Santa Fe Area Rock Climbing
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, 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
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.
Head north of Albuquerque on I-25, you can't miss Santa Fe, the Capital of New Mexico!
Weather station 0.6 miles from here
296 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Santa Fe Area
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Native Rituals 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c NM
: Santa Fe Area
: ... : Solar Cave
This cryptic route begins up relatively mellow, blocky rock, before hitting the first crux at the 3rd & 4th bolt. Slopey pinches and awkward body positions lead to a rattly double crimp hold and a terrible shake. From here, clip up then head over the next bulge with strenuous moves on small but positive crimps and pockets. Above the bulge a decent shake leads to a few more sequential moves to a no-hands stance on Clovis Hunter. A few more trivial moves deliver you below the fina...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
By meghan c.
From: el paso, tx
Jun 10, 2016
We're heading up to Santa Fe this weekend to check it out and escape triple digit temps in El Paso. We're looking for nice shady climbing in the 5.8-5.11 range (sport or trad) with old dog-friendly short approaches. Is diablo the best bet? How hot is the camping there in the summer? We'd love to find some shady camping options near water ... any suggestions?
By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jun 10, 2016
Hi Meg, if you plan to stick close to Santa Fe for the weekend, Diablo is your best bet and, in particular, the shaded walls of Runway (Lower Tier) and chasing shade in The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notch).
The Main Wall of The Shack is shaded in the morning until about 1pm and while it doesn't have many great easier routes, it's got a number of fun 5.11s.
The free BLM camping at Diablo is likely to be pretty toasty. It's pretty exposed and low elevation. You could look to camp at one of the campgrounds along Hyde Park road just outside of Santa Fe.
I've not ever climbed in the Pecos River Canyon but it could be an option for climbing and camping if you're game for driving a bit from Santa Fe.
About an hour north of Santa Fe is the El Rito area which has nice dispersed and pay-for camping options. In particular, the Little River Wall has both climbing and camping near the El Rito River.