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Sedona Area 


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Elevation: 4,500'
Location: 34.8661, -111.7636 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Sedona is a great place to rock climb - situated on the southern end of the Colorado Plateau, Sedona is known for innumerable sandstone spires and towers. While the rock is often soft and routes can be inconsistent in quality, there are many great adventures to be had. Many great cragging routes are also available, as well as bouldering and some basalt climbing at the higher elevations.

Sedona itself is a beautiful place to visit, though a bit on the touristy side. Camping can be found in both pay sites and on National Forest land nearby.

We've separated the Sedona area into three small regions;

Sedona proper includes all the areas around the main part of town, including Cathedral Spires, Marges Draw, Mooses Butte, Damfino Canyon, Mormon Canyon, and much more.

Doing the jump-across off The Mace.  I never get tired of this climb.  Photo by Wednesday Hugus.
Doing the jump-across off The Mace. I never get tired of this climb. Photo by Wednesday Hugus.


West Sedona includes all those areas found on this side of town including the Dry Creek Road Areas, Coffee Pot Rock Areas, and more.
A shot of the pitch 2 traverse, Mars Attacks.
A shot of the pitch 2 traverse, Mars Attacks.


And finally there is Oak Creek Village south of Sedona proper, which is home to such grand formations as Courthouse Butte and Oak Creek Spire.
pat brown leading the last pitch of coyote tower
pat brown leading the last pitch of coyote tower


As far as the climbing goes you will either love it or hate it. However, the beauty of the area is undeniable, and keeps a lot of us hungry for more.
Cathedral Rock in Sedona
Cathedral Rock in Sedona


Getting There 

Sedona sits at the intersection of highways 179 and 89A just south of Flagstaff. Routes are spread throughout many of the spires and canyons in the area.


218 Total Routes


['4 Stars',24],['3 Stars',92],['2 Stars',73],['1 Star',19],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',9],['5.8',12],['5.9',24],['5.10',84],['5.11',57],['5.12',21],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',3],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sedona Area:
Sedona's Scenic Cruise    5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   Sedona : Gibraltar Rock
Dr. Rubo's Wild Ride   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   Coffeepot Rock Area : Summit Block Rock
Mars Attacks   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 350'   Dry Creek Road Area : The Fin
Original Route   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   Cathedral Rock Area : The Mace
North Face/West Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Oak Creek Spire Area : Oak Creek Spire
Epitaph   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Moose's Butte Area : Flying Buttress
Earth Angel   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Sedona : Mormon Canyon
2 Legit 2 Quit    5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   Bear Mountain Area : Fay Canyon
The Windows Route   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 220'   Steamboat Rock/Midgley Brid... : Super Crack Tower
Coyote Tower   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 400'   Bell Rock / Courthouse Butt... : Courthouse Butte
Tasmanian Devil   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Coffeepot Rock Area : Soldiers Pass
Vortex in a Can   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Cathedral Rock Area : South Mesa
Trundlers Club   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c     Trad, 5 pitches, 350'   Church Spires Area : Trundler's Club Buttress
Castles in the Sand   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 150'   Church Wall and Religion Wa... : Church Wall
Arch Enemy   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 400'   Moose's Butte Area : Flying Buttress
Watchtower AKA Last Temptation   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Church Wall and Religion Wa... : Lower Religion Wall
Alpine Follies Hangover   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Church Wall and Religion Wa... : Upper Religion Wall
Shangri-La   5.12+ 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Trad, 5 pitches, 350'   Sedona : Lost Canyon
Mission To Mars   5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Church Spires Area : The Planetarium
Red Planet   5.13 8a 29 X- E7 6c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Dry Creek Road Area : The Fin
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Pitch 2 Splitter!

