Ute Lake - Mine Canyon Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: "Red Wall" at Mine Canyon.
Over the last few years the lake has receded, exposing several sandstone cliffs that are the perfect height for bouldering. Although nothing here is really above V3 in terms of difficulty, the quality of rock is pretty good and off the beaten path.
There are two walls here, the one you can see from the road driving in is Red Wall. On the opposite side of the canyon is Shady Wall. I know these aren't the most creative names but this is just to prevent any confusion. Most of the climbs are on Red Wall.
This wall is in the Mine Canyon State Rec. Area and you need to get a sticker which costs $5 at the booth. It is on the honor system.
From I-40 take exit 333 in Tucumcari and get on Hwy. 54 North towards Logan. After about 15 miles, take a left towards 12 Shores golf club. Instead of going left at the fork to the resort, go right and continue towards Mine Canyon. There is a dirt road that leads to a few primitive camp sites. You can walk down to the dry lake bed from here.
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 2.4 miles from here
4 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Ute Lake - Mine Canyon
May 31, 2014
The climbing area was filled with water, the lake was near the top of the dam. I could see where the area is, but I would have had to contend with about 5 feet of water (and reeds). Will be back in August-ish...to check it out.