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
 55
Drunk Rednecks with Golf Clubs
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 69
Hellboy
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 133
Post Moderate
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 33
Humbolt
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 50
Naked Lunch
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 44
Class Act
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 48
Waiting to Procrastinate
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 66
Good
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 74
Grape Ape
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 27
Evil Paradise
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 36
Affirmative Action
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 34
Top Gun
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
 28
Sun Devil
Sport 3 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 37
Pale Face
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 33
Clovis Hunter
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Drunk Rednecks with Golf Clubs Diablo Canyon > Early Wall > Runway (Lower Tier)
 55
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Hellboy Diablo Canyon > Winter Wall
 69
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Post Moderate Diablo Canyon > Winter Wall
 133
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Humbolt Diablo Canyon > Early Wall > Left End
 33
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Naked Lunch Diablo Canyon > Winter Wall
 50
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Class Act Diablo Canyon > Grotto (a.k.a.… > Grotto Right (W Side)
 44
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Waiting to Procrastinate Diablo Canyon > Grotto (a.k.a.… > Grotto Left (E Side)
 48
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Good Diablo Canyon > Grotto (a.k.a.… > Grotto Left (E Side)
 66
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Grape Ape Diablo Canyon > Winter Wall
 74
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Evil Paradise Diablo Canyon > Grotto (a.k.a.… > Grotto Left (E Side)
 27
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Affirmative Action Diablo Canyon > Grotto (a.k.a.… > Grotto Left (E Side)
 36
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Top Gun Diablo Canyon > Early Wall > Runway (Lower Tier)
 34
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Sun Devil Diablo Canyon > Sun Devil Wall
 28
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Sport 3 pitches
Pale Face Diablo Canyon > Winter Wall
 37
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Clovis Hunter Diablo Canyon > Solar Cave
 33
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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meghan c.
el paso, tx
meghan c.   el paso, tx
We're heading up to Santa Fe this weekend to check it out and escape triple digit temps in El Paso. We're looking for nice shady climbing in the 5.8-5.11 range (sport or trad) with old dog-friendly short approaches. Is diablo the best bet? How hot is the camping there in the summer? We'd love to find some shady camping options near water ... any suggestions?

Thanks,
Meg Jun 10, 2016
Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
Hi Meg, if you plan to stick close to Santa Fe for the weekend, Diablo is your best bet and, in particular, the shaded walls of Runway (Lower Tier) and chasing shade in The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notch).
The Main Wall of The Shack is shaded in the morning until about 1pm and while it doesn't have many great easier routes, it's got a number of fun 5.11s.

The free BLM camping at Diablo is likely to be pretty toasty. It's pretty exposed and low elevation. You could look to camp at one of the campgrounds along Hyde Park road just outside of Santa Fe.

I've not ever climbed in the Pecos River Canyon but it could be an option for climbing and camping if you're game for driving a bit from Santa Fe.

About an hour north of Santa Fe is the El Rito area which has nice dispersed and pay-for camping options. In particular, the Little River Wall has both climbing and camping near the El Rito River. Jun 10, 2016
Hello, I'm planning on moving to Santa Fe within a few weeks and am wondering what the climbing community is like? How is the access? Is the climbing gym any good? Sep 28, 2018