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White Rock

New Mexico > Los Alamos & White Rock

Description

From cracks to difficult sport, there is a wide variety of basalt climbing in and around the sleepy town of White Rock.


Different ethics apply regarding bolts and bolted anchors at the different crags; some are traditional only, while others have bolts and anchors. The local climbing community has had a number of open meetings and established this White Rock bolting agreement as a compromise for differing viewpoints and to allow for climbing of all styles at White Rock.

Season: Year-round, except during occasional winter storms. You'll want to find the sun in the winter and shade in the summer. Like everywhere in the SW, monsoon-style rainstorms are common in late afternoons in July and August.

Getting There

From I-25, head either north or south toward Santa Fe (depending on where you are coming from), and get onto highway 285/84 toward Los Alamos/Espanola. From Pojoaque head west on highway 502. Highway 502 will take you directly into the town of White Rock, follow the directions to each crag from there.

Other Resources:

Several Webguides to this area can be found at: lamountaineers.org/zLOCATE.…

"Jemez Rock" by M. Beverly is comprehensive.
"Rock Climbing: New Mexico" by D. Jackson has info on the most popular cliffs.

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White Rock Petroglyph
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Bob Graham climbing at White Rock, NM
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Gallow's Edge at White Rock
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Randy Carmichael
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] The on-line guide book is excellent, but I would encourage posting routes here too in order to get the climbing communities wisdom and perspective. May 4, 2006
Terry J. Miller
La Villita, NM
[Hide Comment] I have been out of climbing for nearly twenty years and am now back. I have checked this site against Rock & Ice #40 and old printed guides. I am finding many grade changes and general bashing of those that developed these areas into "modern sport routes". Please stop. The rock never has cared and never will care. Just climb and pick up trash on the way out. May 6, 2012
tony m
frisco
[Hide Comment] Terry, that is good advise for any area. thank you. i have seen too many crags littered and just disrespected. we are supposed to be a GOOD example for others. Apr 7, 2013
[Hide Comment] I want to let anyone who intends to go climbing in the vicinity of Gallows Edge and the Old New Place to be aware of some idiots who throw rocks from the cliff above Gallows Edge at about 8:25 on June 25. My daughter and I had just finished climbing at Gallows Edge when a rock came flying and landed less than three feet from my head. We yelled at them, but the rocks kept coming. We called the police and they eventually left before the police arrived. Jun 26, 2013
[Hide Comment] FOUND: 4/7/17
4 locking biners attached to two slings, clearly used as an anchor- found on the approach by the overlook

Text me if they are yours including the color of marking tape!
207-752-7759 May 7, 2017
[Hide Comment] Area currently closed by Los Alamos County. Jun 13, 2018