Elevation: 6,686 ft
GPS: 35.558, -108.602 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Camster (Rhymes with Hamster) on Jun 19, 2007 with improvements by David Miller
Admins: Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski, Jason Halladay

Description

A two-pitch tower along I-40, that has a classic route on it. It has appeared on the cover of numerous general travel guides to NM.

Getting There

The best way to access the base of Churchrock is from Red Rock State Park, in the town of Churchrock just off I-40 east of Gallup. Leave the interstate at exit 26 (if coming from the west) or exit 33 (if coming from the east) and follow the frontage road and signs to Red Rock State Park. The trail starts from the Post Office in the park (not the Pyramid Trail). Park your car at the Post Office and walk north towards the redrock; you'll see the trail sign. The trail is marked along its length with LARGE cairns (thanks to Gallup YCC) and winds generally north through the gullies. After about a mile, the main trail bends east and heads away from Churchrock, following a prominent bench of pink rimrock. There is a small side trail marked with a small cairn that splits off at this point to head directly towards Churchrock. Follow this trail; it dissolves into a maze of animal tracks, but will eventually lead you past the west side of Churchrock. Circle around and scramble up easy slickrock (2nd class max) on the north side to access the tower. This approach takes maybe 30-40 mins if you don't get lost. It also allows you to stay on public land rather than traipsing through private property, so PLEASE go this way. (Per comment below from Alex Nees)

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