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Waterfall Wall

New Mexico > Socorro Area > Box Climbing Areas > Northern Box areas
Access Issue: COVID-19 New Mexico Requirements - Updated Nov. 16, 2020 Details

Description

Sunny most of the day. Often has local climbers. This is a good beginning wall directly near the parking area. The rock is rhyolite, and is strong but occasionally sharp. It gets very hot in the sun since it is dark red to black.

Getting There

Once you park at Box Canyon, face east and you're looking right at it. It's named after the small waterfall on the right side of the wall (which is not flowing, just stained black from water that has run down it in the past).

Routes from Left to Right

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Pan of waterfall; trail is to right, not left
[Hide Photo] Pan of waterfall; trail is to right, not left
Mehran preparing to top out.
[Hide Photo] Mehran preparing to top out.
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Lauren finishing up one of the 5.7 routes on Waterfall wall.
[Hide Photo] Lauren finishing up one of the 5.7 routes on Waterfall wall.

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Nick Manke
Edgewood, NM
[Hide Comment] This is a good area for beginners. Route difficulty varies from about 5.5 to 5.11-5.12. Walk up around the top to set up the top rope. Be sure to bring runners to extend it over the edge. Nov 3, 2008
[Hide Comment] Fun climbs; lots of variation in skill; best part is the distance from car, being 100yds. All top rope on waterfall. Only complaint is giant annoying flies when more than 10 feet from wall. Apr 17, 2014
Andrew Ellis
Taos, NM
[Hide Comment] Does anyone know why these routes are no longer bolted for lead climbing? Is it an ethics issue, or did the hardware get old and just wasn't replaced?

Thanks! Jul 4, 2017
George Perkins
The Dungeon, NM
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Andrew B. Ellis wrote:Does anyone know why these routes are no longer bolted for lead climbing? Is it an ethics issue, or did the hardware get old and just wasn't replaced?
In the guidebook, which you should buy, it says the FA that bolted the climbs initially removed the hardware so he could use it at Enchanted Tower. This was in the 80s. Jul 6, 2017