west side of some low hills. Park here and follow a faint trail east towards a gap in the hills. Once you reach the "saddle" the cliffs will be visible to your right (south). This is the north end of the Rough and Readies. Allow 10-20 minutes for the approach hike.
The 2006 edition of Rock Climbing New Mexico, by Dennis Jackson included a short description of this crag. Beta can also sometimes be found at the NMSU climbing wall.
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Unnamed Arete 5.11d NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : ... : Original Area
This is a spectacular, continuously overhanging pitch. It has no good rests and not one easy move. The rock is sharp and a bit crumbly in places, which is the only thing that keeps me from giving it 4 stars. It starts off with very steep, bouldery moves, then continues with less steep but more technical climbing up the arete. The climbing eases slightly once you reach the giant flake, but if you're like me, your arms are screaming by this point so things still feel quite hard. Lieback for glory ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM