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Elevation: 6,979 ft 2,127 m
GPS: 35.67439, -105.94865
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Santa Fe, a major tourist destination, the oldest capital city in the US, offers a wealth of cultural and outdoor experiences, and a wide variety of year-round climbing.

The nearest areas are:
* Diablo Canyon - basalt sport and trad
* Cochiti Mesa - once-famous pocket sport climbing
* The Pecos - granite sport cragging

Other areas with 1 hour include:
* El Rito - cobble-y sport and easy 2-pitch trad
* Taos - various types, sport & trad
* White Rock - basalt sport and trad
* Palomas Peak - limestone sport
* The Sandias - mostly multipitch trad
Seek out the sunny cliffs of areas like Diablo and Cochiti in the colder months; in the summer, head to the shaded valley of the Pecos or the shady cliffs at Diablo and Eagle Canyon.

Camping The areas near most of the crags (Diablo, Cochiti) provide low-key opportunities for dirtbagging on public land. Be aware that the Pecos River Canyon has seen a lot of impact from camping. Lodging at various levels of luxury can be had in Santa Fe.

Climbing Gym The Santa Fe Climbing Center (SFCC) offers indoor climbing for the evenings and the cold,snowy days in the winter. The SFCC has a very friendly and knowledgeable staff and also offers outdoor guiding at local areas.

Gear The Santa Fe Climbing Center offers an ever-expanding selection of climbing gear including Black Diamond, Petzl and La Sportiva. The Santa Fe REI also has a decent selection of climbing gear.

Santa Fe Crags, bouldering, and alpine Suggest change

- Truchas Peaks: The Truchas Peaks area of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico offers a high abundance of quality, secluded hiking and mountain adventure.

- Diablo Canyon: Single to multi-pitch, sport and trad, less than vertical to overhanging. A nice variety of climbing on excellent to poor quality basalt.

- Capulin Canyon and Cochiti Mesa Area Crags: Think vertical pockets and monos. Technical climbing away from the crowds on a former destination sport climbing area.

- Pecos River Canyon: Picturesque granite crag northeast of Santa Fe, NM.

- Apache Canyon (a.k.a. Grasshopper Canyon) Bouldering: A large overhanging chunk of sandstone with at least 20 different variations. Just 20 minutes outside of Santa Fe.

Getting There

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Head north of Albuquerque on I-25, you can't miss Santa Fe, the Capital of New Mexico!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Santa Fe Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 256
Post Moderate
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 109
Naked Lunch
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 154
Grape Ape
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 46
Evil Paradise
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 75
Affirmative Action
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 65
Blind Faith
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 86
Top Gun
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
 44
Sun Devil
Sport 3 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 50
Bedeviled
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 96
Pale Face
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 38
Aerostar
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 28
Astro Devil
Sport 3 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 40
Bush in a Blender
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 56
Clovis Hunter
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 25
The Book of Souls
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Post Moderate Diablo Canyon > Winter Wall
 256
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Naked Lunch Diablo Canyon > Winter Wall
 109
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Grape Ape Diablo Canyon > Winter Wall
 154
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Evil Paradise Diablo Canyon > Grotto > Top of the Grotto (Oj…
 46
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Affirmative Action Diablo Canyon > Grotto > Grotto Left (E Side)
 75
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Blind Faith Diablo Canyon > Winter Wall
 65
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Top Gun Diablo Canyon > Early Wall > Runway (Lower Tier)
 86
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Sun Devil Diablo Canyon > Sun Devil Wall
 44
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Sport 3 pitches
Bedeviled Diablo Canyon > Grotto > Grotto Left (E Side)
 50
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Pale Face Diablo Canyon > Winter Wall
 96
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Aerostar Diablo Canyon > Early Wall > Runway (Lower Tier)
 38
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Astro Devil Diablo Canyon > Sun Devil Wall
 28
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport 3 pitches
Bush in a Blender Diablo Canyon > Grotto > Grotto Left (E Side)
 40
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Clovis Hunter Diablo Canyon > Solar Cave
 56
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Book of Souls Diablo Canyon > Grotto > Grotto Left (E Side)
 25
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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