The Dry Canyon Rock Climbing
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DescriptionDry Canyon, a.k.a. 'The Dry', is an increasingly popular destination for those seeking moderate to very difficult sport climbing. Located in the Whetstone Mountains north of Sierra Vista, this remote limestone crag is an ideal cool weather playground, being mostly sunny until later in the afternoon. Established routes range from 5.8 to 5.14b, with the overwhelming majority in the 5.11-.12 range.
Bring a 60m rope and quickdraws. The rock is generally steep and of good quality, though bloodily abrasive in some areas. There are certainly enough routes to keep you busy for a winter, and it is likely that The Dry will see further development in coming years.
The Whetstone Mountains are one of several small mountain ranges in Southeastern Arizona hosting an abundance of limestone rock. While there are most certainly more crags like this one, the remote nature of these ranges has limited their development. This crag was discovered by two U of A students in the 1995 but most of the routes have been since 1999.
There are currently no access issues at this crag. Please help to keep it that way. The Dry is on Coronado National Forest land so camp freely, but PLEASE observe low impact principles to avoid future access issues. Also, please do not block the road with your vehicle.
Lastly, remember that all of Southeastern Arizona is a virtual highway for Mexican migrants. Use your head.
For rest day fun, visit nearby Kartchner Caverns State Park, just to the north.
Getting ThereDrive east on Interstate 10 from Tucson for about 40 miles. Exit at Arizona Hwy. 90, heading south towards Sierra Vista. Drive south for about 12.5 miles and carefully make a right on a dirt road just past milepost 302.
A 4WD vehicle is strongly recommended for the remainder of the drive. If you do not have at least a high clearance vehicle, consider going home! The road is very rough and steep in places.
From Hwy 90, proceed down dirt road to a T-intersection. Turn right. Take the first left (hopefully marked #4014) and continue to the end of the road, staying right through two intersections.
Park at the road's end, where it dwindles down to a trail. Follow this trail down and across the wash, out past a water tank and continue on toward the far end of the crag. Approach the crag uphill on established switchbacks. It is 15-30 minutes from the car to the crag depending on where you stop to climb.
Classic Climbing Routes at The Dry Canyon
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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