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On November 16, 2020, the New Mexico state governor updated the executive order (cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/…) requiring all visitors from out of state to self-isolate or self-quarantine for a period of at least 14 days from the date of their entry into the State of New Mexico or for the duration of their presence in the State, whichever is shorter. The terms "self-isolate" or "self-quarantine" refer the voluntary physical separation of a person or group of people in a residence or other place of lodging. Any person who is self-isolating or self-quarantining may only leave a residence or place of lodging to receive medical care and should not allow others into the residence or place of lodging except for those providing medical care, emergency response, or other individuals designated by the New Mexico Department of Health.
The executive order also closes all New Mexico State Parks to non-NM residents.
This Executive Order shall take effect on November 16, 2020 and shall remain in effect through the duration of the public health emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-004 and any extensions of that emergency declaration or until it is rescinded.
Additionally, NM state guidance requires all persons to wear a mask anytime they are out in public, including outdoor recreation areas.
Because of its distance from highly populated areas, when climbing here you will typically only find locals. In Gallup the local climbers can be counted on one hand (well, depending on the season, sometimes you need two hands), so dont expect crowds!
Scott Halliday has created a great guidebook and has graciously allowed us to post it here.
- Turn right (north) onto County Road 1 for about one mile, the road makes a sharp turn to the left (west) and becomes Mentmore Road.
- Take Mentmore Road about 1.5 miles up and over the hill. At the bottom of the hill the road turns sharply to the right. At this turn go straight through the open gate to the Mentmore Rock Climbing Area Parking Lot.
One option is one of the numerous cheap hotels in Gallup (but be careful if you do this, there are some sketchy looking ones as well).
Some have also stayed right there at the crag. It's not the greatest environment but I have never heard of anyone being harassed. Don't be too surprised though, if someone comes in to an illegally dumped pile of trash. Gunfire in the background is also quite common as locals use nearby areas for target practice.
The best option for camping is, as written in one of the comments below, to stay in the McGaffey forest just east of Gallup. From Mentmore, get back onto I-40 and head east. Drive back through Gallup and then about 10 minutes east of Gallup take the McGaffey exit. Turn south and continue driving past Fort Wingate. When you get into the forest there are plenty of roads to turn off onto that provide great primitive camping in a beautiful ponderosa forest. Forest roads are closed during winter months. The Quaking Aspen and McGaffey campgrounds are also available as you go south along NM-400 into McGaffey.
Classic Climbing Routes at Mentmore
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