Big Enchilada, The Rock Climbing
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On July 1, 2020, the New Mexico state governor issued an executive order (cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/…) requiring all visitors from out of state to self-isolate or self-quarantine for a period of at least 14 days from the date of their entry into the State of New Mexico or for the duration of their presence in the State, whichever is shorter. The terms "self-isolate" or "self-quarantine" refer the voluntary physical separation of a person or group of people in a residence or other place of lodging. Any person who is self-isolating or self-quarantining may only leave a residence or place of lodging to receive medical care and should not allow others into the residence or place of lodging except for those providing medical care, emergency response, or other individuals designated by the New Mexico Department of Health.
The executive order also closes all New Mexico State Parks to non-NM residents.
This Executive Order shall take effect on July 1, 2020 and shall remain in effect through the duration of the public health emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-004 and any extensions of that emergency declaration or until it is rescinded.
Additionally, NM state guidance requires all persons to wear a mask anytime they are out in public, including outdoor recreation areas.
The cliff has two aspects: one facing east, and one facing southwest; which is convenient to seek out shade or sun as desired.
The rock is generally of high quality basalt, although the cliffs have a few ledges making many of the routes not as sustained as trad routes at The Playground or the Old New Place. Some climbs in this area are among the finest crack climbs in White Rock.
You're unlikely to encounter crowds or other climbers at this area, as compared to more crowded White Rock cliffs.
A list of routes, with descriptions and ratings (but no photos) is found here:
The area is also described in the Rock Climbing: New Mexico and Jemez Rock guidebooks.
The East Face of the Big Enchilada is just to the north of the descent gully; the West face is just south and around the corner.
Classic Climbing Routes at Big Enchilada, The
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