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DescriptionFun, vertical to overhanging conglomerate matrix of metamorphosed sand and mud with inclusions of smooth, rounded cobbles of all sizes. The cobbles, and the holes they leave when they fall out of the matrix, form excellent holds that allow relatively moderate climbing for such steep rock. Fully overhanging routes can be below 5.11, and anything less than vertical will probably clock in at 5.8 or below. All routes are sport bolted, so you can concentrate on the climbing instead of the protection. (text copied from Gary Clark's online guide: lamountaineers.org/Elrito/s… )
Getting ThereEl Rito is located about 50 miles north of Santa Fe (please see a road map to find El Rito). From the east end of the village, turn north on Forest Road 44 (dirt). Drive 3.75 miles from the pavement, and park to the left just after the sign Cañada del Potrero. Camping is available at several locations up this spur road, which ends in about a half-mile. Now walk across the road to a trail paralleling it headed south. The trail crosses a bridge, then turns south up the sidehill to the crags. (~15 min.)
The primary parking area is relatively small. Please park head-in and save space for other vehicles.
Gary Clark created free PDF guides for the El Rito sport and trad climbing areas. Gary has moved from New Mexico and Jason Halladay has adopted the guide updates. The most recent update is from 2014 but is still quite valuable and helpful for navigating the areas.
Classic Climbing Routes at El Rito Sport Area
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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