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Elevation: 1,602 ft 488 m
GPS: 30.5032, -98.8213
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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area consists of over 1600 acres on the Big Sandy Creek north of Fredericksburg. The actual Rock is a large, pink granite dome that covers over 640 acres. The major dome is over 425' high. According to the Texas Parks Service, the dome itself is one of the largest Pink Granite batholiths uncovered by erosion in the US. A second dome lies next to the main dome, both of which are surrounded by smaller formations. In the park, you'll find tons of established bolted and traditional routes including aid routes that go up to A3. In addition, for those who love to hump pads, there is bouldering aplenty on the eratics surrounding the main domes.

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17 miles outside of Fredericksburg via Ranch Road 965. Or take Highway 16 south for 14 miles from Llano and the Ranch Road 965 west to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

Fees and Camping

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The park is open year round except when public hunts take place (typically in the fall or winter, but check the calendar of events or call the park ahead to inquire). The entry fee is $7/person per day and is required in addition to any camping fees outlined below. Keep in mind that this park IS VERY POPULAR and that it does frequently reach maximum capacity in terms of parking and available space. So, if you want to get in, plan on getting there early, especially on weekends.Excellent walk-in sites are available. These sites have tent pads, fire rings, and picnic tables. Restrooms, showers and water are within easy reach of each of the camping areas. Fees for the walk in sites are $15/night (as of April 2008; check TPWD's fee site for most current fees) with a maximum of 8 campers allowed at a single site. There are 46 sites available, all of which fill up fast, so reserve a site well in advance if you are planning on staying overnight at the park.In addition, primitive sites (requiring a 1 to 3 mile hike) are available. These sites are $10/night for a maximum of four people per site. There are a 20 spaces located in each of the three available primitive areas. The primitive sites have access to outdoor toilets. Pets are allowed in the primitive areas. No water is available in these areas and fires not permitted.As of February 2019, you need an advanced reservation for entry to the park. You now need to reserve your day pass. This is very important on busy weekends through Spring and Fall dates. The alert on web page, "We have a very high volume of visitors on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and school breaks. We close when we reach capacity. You can purchase “Save the Day” passes up to 30 days before your visit with the new state parks reservation system. Passes may only be available online during busy times. If you come without an entrance pass, watch for flashing yellow lights along the highway that will signal closures due to capacity, weather or other emergencies.  Get updates on our Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Guides and Resources

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The original guide by Robert Price, Scott Harris and James Crump, The Dome Driver's Manual has been reprinted and is available at Crux Climbing Center, Texas Rock Gym, Whole Earth Provisions and REI.  It is also still possible to find used copies. However, Sean Grady recently published a updated guide to E-Rock called Enchanted Rock: A Climber's Guide;Detail=1892540304 which contains over 300 routes and 150 boulder problems. In addition, you can find topos of routes at E-Rock at ERockOnlinedotcom as well as an overview of the climbing areas and information concerning recreation and camping on the TPWD site.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

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V0+ 4+
 17
Breaking Out
Trad, Boulder
V2-3 5+
 37
Zanzibar
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 170
Cave Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 215
Sweat
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 127
Owl Crack
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 44
Motorboat
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 69
Orange Peel
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 76
Top Choice
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 30
Stranger Than Friction
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 104
Fear of Flying
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 27
Scrambled Egg Sandwich
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
 46
Clockwerk Orange
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 17
False Determination
Trad
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 16
Ding Dongs and Taco Sauce
Trad, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a X
 5
Gravitron
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Breaking Out Little Dome > Kingdom of Zilch > Lower Balcony
 17
V0+ 4+ Trad, Boulder
Zanzibar Little Dome > Kingdom of Zilch > Sci-Fi wall
 37
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Cave Crack Echo Canyon > Orange Peel Area
 170
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Sweat Main Dome > News Wall
 215
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Owl Crack Echo Canyon > Triple Cracks Sanctuary
 127
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Motorboat Echo Canyon > Motorboat Rock
 44
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Orange Peel Echo Canyon > Orange Peel Area
 69
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Top Choice Little Dome > Carnivore Boulders
 76
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Stranger Than Friction Main Dome > Shield
 30
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Fear of Flying Buzzard's Roost > E Face of Buzzard's R…
 104
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Scrambled Egg Sandwich Little Dome > Kingdom of Zilch > the Kingdom
 27
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Clockwerk Orange Echo Canyon > Orange Peel Area
 46
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R Sport
False Determination Little Dome > Kingdom of Zilch > Ziltch Wall
 17
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Ding Dongs and Taco Sauce Main Dome > Main Dome South > Frontside Boulders
 16
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Trad, TR
Gravitron Main Dome > Shield
 5
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a X Trad, TR
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