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Boxcar, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Dihedrals 3 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Dos XX 3 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Elementary Wall 0 / 1 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Gold Wall 1 / 2 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Gullies, The 1 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Ken's Face 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Sweet Sandstone 3 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
X Rock 5 / 1 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Elevation: 6,812 ft
GPS: 37.311, -107.861 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 53,022 total · 351/month
Shared By: Grant Bryans on May 1, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

X-Rock is probably the most used crag in Durango. Located just outside of town, this area offers everything from slab to crack climbs, sport, trad, and bouldering. A lot of local guiding companies like to use X rock to teach people how to climb. Like most of the area in Durango the rock in soft sandstone (though it does take gear well), but unlike East Animas the approach is flat and quick.

Getting There

Go north on US Highway 550 you can park in the little parking lot just past the speed limit 55 sign (turn right). Per Matthias Holladay: turn left before the old La Plata Community Hospital and go up the driveway to the base of the slope. Look for X-Rock Parking signs to the left.

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Classic Climbing Routes at X Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A
 7
Durango Kid
Boulder
V4 6B
 9
Shark's Tooth
Boulder
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
 22
The School Room
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 17
Jay's Route
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 17
Turnaround Crack
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 48
Left X
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 21
Monkey Hang
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 31
Red Book
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 21
Horse Trough
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 40
The Itch
TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 11
Green Wall
TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 22
Last Tango in Durango
TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 7
Jim's Route
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 51
Gold Wall
Sport, TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 6
The Morgue
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Durango Kid Boxcar
 7
V3 6A Boulder
Shark's Tooth Boxcar
 9
V4 6B Boulder
The School Room X Rock
 22
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad, TR
Jay's Route Dos XX
 17
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Turnaround Crack Gullies
 17
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Left X X Rock
 48
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Monkey Hang X Rock
 21
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Red Book X Rock
 31
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Horse Trough Gold Wall
 21
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
The Itch Gold Wall
 40
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a TR
Green Wall X Rock
 11
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a TR
Last Tango in Durango Elementary Wall
 22
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Jim's Route Dos XX
 7
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Gold Wall Gold Wall
 51
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport, TR
The Morgue Elementary Wall
 6
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, TR
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Kevin Sainio
Durango, CO
Kevin Sainio   Durango, CO
A huge thank you goes out to everyone who on October 30th, participated in the first Rock the X day. Rock the X was a day of trail maintenance, garbage clean up, and anchor replacement at Durango's most popular climbing area. Due to everyone involved, there is now a sweet new trail leading from the dirt parking lot to the base of Gold wall all the way out to Ken's Face. Many of the routes that previously had no permanent anchors now do and the place is now trash free. Sponsors of the event included Kling Mountain Guides, Backcountry Experience, Pine Needle Mountaineering, Gardenshwartz Outdoors, Fort Lewis College's Outdoor Pursuits, San Juan College's Outdoor Leadership program, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the Access fund, Trails 2000, Ska Brewing, and Evolv Climbing Shoes, and more!! A special thank you goes out to Josh, owner of Kling Mountain Guides for organizing the event.



Nov 3, 2010
eli poss
Durango, Co
eli poss   Durango, Co
Bootied a stuck cam on the left X yesterday, PM me with what it is, and I'll get it back to you. May 24, 2015
eli poss
Durango, Co
eli poss   Durango, Co
Thank you very much to who ever did the road and trail work at X-Rock. That road desperately needed some attention. It is greatly appreciated! Next time there is trail work being done, please post something up here. I'd love to help. Sep 17, 2015
eli poss
Durango, Co
eli poss   Durango, Co
To the jerk who left a huge mess of chalk all over the gullies and the school room face:

It would be greatly appreciated if you would refrain from leaving piles of chalk and excessive tick marks all over the gullies and the school room face and clean up your mess. If you spill your chalk, please use some water from your water bottle to clean it up, rather than smearing it all over the face. At the very least, an apology would be nice.

It is very unsightly and completely out of character for the gullies and the schoolroom. If you're too lazy to clean up after yourself, please go climbing at Golf Wall or the gym where it is acceptable to leave excessive chalk stains and tick marks. Just because it's a climbing area doesn't mean that is acceptable; not all of us use chalk, and some of us dislike the feel of it. Oct 12, 2015
Gneiss Yeti
Denver, Colorado
Gneiss Yeti   Denver, Colorado
Found a Grigri at the base of one of the cliffs. Email me if you lost one. Jul 3, 2016
Tim Matthews
Durango, CO
Tim Matthews   Durango, CO
About a week ago I saw that two of the three bolts at the top of Right X were spinning and the hanger holding the chain at the very top of the X was getting loose. If some kind soul has the tools to tighten them, we'd all appreciate it! May 23, 2017
Went to X Rock yesterday and found a new bolted route on the far right of the sweet sandstone area. Can’t find it on here or in the local guidebook. Does anyone know anything about it? Seemed about 5.6/7. Sep 12, 2018 · Temporary Report

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