Elevation: 6,980 ft
GPS: 35.674, -105.949 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Anthony Stout on Nov 7, 2008
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
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Description

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

- 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

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

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 72
Drunk Rednecks with Golf Clubs
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 88
Hellboy
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 165
Post Moderate
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 61
Naked Lunch
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 49
Class Act
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 61
Waiting to Procrastinate
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 81
Good
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 93
Grape Ape
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 33
Evil Paradise
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 54
Evil
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 47
Affirmative Action
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 50
Top Gun
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 50
Pale Face
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 41
Lucy
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 41
Clovis Hunter
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Drunk Rednecks with Golf Clubs Diablo Canyon > Early Wall > Runway (Lower Tier)
 72
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Hellboy Diablo Canyon > Winter Wall
 88
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Post Moderate Diablo Canyon > Winter Wall
 165
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Naked Lunch Diablo Canyon > Winter Wall
 61
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Class Act Diablo Canyon > Grotto > Grotto Right (W Side)
 49
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Waiting to Procrastinate Diablo Canyon > Grotto > Grotto Left (E Side)
 61
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Good Diablo Canyon > Grotto > Grotto Left (E Side)
 81
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Grape Ape Diablo Canyon > Winter Wall
 93
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Evil Paradise Diablo Canyon > Grotto > Top of the Grotto (Oj…
 33
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Evil Diablo Canyon > Grotto > Grotto Left (E Side)
 54
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Affirmative Action Diablo Canyon > Grotto > Grotto Left (E Side)
 47
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Top Gun Diablo Canyon > Early Wall > Runway (Lower Tier)
 50
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Pale Face Diablo Canyon > Winter Wall
 50
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Lucy Diablo Canyon > Solar Cave
 41
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Clovis Hunter Diablo Canyon > Solar Cave
 41
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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