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The Anvil Boulders

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Description

The Anvil Boulders make up one of the best bouldering sites in all of Sedona. A short approach and bomber sandstone makes the problems fun.

Getting There

The Anvil Rock area is located at the north end of Sedona off Highway 89A. Park at the first pullout on the west side of the highway after leaving town. From here, cross the road, jump the barrier and scramble down the steep slope below. Cross Oak Creek at the lowest looking spot then walk east for about three minutes to the boulders. The Anvil Rock sport climbs are located on the cliff band 3 minutes uphill from the boulders.

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Approach info from Schnebly Hill Rd.:
Park at the parking area for the Huckaby and Marg's Draw trails. Follow the Huckaby trail through the river bed. Continue up the hill until there's a dead tree lying across a (non)trail at a right hairpin turn in the Huckaby trail. Walk around the dead tree and follow this (non)trail around the hill. Continue picking your way around and a bit uphill to reach the other side of the hill and find a trail leading through bushes and over a barb-wire fence. This leads down to the dike, upon which the trail to the boulders is easily followed. Takes about 25 min.

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Rough map of the Anvils
[Hide Photo] Rough map of the Anvils
Nuria bouldering on one of the many quality problems!
[Hide Photo] Nuria bouldering on one of the many quality problems!
One of the Anvil Boulders at sunset. A hand full of tall problems summit this boulder, including the Nopinyon Arete on the left, and Wordman, the arete partially obscured by the tree.
[Hide Photo] One of the Anvil Boulders at sunset. A hand full of tall problems summit this boulder, including the Nopinyon Arete on the left, and Wordman, the arete partially obscured by the tree.
Gorgeous rock, rad climb, unsure of route.
[Hide Photo] Gorgeous rock, rad climb, unsure of route.
Great view from every top out.
[Hide Photo] Great view from every top out.
Darrell making short work of a short problem.
[Hide Photo] Darrell making short work of a short problem.
Yes, you have to walk through this, but the rewards are great.
[Hide Photo] Yes, you have to walk through this, but the rewards are great.
Nuria sampling some fine sandstone bouldering.
[Hide Photo] Nuria sampling some fine sandstone bouldering.
Anvil Boulders old Vertical Relief topo
[Hide Photo] Anvil Boulders old Vertical Relief topo
easy line nearby free willy and laser cut
[Hide Photo] easy line nearby free willy and laser cut
brett on one of the bigger boulders at the anvils
[Hide Photo] brett on one of the bigger boulders at the anvils
Watching the sunset after a great day of bouldering.
[Hide Photo] Watching the sunset after a great day of bouldering.

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
[Hide Comment] I've changed the names of several recently added problems from "unknown" to simple numbers. If anyone out there knows more about these lines, and especially the proper names, please let us know in the comments of those lines. As always, historical info is much appreciated. Jul 9, 2014
ravisurdhar Surdhar
Phoenix, CO
[Hide Comment] This area isn't too hard to find, if you know where to look. The GPS coordinates were off by almost a mile, causing us to get lost and bushwack around for a few hours before finding it! I've moved the coordinates so they're right on top of the Alien Baby boulder now: 34 52' 20.0"N, 111 45' 13.9"W, or 34.872222, -111.753861.

The pullout on the left you want to park at is dirt and can maybe fit about 3-4 cars max. It's just prior to some therapy place on the right side of the road. Google Maps shows it at the intersection of 89A and Loma Casa Ln. Scramble down the slope (it's only about 20 ft high) and cross the creek wherever looks good, then look for cairns heading SSE. You should run into what looks like an old concrete path; the boulders are just E of that. Nov 2, 2014
[Hide Comment] The parking area is just south of mile marker 375. Feb 26, 2015
Shawn Heath
Forchheim, DE
[Hide Comment] Approach info from Schnebly Hill Rd.:
Park at the parking area for the Huckaby and Marg's Draw trails. Follow the Huckaby trail through the river bed. Continue up the hill until there's a dead tree lying across a (non)trail at a right hairpin turn in the Huckaby trail. Walk around the dead tree and follow this (non)trail around the hill. Continue picking your way around and a bit uphill to reach the other side of the hill and find a trail leading through bushes and over a barb-wire fence. This leads down to the dike, upon which the trail to the boulders is easily followed. Takes about 25 min. Apr 13, 2015
Shawn Heath
Forchheim, DE
[Hide Comment] Would somebody please draw up a layout of the boulders and the problems on them? Apr 13, 2015
BCramer
Prescott
[Hide Comment] Something I picked up in Flag about 100 years ago. It's a copy of a bad copy.
Jun 10, 2016
Jeremy Chipps
Kernersville, NC
[Hide Comment] BEWARE OF SNAKES! This is an awesome bouldering location and I had a blast on my road-trip through the area. I also encountered a gnarly snake. I used Google Lens to identify it and says it's a "Crotalus Molossus" - a venomous pit viper species of rattlesnake.

I love snakes, so I was actually excited to see such a beast so close, but I also almost got bit by it. I was reaching for a small rock on the ground to prop up my phone when I saw it just inches from where my hand was reaching. I backed away quickly and marveled from a safe distance.

It was towards the top of the boulders closer to the big wall and was near one of the big slabby boulders, but I didn't know exactly what all I was climbing. I'm very thankful that he or she decided not to bite me. I think they were napping. Hope this doesn't discourage you in any way, but just reminds you to be very aware out there! Go climb! May 1, 2019
Austin Kaiser
Flagstaff, AZ
[Hide Comment] Hey everyone,

With some Admin help I was able to sort the problems by boulder... which has been a request of a lot of people for a long time. Hopefully this makes the page more user-friendly and the boulder pile easier to navigate!

Austin May 8, 2019
[Hide Comment] Nice work Austin! May 25, 2019
[Hide Comment] I only got a brief look/feel here, but I was super impressed! Basically a tiny Joe's valley, with beautiful and unique features. Jun 24, 2019