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Santa Fe Area Rock Climbing 


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Intro 

Santa Fe, a major tourist destination, the oldest capital city in the US, offers a wealth of cultural and outdoor experiences, and a wide variety of year-round climbing.

The nearest areas are:
Other areas with 1 hour include:
  • El Rito - cobble-y sport and easy 2-pitch trad
  • Taos - various types, sport & trad
Seek out the sunny cliffs of areas like Diablo and Cochiti in the colder months; in the summer, head to the shaded valley of the Pecos or the shady cliffs at Diablo and Eagle Canyon.

Camping The areas near most of the crags (Diablo, Cochiti) provide low-key opportunities for dirtbagging on public land. Be aware that the Pecos River Canyon has seen a lot of impact from camping. Lodging at various levels of luxury can be had in Santa Fe.

Climbing Gym The Santa Fe Climbing Center (SFCC) offers indoor climbing for the evenings and the cold,snowy days in the winter. The SFCC has a very friendly and knowledgeable staff and also offers outdoor guiding at local areas.

Gear The Santa Fe Climbing Center offers an ever-expanding selection of climbing gear including Black Diamond, Petzl and La Sportiva. The Santa Fe REI also has a decent selection of climbing gear.

Santa Fe Crags, bouldering, and alpine 

- Truchas Peaks: The Truchas Peaks area of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico offers a high abundance of quality, secluded hiking and mountain adventure.

- Diablo Canyon: Single to multi-pitch, sport and trad, less than vertical to overhanging. A nice variety of climbing on excellent to poor quality basalt.

- Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding Crags: Think vertical pockets and monos. Technical climbing away from the crowds on a former destination sport climbing area.

- Pecos River Canyon: Picturesque granite crag northeast of Santa Fe, NM.

- Apache Canyon Bouldering: A large overhanging chunk of sandstone with at least 20 different variations. Just 20 minutes outside of Santa Fe.

Getting There 

Head north of Albuquerque on I-25, you can't miss Santa Fe, the Capital of New Mexico!

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.6 miles from here

290 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Santa Fe Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Santa Fe Area:
Hellboy   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 165'   Diablo Canyon : Winter Wall
Post Moderate   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 165'   Diablo Canyon : Winter Wall
Humbolt   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Early Wall : Left End
Good   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notc... : Grotto Left (East Side)
Naked Lunch   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Diablo Canyon : Winter Wall
Evil Paradise   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notc... : Grotto Left (East Side)
Grape Ape   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 150'   Diablo Canyon : Winter Wall
Guillotine Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notc... : Upper Tier of The Grotto
Affirmative Action   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notc... : Grotto Left (East Side)
Sun Devil   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Sport, 3 pitches, 300'   Diablo Canyon : Sun Devil Wall
Airbus   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Early Wall : Observatory Wall (Upper Tie...
Cock -a-doodle-do   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   Cockscomb Crag : Poultrygeist Area
Astro Devil   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 3 pitches, 350'   Diablo Canyon : Sun Devil Wall
Pale Face   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Diablo Canyon : Winter Wall
40-Love   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Standby Shack (a.k.a. The S... : Main Wall
Unnamed ArĂȘte (a.k.a. UNA)   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notc... : Grotto Right (West Side)
Clovis Hunter   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 80'   Diablo Canyon : Solar Cave
Quest for Fire   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Diablo Canyon : Solar Cave
Sin after Sin   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notc... : Grotto Right (West Side)
Tempest   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Standby Shack (a.k.a. The S... : Main Wall
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Featured Route For Santa Fe Area
Rock Climbing Photo: High on the route on a gorgeous spring day. March ...

El Areto Bolto Del Diablo 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  NM : Santa Fe Area : ... : Grotto Left (East Side)
This awesome route is likely one of the best 5.10s at Diablo, on par with the Winter Wall classic Grape Ape and the best of the Early Wall, Grotto, etc. Anchor your belayer to the two bolts on the right side of the gully. Clip the first two bolts on easy terrain before traversing left towards the arete. The route really gets going around bolt five, with tricky moves and a bizarre mantle to get established on the arete. From here, get psyched for 50 feet of continuous, technical face climbing on ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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