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Elevation: 5,862 ft
GPS: 36.05624, -104.36164
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The Roy climbing area is nestled deep in cattle ranching territory along the Canadian River valley in the North Eastern corner of New Mexico. The Roy climbing area is named after the eponymous small town just a short distance from the climbing areas.

The area is managed by the Kiowa National Grasslands, a subsidiary of the Cibola National Forest. If you have any queries about climbing or camping here, or are curious about hazardous weather conditions, do not hesitate to phone them: (575) 374 9652. They are very friendly and would love to hear more from climbers. There is a new informational kiosk that has been installed at the entrance to the Mills Canyon area, at the Smokey the Bear sign. Check in here to see the latest updates.

Roy offers many superb boulder problems, sport climbs and even some trad climbs for those willing to venture a bit further than the average Roy climber. Located just next to Canadian River, which created this canyon as it cut through the Dakota sandstone. At first I was pretty reluctant to put anything on the internet, but with the release of the awesome New Mexico Bouldering Guidebook, the internet and forums/articles on this place I thought it was of good use. [update 2021: the guidebook is currently sold out in print but available as an app from Vertical Life]

Please tread lightly and respectfully. Right now land owners and the forest service are on good terms with climbers and climbing visitors must be on their best behavior when visiting this relatively new climbing destination. Please close all gates behind you, stay on established roads, drive slowly and heed all road closure signs. Make sure to clean up after yourself. This means packing out your used toilet paper (and use Wag Bags please.) Stay on established trails and camp in existing campsites so we can all continue to recreate in this beautiful area.

The best times to climb at Roy are mid-fall to mid-spring, otherwise it will be just be too hot. Many contend going to Joe's or Hueco is a better option, with more established problems and bigger areas, and, although this may be true, Roy holds a small special place in an out-there, wild and special setting.

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From Colorado Springs or Albuquerque it's about 4 hours if you're driving. From Roy Drive about 10 miles north and look for a left hand gravel/dirt road with "Mills Canyon Campground" on it after ~5 miles on this road continue straight through the cattle guard and sign for Kiowa National Grasslands. Continue straight for Mills canyon or take the 45-degree left turn for Mesteño Canyon Bouldering (Upper Mesteño, Middle Mesteño, a.k.a. Jumbles).

Local Amenities

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The nearby towns of Roy, Spring and Mosquero have a number of amenities worth visiting. Climbers passing through these towns can make a positive economic impact by stopping in and throwing down a few ducats.

Roy: [20 min drive south]

  • Ma Sally's Mercantile - Now offers groceries and a small tea room. They also sell chalk and Roy bouldering T shirts!
  • La Casita Bunkhouse - Lodging that sleeps 6. Teepees also available! 
  • The Inn at Roy - Four rooms available via AirBnB.
  • Harding County General Store - Locally owned grocery and general store for those forgotten food items. [Closed in 2020 but possibly may re-open at some point.]
  • There's also a gas station and an opening-soon bakery/cafe next to Ma Sally's
  • Beware, though, Sundays in Roy are dead. Nothing is open (but you can still fill up your gas tank.) 

Springer: [50 min drive north]

Mosquero: [40 min drive south]

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Classic Climbing Routes at Roy

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V1 5
 24
Long Ass
Boulder
V3 6A
 22
Milagro Beanfield
Boulder
V3 6A
 21
Classical Mushroom
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 15
Gold Face
Boulder
V4 6B
 19
Nobody Gets Out of Roy Alive
Boulder
V4 6B
 40
Tree Beard
Boulder
V4 6B
 24
Center El Mushroom
Boulder
V5 6C
 21
[Redacted]
Boulder
V6- 7A
 53
Fun Bags
Boulder
V6- 7A
 50
Try Angular
Boulder
V6 7A
 14
The Cobra
Boulder
V6 7A
 33
Pumped Full of Roy
Boulder
V6 7A
 14
Flaming Liberty
Boulder
V6 7A
 30
Puddle Jumper
Boulder
V7- 7A+
 18
Ergonomicon
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Long Ass Middle Mesteño > Ezekiel Wall Area > Long Ass
 24
V1 5 Boulder
Milagro Beanfield Mills Canyon > Bench > Milagro Beanfield Bou…
 22
V3 6A Boulder
Classical Mushroom Mills Canyon > Mushroom Boulder > W Face
 21
V3 6A Boulder
Gold Face Middle Mesteño > Jumbles > Supercuts Boulder
 15
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Nobody Gets Out of Roy Alive Upper Mesteño > Mega Roof
 19
V4 6B Boulder
Tree Beard Middle Mesteño > Jumbles > Treebeard Boulder
 40
V4 6B Boulder
Center El Mushroom Mills Canyon > Mushroom Boulder > W Face
 24
V4 6B Boulder
[Redacted] Mills Canyon > First Streambed
 21
V5 6C Boulder
Fun Bags Middle Mesteño > Jumbles > Fun Bags Area
 53
V6- 7A Boulder
Try Angular Middle Mesteño > Jumbles > Try Angular Area
 50
V6- 7A Boulder
The Cobra Mills Canyon > Rdside Attraction > Rdside Attraction Bou…
 14
V6 7A Boulder
Pumped Full of Roy Mills Canyon > Rdside Attraction > Flash Pance
 33
V6 7A Boulder
Flaming Liberty Mills Canyon > Second Streambed
 14
V6 7A Boulder
Puddle Jumper Middle Mesteño > Jumbles > Puddle Jumper
 30
V6 7A Boulder
Ergonomicon Upper Mesteño > Moss Grande Area > Ergonomic Boulder
 18
V7- 7A+ Boulder
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