Elevation: 3,702 ft
GPS: 36.131, -115.425 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details

Red Rock

Red Rock: a few thousand routes, generally warm weather, every kind climbing from short sport routes to big 20-pitch outings, nearby Las Vegas for off-rock activities. Who could ask for more?

***** RAIN AND WET ROCK ***** The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN RED ROCKS during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby.

If you're wondering when it last rained, wetrockpolice.com/redrock displays information collected by a rain gauge located at the Red Rock visitor center. Please note that the site only aims to help climbers make informed decisions; wetrockpolice.com should not be treated as the source of truth for whether climbing can or cannot be safely done!

***** HUMAN WASTE ***** Human waste is one of the major issues plaguing Red Rocks. The Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council identified this problem years ago and has worked to provide "wag bags" free of charge in several locations (Black Velvet, First Pullout, Kraft Mtn/Bouldering, The Gallery, and The Black Corridor). These bags are designed so that you can pack your waste out - consider bringing one to be part of your kit (just like your rope and shoes and lunch) no matter where you go. Once used, please dispose of them properly (do not throw them in the toilets at the parking areas). This project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club.

***** LATE EXIT PASSES *****
IMPORTANT: NEW LATE EXIT SYSTEM STARTING JAN 2020.  DETAILS:
https://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/new-late-exit-overnight-permits-system-starting-in-2020/?fbclid=IwAR37qVeRc_lXDwqiu8E__L3b46zh7_0xmV9WtwDaKHdL6suVEraE8B2dx9I

It is easy to be late returning to your car, and the tickets are expensive. All climbers should take advantage of this excellent resource. Any number of unexpected things can cause you to run late on a climb. Don't let your trip get ruined with an expensive, but avoidable, parking ticket.

Note that the scenic loop drive access is limited by the BLM and requires a fee upon entry. Schedule is as follows:
November through February 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April through September 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
October 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(details at BLM link: blm.gov/basic/nevada-red-ro…)

***** COMMERCIAL, LARGE GROUPS (>15), and GUEST PERMIT LOTTERY *****
There are limits to the number of commercial use, competitive or organized group permits available as established with the Resource Management Plan and other Environmental Analysis documents. Rock Climbing Guest Permits are for one calendar year and are offered through a lottery. Applications accepted beginning June 1 and must be received by September 1 for the following year. For more information, visit the Special Recreation Permits section of the Red Rock website.

***** CAMPING *****
"Visitors may reserve single campground sites at Red Rock Canyon Campground online or by phone for visits starting in 2019.
As of January 2019, Red Rock Canyon Campsite reservations are made at recreation.gov, or by calling the national reservation hotline 1-877-444-677. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance but not less than 48 hours of the desired arrival date. Camping rates have not changed and are $20 per night for the standard and RV sites, $10 for the walk-to sites, and $60 for the group sites.

As of January 2019,  66 of the 80 single campsites and seven large group campsites are be available on the system for reservation. The remaining 14 single campsites are offered on a first-come first-served basis.

Recreation.gov is managed by National Recreation Reservation Service. The NRRS is a partnership between Federal Land Management Agencies to provide quality reservation services for facilities and activities on public lands. Additional information about recreation opportunities at BLM’s Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area can be found at: blm.gov/programs/national-c…

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Classic Climbing Routes at Red Rock

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 679
Solar Slab
Trad 9 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 1,165
Birdland
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 1,162
Dark Shadows
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 142
Dark Shadows (Full)
Trad 10 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 774
Crimson Chrysalis
Trad 9 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 1,035
Epinephrine
Trad 13 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 567
Dream of Wild Turkeys
Trad 7 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 611
Triassic Sands
Trad 6 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 364
The Fox
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 300
The Nightcrawler
Trad, Sport 5 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 544
Levitation 29
Trad 9 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 145
Running Man
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 95
Drifting
Trad 5 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 300
Cloud Tower
Trad 6 pitches
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 223
The Original Route
Trad 14 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Solar Slab 12-Oak Creek Ca… > Solar Slab - Upper Tier
 679
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 9 pitches
Birdland 10-Pine Creek C… > Brass Wall
 1,165
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 6 pitches
Dark Shadows 10-Pine Creek C… > Mescalito > Dark Shadows Wall
 1,162
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Dark Shadows (Full) 10-Pine Creek C… > Mescalito > Dark Shadows Wall
 142
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 10 pitches
Crimson Chrysalis 11-Juniper Canyon > Cloud Tower
 774
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 9 pitches
Epinephrine 16-Black Velvet… > Black Velvet Wall
 1,035
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 13 pitches
Dream of Wild Turkeys 16-Black Velvet… > Black Velvet Wall
 567
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 7 pitches
Triassic Sands 16-Black Velvet… > Whiskey Peak > N Face
 611
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
The Fox 01-Calico Basin > Fox Area
 364
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
The Nightcrawler 11-Juniper Canyon > Brownstone Wall
 300
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Sport 5 pitches
Levitation 29 12-Oak Creek Ca… > Eagle Wall
 544
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 9 pitches
Running Man 05-Sandstone Qu… > Running Man Wall
 145
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Drifting 10-Pine Creek C… > Jet Stream Wall
 95
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad 5 pitches
Cloud Tower 11-Juniper Canyon > Cloud Tower
 300
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad 6 pitches
The Original Route 11-Juniper Canyon > Rainbow Wall
 223
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad 14 pitches
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