Elevation: 5,431 ft
GPS: 33.155, -107.308 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Lance Hadfield on Dec 29, 2018
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
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Description

Beautiful winter limestone crag overlooking the city of Truth or Consequences.  All of the sport climbs here are well-bolted, with user-friendly anchors, and have plaques with names and grades below the route.

Getting There

Take the Williamsburg exit and head north. Pass the second gas station on the left and make a left turn on the dirt road between the solar panel field and the Sierra County fairgrounds. At the t-junction, go left. As you go under the interstate, set your odometer to 0. Head up over the dam, and at 1.4 miles, turn right into a large arroyo. Be sure to follow the visible tracks in the arroyo. Back in the arroyo, look for a double track that heads up on to the mesa. Follow the road to the water tank and park here (unless you have high clearance 4 wheel drive, and can park at the upper parking). Walk to the end of the road and follow the cairns to the wall.

The first wall you will reach is the Winter Wall.  Climbs here range from 5.8 to 5.12.  Follow the trail along the base and descend a short, easy downclimb to reach the Crow Feather Wall.  Climbs here range from 5.8 to 5.12.  To reach the Yellow Wall, follow a trail across the scree at the bottom of the downclimb.  To reach the Vacation Wall, continue up the switchbacks along the Crow Feather Wall to the saddle.  Follow cairns west to a rock point where you'll see the Vacation Wall.

One of the best things about winter climbing in the T or C area is being able to take some time to enjoy some of its' eclectic experiences.  For a nice place to stay, Fire Water Lodge is a great local experience with in-room hot mineral springs tubs, and they allow dogs.. Rocket Inn is a good value with clean rooms and a nice bed.  They also allow dogs.  

Riverbend Hot Springs has hot mineral tub soaks on the river.  You have the option for both public or private tubs and a hot shower after a wonderful winter day of climbing.

Other must-do stops are Passion Pie Cafe, which has amazing coffee and baked goods or breakfast before you head to crag.  For a more traditional breakfast check out the Old Brick Cafe or Carmen's ( not open Sunday).  Both are a good value.   The T or C brewery is very cool with live music, lots of good beer, and an amazing food truck in the back alley.   For a good value, the A & B Drive In is fairly fast and gives you a good local experience.

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Tried to access this area yesterday with a 2005 Toyota Rav4 and it was not possible. From the beginning of the right hand turn at 1.4 miles the vehicle high centered on the burm off the main road. But with scouting ahead and very careful driving i was able to push my vehicle about one mile in. At this point there is a steep hill exiting the arroyo with a high-clearance crux at the top. My vehicle could not make it. From the top of the steep hill i was forced to back down the steep and very narrow ridge road. I would have to say this road is un-passable in a passenger car or standard SUV. Even in a full size 4wd SUV this approach drive would be tight and you should expect to get "pin stripes" on your car from the sharp creosote branches. The only appropriate vehicle would be a small to mid sized 4wd truck.

Perhaps there has been more erosion since this description was written? Perhaps I took the wrong arroyo ( i clocked the 1.4 two times from underpass). How much farther was the "parking" and the crag? Jan 31, 2019
We went out last weekend in a full size suv and parked at the end of the road. There was some paint scratching, but the approach road and hike are pretty nice compared to most Southern New Mexican crags. We had a few stock 4wd pickups at the parking area too. I can imagine a Rav4 was pushing it to get to the end of the road. My guess is hiking from the bottom of the ridge road to the end parking area would have taken about 10 minutes.

The hiking approach trail is well marked and designed. We appreciated all the work that was done at the base of Winter Wall to prevent erosion and make for good belay stances. The routes we did were great. There is a nice variety of technical edges, steep slopers, interesting pockets, etc. The routes we did were VERY well bolted and safe from the ground up. The rock is definitely still "cleaning" as it's climbed...beware below. This area reminded me of Caballo with a little Tunnel thrown in.

Thanks for all the hard work and quality hardware! Feb 1, 2019
Thanks for the kind words. We put tons of work into clipping back the wash figuring out trails and the climbs. The first time we walked this wall it took an hour just to walk the base of the crag. Feb 1, 2019
Jordy King
Durango, CO
Jordy King   Durango, CO
Props to the crew who put up this sweet sports climbing area. All the climbs are well bolted and the anchors are great! As to the discussion regarding the road... I agree that a small/medium sized SUV or truck will be your best bet. The first section of the road in the Arroyo will be the bumpiest and the climb out is steep but not terrible. Overall the road to mud mountain is no worse (maybe even better) then the road going up to the Bat Cave/Caballo Mountain. On a side note: Vacation wall can be windy but gets awsome sunsets...

Big thanks to those who put this area together! Awesome winter climbing spot. Feb 19, 2019