Elevation: 4,318 ft
GPS: 34.868, -111.762 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Jan 19, 2006 · Updates
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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. Most well known bouldering areas will be found in ​Sedona Bouldering, under the NAZ Bouldering page.

***** RAIN AND WET ROCK ***** As with all soft stone areas, the sandstone in SEDONA 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 SEDONA 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.

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.

West Sedona includes all those areas found on this side of town including the Dry Creek Road Areas, Coffee Pot Rock Areas, and more.

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.

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.

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sedona Area

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 174
Regular Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 105
Original North Face Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 183
Sedona's Scenic Cruise
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 216
Mars Attacks
Trad, Sport 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 53
Nirvana
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 261
Original Route
Trad 5 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 209
Dr. Rubo's Wild Ride
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 64
North Face/West Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 67
Earth Angel
Trad 6 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 58
The Windows Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 140
Coyote Tower
Trad 6 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 81
Starship Trooper
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 51
Trundler's Club
Trad 5 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 77
Space Cowboys
Sport
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 67
Mission To Mars
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Regular Route Sedona > Moose's Butte Area > Queen Victoria
 174
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Original North Face Route Sedona > … > Church Spires Area > Streaker Spire
 105
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Sedona's Scenic Cruise Sedona > Gibraltar Rock… > Gibraltar Rock
 183
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Mars Attacks W Sedona > Dry Creek Rd Area > Fin
 216
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad, Sport 4 pitches
Nirvana W Sedona > … > Boynton Canyon > Nirvana Buttress
 53
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Original Route Sedona > Cathedral Rock… > Mace
 261
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 5 pitches
Dr. Rubo's Wild Ride W Sedona > Coffeepot Rock… > Summit Block Rock
 209
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
North Face/West Crack Village of Oak… > Oak Creek Spire… > Oak Creek Spire
 64
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Earth Angel Sedona > Mormon Canyon
 67
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
The Windows Route Sedona > Midgley Bridge… > Super Crack Tower
 58
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Coyote Tower Village of Oak… > Bell Rock / Cou… > Courthouse Butte
 140
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Starship Trooper Sedona > … > W Twin Butte > Planetarium
 81
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Trundler's Club Sedona > … > E Twin Butte > Trundler’s Buttress
 51
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 5 pitches
Space Cowboys Sedona > … > W Twin Butte > Planetarium
 77
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Mission To Mars Sedona > … > W Twin Butte > Planetarium
 67
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
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