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GPS: 36.157, -115.421 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: mtoensing on Mar 28, 2007
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Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details
Access Issue: Kraft Boulders parking Details

Description

The Kraft Boulders are located before the Red Rocks Visitors center. Great Boulders outside of a residential area. Hundreds of problems from V0 to V10. The very first boulder is called the Cube and it is hard to miss considering its size. The cube is about 25 ft. with a many routes including Agent orange (V8). There is a rap anchor on the north side of the boulder if you get sketched out down climbing the V3.

IMPORTANT: Waste bags are provided by the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council in order to reduce human waste issues at the crags and boulders. Please feel free to take one, use as directed, and dispose of in any trash receptacle. Please do not leave them lying around, and do not throw them in the toilets at the parking areas. The project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club's Cornerstone Conservation Grant, with additional funding from the Access Fund and Mountain Gear. Please do your part to be a good steward of this amazing climbing area.

Getting There

From Vegas, take highway 159 past the campground but not quite to the visitors center. Take the right turn to red springs. You will wind through a neighborhood but keep going straight on the main road. The road will have a pull off for a trailhead which is popular but go right and straight down that road. The road has a dead end with gray rock on both sides of the road, park here. Take the trail in front of you. From there the trail takes you to the boulders in about a minute or two depending on how fast you walk.

Access Alert

There are boulders in this area with archeological significance-- the Caliman boulder in particular. Please be mindful of rock art and be aware that it is illegal to climb within 50' of petroglyphs. Note also that the BLM is considering possible closures in this area, and being mindful of access issues can help keep the boulder open for climbing.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Kraft Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4 R
 219
Plumbers Crack (North side chimney)
Boulder
V0-1 4+
 274
Poker Chips
Boulder
V1 5 R
 112
Perfect Poser
Boulder
V1 5
 94
Monkey Crack
Boulder
V2 5+
 408
Potato Chips
Boulder
V2 5+
 329
Monkey Bar
Boulder
V2 5+ R
 138
Plumber's Crack
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 114
Jenna's Jewelry
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 135
Jones'n
Boulder
V5 6C
 240
The Pearl
Boulder
V5 6C
 128
Hyperglide (aka Monkey Pinch)
Boulder
V6 7A
 77
Monkey Bar Traverse
Boulder
V6 7A
 106
Classic Monkey
Boulder
V6 7A
 59
Vino Rojo
Boulder
V7 7A+
 60
Angel Dyno
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Plumbers Crack (North side… Plumber's Crack
 219
V0 4 R Boulder
Poker Chips Potato Chip
 274
V0-1 4+ Boulder
Perfect Poser Cube Area > Cube
 112
V1 5 R Boulder
Monkey Crack Monkey Bar Boulder
 94
V1 5 Boulder
Potato Chips Potato Chip
 408
V2 5+ Boulder
Monkey Bar Monkey Bar Boulder
 329
V2 5+ Boulder
Plumber's Crack Plumber's Crack
 138
V2 5+ R Boulder
Jenna's Jewelry Pearl
 114
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Jones'n Burnout Boulder
 135
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
The Pearl Pearl
 240
V5 6C Boulder
Hyperglide (aka Monkey Pinch) Monkey Bar Boulder
 128
V5 6C Boulder
Monkey Bar Traverse Monkey Bar Boulder
 77
V6 7A Boulder
Classic Monkey Monkey Bar Boulder
 106
V6 7A Boulder
Vino Rojo Bathtub Boulder
 59
V6 7A Boulder
Angel Dyno Angel Dyno
 60
V7 7A+ Boulder
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rex parker
las vegas n.v
rex parker   las vegas n.v
Recently the residents of Calico have put up signs in the cul-de-sac, that tell people not to park in the very end of the cul-de-sac so please don't, just park before the signs, be courteous and don't taunt the labs! Apr 23, 2007
chris tregge
Beersconsin
chris tregge   Beersconsin  
Use the parking lot for Cannibal Crag and walk on the road that goes directly 'right' from the parking on the map (thanks for posting that) and you go down into a gulley and back out, if you keep heading straight you come to the Cube. Angle to the right if you want to go towards Potato Chip or Pearl boulders, etc. The bouldering guidebook available at the Red Rock visitor center is good. Nov 12, 2007
J W
Las Vegas, NV
J W   Las Vegas, NV
On 5/12/11, the LVCLC and the BLM did a major repair and re-routing of the Kraft Boulders trail as it leaves the parking lot. Please use the new trail (well defined by post/cable entry and fully rock lined patch) and let the old one return to its pre-trail condition.

The trail was re-routed to help prevent erosion and to keep people from using the old trail. May 12, 2011
Adam T.
San Diego, CA
Adam T.   San Diego, CA
Pretty sure these are the coordinates for the parking lot: 36.156848,-115.420282

Please correct me if I'm wrong. Coordinates are so much easier than vague directions, without street names, in areas that are continually being developed. Hopefully this will save people some time. Apr 24, 2013
WadeC  
What time are the gates locked at the Kraft lot? With the warmer weather it would be nice to boulder after dark.
Thank you Mar 7, 2016
J W
Las Vegas, NV
J W   Las Vegas, NV
Calico Basin is considered a day use area. Officially, you're not supposed to be in Kraft after dark and your vehicle would be subject to a fine or being towed, depending on the residents mood and the responding officer. Mar 7, 2016
There are missing boulders on here. West side boulders need some love! Nothing for the 'Heart and Sole', 'Sorange', or the 'Spitting Venom' boulders. Mar 13, 2017
agreed with above. West Side boulders have some fun climbs and need some attention on here. Mar 19, 2017
Hi guys,

First time bouldering in the US. Usually climb in Australia. Just started researching and need som tips!

- required to pay park fees? Prebook visit to park?
- best spot to camp around red rocks? Required to prebook?
- What's the conditions like usually in November?
- how busy does the bouldering area get on the weekends?

Cheers
Hanna Oct 29, 2017
Hey guys. I will be in red rocks in December and want to do plumbers crack and some other craft boulders. Does anyone have any recommendations on easy top rope locations close by i can set up for everyone else in my group? Thanks! Nov 23, 2017
RED ROCKS BOULDERING - KRAFT MINI-GUIDE

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While preparing for a trip with my son for his first outdoor bouldering session in Red Rocks, I put this little bouldering guide together to help us get around. After our visit, I updated with pictures / topos from our trip. I hope that this helps make your first trips fun, easy and safe. Cheers! Mar 11, 2019
MStarr  
Left a black pixel phone near buttcrack yesterday 3/17. If anybody found it, I would be psyched to pay for shipping back to my home in Phoenix AZ :) 4 days ago · Lost & Found