Inception 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a  AZ : Sedona Area : ... : Super Crack Tower
P1: 5.9 Hands to fists up cornerP2: 5.11/12 One of the best pitches I've been on in Sedona, Amazing. Splitter! First half probably 5.10 to overhanging fingers through two bolts to anchors on ledge, 5.11/12? Need some input on the grade! Spectacular! Feels like Annunkai at Indian Creek but steeper! (and unfortunately shorter) Possible to rap from here. (Very very cool 98% free hanging rap) These two pitches are definitely worth the hike!P3: 5.11+/12- FFA Jones/Bloom...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Photos of Sedona Area Slideshow Add Photo
Doing the jump-across off The Mace.  I never get tired of this climb.  Photo by Wednesday Hugus.
Doing the jump-across off The Mace. I never get t...
A bad day for climbing in Sedona.
A bad day for climbing in Sedona.
Updated improved view from Airport Lookout.  Man what a beautiful place.  March 09.
Updated improved view from Airport Lookout. Man w...
John Domaska doing a naked Tebow on the 40th anniversary of the first assent of Streaker spire. This was for you Scott. See ya at work......
John Domaska doing a naked Tebow on the 40th anniv...
Cathedral Rock in Sedona
Cathedral Rock in Sedona
downtown Sedona from the base of Epitaph
downtown Sedona from the base of Epitaph
Sedona: A Day At The Beach
Sedona: A Day At The Beach
Overlook from near the airport at Sedona.  Still haven't climbed there, but it's on the list.
Overlook from near the airport at Sedona. Still h...
The Boy in Slide Rock State Park.  March 09.
The Boy in Slide Rock State Park. March 09.
A view from the Dodger <br />w/courthouse butte on the left
A view from the Dodger
w/courthouse butte on the l...
cathedral rock 5/23/2013
cathedral rock 5/23/2013
A great view to the South with a couple of beautiful spires.
A great view to the South with a couple of beautif...
Winter sunset from base of coyote tower.
Winter sunset from base of coyote tower.
West Sedona
West Sedona
Chris Parks enjoys a dappled sky on the top of another Sedona Tower in 11/03. Photo by Tony Bubb.
Chris Parks enjoys a dappled sky on the top of ano...
Bell Rock, 2005.
Bell Rock, 2005.
Capitol Butte from Cathedral Rock. 10/27/07
Capitol Butte from Cathedral Rock. 10/27/07
Ahhh to be filthy rich...  2005.
Ahhh to be filthy rich... 2005.
I think the Courthouse Butte trail.  2005.
I think the Courthouse Butte trail. 2005.
Never get tired of visiting this area.  2005.
Never get tired of visiting this area. 2005.
Nowhere near Bell rock, 2005.
Nowhere near Bell rock, 2005.
Jim Thompson Trail  <br /> <br />Walking in the footsteps of Sedona's first outside settler on the path that bears his name, you'll see so many local landmarks you just may decide to stay awhile too <br />
BETA PHOTO: Jim Thompson Trail

Walking in the footsteps of S...
Sedona Overview Map
BETA PHOTO: Sedona Overview Map
The cathedral.  2005.
The cathedral. 2005.
Red Rock Country! <br />(not the best resolution)
BETA PHOTO: Red Rock Country!
(not the best resolution)
Sedona, March 09.
Sedona, March 09.
Rapping off Krakatoa
Rapping off Krakatoa
Sedona is Beautiful!!!
Sedona is Beautiful!!!
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By JJ Schlick
Administrator
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 16, 2012

Howdy ya'll, obviously I changed a few things up for the Sedona areas. Should help over time. The Tropics were double posted, and I went with the best description. Thanks for helping make all this info possible.

By Osprey
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Mar 10, 2012

Weather link for Sedona, AZ: forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Sedona&state=AZ&s>>>

By Psych
Apr 26, 2012

I'll be in town with family for only a few days in late May and would like to meet up or hire a local guide for a day of climbing in Sedona. Can anyone recommend someone to contact? I'll have only my harness and shoes, but no rack or rope. Thanks!

By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Jun 27, 2012

Going to the party for the new guidebook!


Come on and get a book
Come on and get a book

By tom sykes
Feb 3, 2014

ill be in sedona in march and was looking for a local climbing guide, since i will only have my shoes and a harness with me, know of anybody i could contact??

By Keith Preston
Jun 22, 2014

I'm heading to the Sedona area in late September and looking for a guide. I'm an experienced climber but just visting and have an extra day. I'd like to hook up with someone that knows the routes and area well. Any help?