Elevation: 5,800 ft
GPS: 34.005, -106.989 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Bob Broilo on Jan 27, 2006
Admins: Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski, Jason Halladay

Description

This area has a series of cliffs and boulders of mixed-quality rhyolite. Nice area for winter climbing and bouldering on days with mild winter temperatures. Summer can be hot and buggy, but shade can be found and many sport climbing faces are very pleasant in the mornings. One can find a plethora of moderate sport routes in the 5.10- 5.11 range, most of which are bolted, though some are mixed and require the occasional gear placement.

Though initial impression of rock quality may be disappointing, much of the rock is actually quite solid (and it varies depending on the area you are climbing at). Some of the looser faces have some routes that have had holds reinforced with glue, and some were chipped.

Well the climbing is fun, the bouldering is spectacular, particularly up at Alf Rig.

The best camping here is south of the cattle guard, south of the parking for the southern areas. There is a pulloff to the left that is sheltered from the wind and gets good morning sun.

Box can be broken up into four major areas to ease navigation:

Northern Box areas are accessed from the first large parking area. This parking area has a toilet, trash container, and information kiosk. Areas served by this parking include Red Wall, Waterfall Wall, Streambed, Dirt Wall, and Wine Wall.

Southern Box areas are mostly accessed by following the road south through the wash and up and over the hill. There is a good trail serving Major Wall, Alcohol Wall, Pocket Change, etc. on the northern end of this parking. Another trail on the south end of the parking near the cattle guard heads to Unbeatable Boulder, Tres Hermanans, Harmonica Convention, etc. Please don't park in the turnaround spot and please use the trails as this is a delicate environment.

Spook parking is accessed by turning off US60 before The Box.

The western Box areas generally are more scattered and require a bit more hiking. These include Alf Rig, Inflatable Hitler Wall, Hidden Wall, Dog Ball Banana Wall, and Mesquite BBQ Wall. There is no general parking and the trails are faint or overgrown.

Rack: 10 draws, set of wires, and a single set of Camalots up to #3 should be fine. Though, just a set of quick draws will get you up a most of the routes.

Resources

Online:
- The Socorro Bouldering Guide:
infohost.nmt.edu/~bob/bould…

- An seemingly abandoned but promising guide to both the boulders and the cliffs:
enchantedtower.com
enchantedtower.com/PrintDra…

Guidebooks:
"New Mexico Bouldering" by Owen Summerscales, 2016
newmexicobouldering.com/

“Rock Climbing New Mexico” by Dennis R. Jackson. Incomplete and inaccurate, but currently the only in-print guide to the sport climbing.

"The Enchanted Tower, Sport Climbing Socorro and Datil, New Mexico" by Salomon Maestas and Matthew A. Jones, 1993. (Out of print)

Getting There

Find Socorro on Interstate 25 (about 1 hour south of Albuquerque). From there head west on US highway 60, and drive about 7 miles. Keep your eyes peeled left as you cross a bridge (you are driving over the bridge that goes over the canyon), and you will see The Box to your left. Just after crossing that bridge turn left onto a dirt road. You will see a sign for The Box. Follow the road over and then down the hill about 0.25 miles, take a left, and you will find parking for the northern Box areas. The southern and western Box areas are about a mile further down the road to the south.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Box Climbing Areas

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1- 5-
 22
Bitch Tits
Boulder
V1-2 5
 32
Pressure Drop
Boulder
V2 5+
 27
The Three Star V2
Boulder
V5 6C
 28
Rubber Walrus Protector
Boulder
V6 7A
 15
American Beauty
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 30
Red Wall
Trad 2 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 54
She Can Bolt
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 37
Unknown
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 66
Liberace's Anus
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 34
Barfly Blues
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 57
Juckets & Bugs
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 39
New Kids on the Block
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 42
Banana Peel
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 21
Bat out of Hell
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 19
The Demon
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bitch Tits Southern Box areas > Harmonica Convention…
 22
V1- 5- Boulder
Pressure Drop Southern Box areas > Unbeatable Boulder
 32
V1-2 5 Boulder
The Three Star V2 Southern Box areas > Harmonica Convention…
 27
V2 5+ Boulder
Rubber Walrus Protector Southern Box areas > Harmonica Convention…
 28
V5 6C Boulder
American Beauty Southern Box areas > Alf Rig
 15
V6 7A Boulder
Red Wall Northern Box areas > Red Wall
 30
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
She Can Bolt Southern Box areas > Major Wall
 54
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Unknown Northern Box areas > Hueco Wall
 37
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Liberace's Anus Southern Box areas > Major Wall
 66
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Barfly Blues Southern Box areas > Alcohol Wall South
 34
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Juckets & Bugs Southern Box areas > Major Wall
 57
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
New Kids on the Block Northern Box areas > Filet de Papillon Wal…
 39
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Banana Peel Southern Box areas > Major Wall
 42
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Bat out of Hell Southern Box areas > Major Wall
 21
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
The Demon Southern Box areas > Major Wall
 19
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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