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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
 188
Plumbers Crack (North side chimney)
Boulder
V0-1 4+
 254
Poker Chips
Boulder
V1 5 R
 99
Perfect Poser
Boulder
V1 5
 80
Monkey Crack
Boulder
V2 5+
 375
Potato Chips
Boulder
V2 5+
 285
Monkey Bar
Boulder
V2 5+ R
 115
Plumber's Crack
Boulder
V3 6A
 79
The Clam Bumper
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 101
Jenna's Jewelry
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 112
Jones'n
Boulder
V5- 6C
 212
The Pearl
Boulder
V5 6C
 104
Hyperglide (aka Monkey Pinch)
Boulder
V6 7A
 70
Monkey Bar Traverse
Boulder
V6 7A
 94
Classic Monkey
Boulder
V6 7A
 51
Vino Rojo
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Plumbers Crack (North side… Plumber's Crack
 188
V0 4 R Boulder
Poker Chips Potato Chip
 254
V0-1 4+ Boulder
Perfect Poser Cube Area > Cube
 99
V1 5 R Boulder
Monkey Crack Monkey Bar Boulder
 80
V1 5 Boulder
Potato Chips Potato Chip
 375
V2 5+ Boulder
Monkey Bar Monkey Bar Boulder
 285
V2 5+ Boulder
Plumber's Crack Plumber's Crack
 115
V2 5+ R Boulder
The Clam Bumper Pearl
 79
V3 6A Boulder
Jenna's Jewelry Pearl
 101
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Jones'n Burnout Boulder
 112
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
The Pearl Pearl
 212
V5- 6C Boulder
Hyperglide (aka Monkey Pinch) Monkey Bar Boulder
 104
V5 6C Boulder
Monkey Bar Traverse Monkey Bar Boulder
 70
V6 7A Boulder
Classic Monkey Monkey Bar Boulder
 94
V6 7A Boulder
Vino Rojo Bathtub Boulder
 51
V6 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
Schook
las vegas
Schook   las vegas
A parking area is supposably being built on the west side of the cul-de-sac....more info as it becomes available. May 10, 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
John Wilder
Las Vegas, NV
John Wilder   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
John Wilder
Las Vegas, NV
John Wilder   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
Crimp Nasty
Chosstown, USA
Crimp Nasty   Chosstown, USA
Found a small pad with a headlamp on the trail out last night... Hit me up with a description of the items if they are yours. Sep 20, 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 everyone! Busy weekend! Found a Patagonia puffy near Ultimate Grandstaff this Saturday (11/11). Shoot me an email (brandondawes@yahoo.com) and describe it, then I'll try and ship it to ya! Nov 12, 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
Hello everyone! At the Kraft boulders yesterday. Lost a women’s pink and white La Sportiva Solution climbing shoe size 36. If found, please contact at lgorlick@msn.com or phone 907 9471245. Much appreciated! Nov 26, 2017
Found an Apple Watch today. If it’s yours hit me up with the description and I am happy to ship it to you samwellis95@gmail.com Mar 16, 2018