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Shared By: manuel rangel on Feb 17, 2006 with improvements by Sam Elander
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Desert domes of quartz monzonite on a ridge that rises from west to east. Rock quality is similar to Joshua Tree and approaches are varied, with some house-sized boulders complicating the approaches to the higher domes. Bounded on the south by Grapevine Canyon, a popular hike, and on the north by the road to Christmas Tree Pass, the area sees very few visitors. First developed in 1978, it has seen little traffic since then. It is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Getting There

Located just 5 miles west (uphill) of Laughlin, NV off Highway 163, look for a signed dirt road (Christmas Tree Pass) on the right if coming from Laughlin. Turn right onto Christmas Tree Pass. Drive about 5-10 minutes passing Grapevine Canyon on your left, Sacatone Wash on the left, Piper Wash on your right, continue driving until you go down into a valley filled with granite-monozite on your left. Depending on what formation you are climbing you will want to park at different pullouts. Note: The main parking for Dali Dome/Frock Rock is on the left with a broken yellow gate.

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A great area to explore, to say the very least.

Don't forget to stop off in CalNevAri at their restaurant (bar, and casino). A favorite hang-out over the years on my desert runs. Their food is yummy, and they make many of their food items from scratch. FYI: may be more crowded on some weekends due to "Fly-Ins." A friendly bunch though. Mar 12, 2008
FYI: Most of the 30 or so routes that have been done at Christmas Tree Pass since 1976 - including Manny Rangel's - are posted at: rockclimbing.com/routes/Nor…

I just posted some photos on the Mountain Project site, but it's too much trouble to re-post all of the routes.

Andy Solow, San Francisco, CA Oct 18, 2009
meghan c.
el paso, tx
meghan c.   el paso, tx
Weekend trips to X-mas Tree Pass? I live nearby and would love to climb here this winter. PM me if you'd like to climb here or other areas in this patch of desert. Nov 26, 2009
Durham, NC
russellHOBART   Durham, NC
Great bad weather alternative to Red Rocks

We got snowed out in Red Rocks and this made for an adventure. It's not for the faint of heart. Every route we did (only 5 routes) peeled through layers of rock like an onion. Think of it as having the technical aspects of slab climbing with the flying projectile fun of ice climbing. That said we had a fantastic time and being granite we didn't have to wait for it to dry out after the rain. I'm trying to organize this section on MP and I don't know much about the area so if any locals have suggestions let me know. Feb 5, 2010
Las Vegas, NV
J W   Las Vegas, NV

Please be aware that there is currently a draft wilderness management plan in effect for this area and that it is currently ILLEGAL to place new bolts in the area!

If you climb here, please contact myself or the LVCLC ASAP! We need your input and help to protect this climbing resource! Apr 22, 2010
Been going there since 2002, and have helped with a lot of bolt replacement. There's quite a lot of new bolts in place. H and R Block, and Dali Dome have had the really bad ones replaced over the last few years.

Lots of routes, the page here barely scratches the surface. There's bad rock, and really good rock. Some very outstanding routes here, just a matter of finding them. Dec 5, 2013
bolder city
sonvclimbing   bolder city
WARNING: this place is very much so, not dog friendly due to all the cholla cactus. Mar 11, 2014

There is another draft management plan that proposes to restrict climbing here as well as remove climbs and bolts. Please comment by March 23 deadline. Go to the Access Fund Current Issues webpage to comment. Mar 13, 2014
manuel rangel
manuel rangel   Arizona
I have done some climbing in this area and it is worth keeping open for climbing. Not all the cracks are clean enough to climb. There is a ton of climbing potential and quite a bit of bolt protected face.

To make your voice heard, please follow this link asap: accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLr… Mar 13, 2014
Red Rock, NV
BigB   Red Rock, NV
any new news on xmas tree? Sep 13, 2017
manuel rangel
manuel rangel   Arizona
XTP climbing plan was finalized. Bolted routes remain as is and bolt removal triggers a collaborative effort. Continue climbing and post pics! I'll look for a link. Oct 6, 2017
Sam Elander
Bullhead City, AZ
Sam Elander   Bullhead City, AZ
And the Surprise face coordinates.

rockclimbing.com/routes/Nor… Sep 12, 2018