Sitting Bull Falls Rock Climbing
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On July 1, 2020, the New Mexico state governor issued an executive order (cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/…) requiring all visitors from out of state to self-isolate or self-quarantine for a period of at least 14 days from the date of their entry into the State of New Mexico or for the duration of their presence in the State, whichever is shorter. The terms "self-isolate" or "self-quarantine" refer the voluntary physical separation of a person or group of people in a residence or other place of lodging. Any person who is self-isolating or self-quarantining may only leave a residence or place of lodging to receive medical care and should not allow others into the residence or place of lodging except for those providing medical care, emergency response, or other individuals designated by the New Mexico Department of Health.
The executive order also closes all New Mexico State Parks to non-NM residents.
This Executive Order shall take effect on July 1, 2020 and shall remain in effect through the duration of the public health emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-004 and any extensions of that emergency declaration or until it is rescinded.
Additionally, NM state guidance requires all persons to wear a mask anytime they are out in public, including outdoor recreation areas.
As for the climbing, expect few crowds and prevalent shade. The wall is north-facing and this area can be super cold in the winter. The Permian reef limestone is the highest quality limestone in the state of New Mexico and the climbing on the Big Horn Wall is reminiscent of limestone climbing in Spain.
Keep an eye out killer bee hives/activity between the Brit Route and Fire Water on the Rosebud Wall.
Because the area is a national recreation area, there's a 5$ per car day use fee payable via self-serve envelopes at the parking area.
Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area has strict opening and closing times and the closing time varies depending on the time of year:
April 1 to October 15 - 8:30am to 6:00pm hard closure time. Last vehicles allowed in at 5:00pm.
October 16 to March 31 - 8:30am to 5:00pm hard closure time. Last vehicles allowed in at 4:00pm.
All users of the area must be out of the area by the closure time. Allow yourself 15 to 20 minutes to hike out and get out.
From the self-service pay station, follow the concrete path SE toward the falls for about 30 yds, where a well-defined dirt path signed for the top of the waterfall branches off and up to the right. Ascend laboriously up the steep winding trail for a few minutes until it flattens out. After the trail levels out, the trail bends to the west, where a faint climber's trail diverges to the right. Take this faint trail over towards the wall. After ~20 yds you'll be looking across and down at the Rosebud Wall and Big Horn Wall. From here, there are two possible downclimbs to reach the cliff--one is 4th class (not recommended) and the other is a second-class trail down.
Classic Climbing Routes at Sitting Bull Falls
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