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Elevation: 1,787 ft 545 m
GPS: 36.0118, -93.2922
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Horseshoe Canyon Ranch (HCR) offers some of the finest sandstone in Arkansas with nearly 420 routes ranging from 5.5 to 5.14. The majority of the routes are fully bolted sport climbs, but there are also many fine trad routes and a plethora of good boulder problems. The cracks at the Ranch are some of the best in Arkansas and will challenge even the saltiest of crack masters.

Surreal sandstone climbing in a spectacular setting with all the amenities of a four-star dude ranch make this one of the most unique and enjoyable crags you'll ever visit.

The Buffalo River is on the other side of 74 hwy. Hit the BRT, a 40 mile hiking trail. Ponca offers rentals of kayak, canoe, and rafts, or bring your own and float the Buffalo - one of the only pristine rivers in a national park not crowded with houses and other nonsense. There are cliffs along the Buffalo that beg to be climbed, so bring your synthetic shoes.

Camping is $5 per night, climbing is $11 per day. Restrooms, sinks, and token showers were added in 2012, making this a great base for multi-day excursions. Cabins are also available on site for varying prices. You need to reserve these in advance.  

Sign in at the Trading Post when you pull in and check out the gear, grab some coffee, even scarf a burrito. HCR also offers shoe rentals.

DOGS NOT ALLOWED.

Getting There Suggest change

HCR is located approximately 7.0 miles west of Jasper and 6.5 miles east of Ponca on the south side of State Highway 74. Jasper is approximately 25 miles south of Harrison and 65 miles north of Russellville on Scenic State Highway 7.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V4 6B
 255
Dig Dug
Boulder
V5 6C
 173
Warbonnet
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 419
Cotton Candy
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 590
Green Goblin
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 357
Swamp Rat
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 181
Hackberry Crack
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 415
Orange Crush
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 242
Dancing Outlaw
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 280
Commodus
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 244
Learning to Fly
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 476
Crimp Scampi
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 407
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 169
Taliban Soup
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 204
Big Top
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 195
Fat Hand
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dig Dug W Side > Idaho Boulders > Loaf Boulder
 255
V4 6B Boulder
Warbonnet W Side > Idaho Boulders > Crescent/War Bonnet Area
 173
V5 6C Boulder
Cotton Candy N Side > N Forty Routes
 419
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Green Goblin N Side > N Forty Routes
 590
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Swamp Rat E Side > Cliffs of Insanity
 357
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Hackberry Crack W Side > Walls Of Moria
 181
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Orange Crush E Side > Far East
 415
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Dancing Outlaw N Side > N Forty Routes
 242
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Commodus E Side > Roman Wall
 280
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Learning to Fly W Side > Prophecy Wall
 244
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Crimp Scampi N Side > N Forty Routes
 476
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades E Side > Far East
 407
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Taliban Soup W Side > Prophecy Wall
 169
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Big Top N Side > N Forty Routes
 204
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Fat Hand N Side > N Forty Routes
 195
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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