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The Red Rocks of Southern Nevada

Joanne Urioste (out of print but available used)

This is the original Red Rock climbers' guide by Joanne Urioste. When it was first published in 1984, it had a bright red cover and therefore came to be known as the "Red Book." You will still hear old-timers referring to it by that name. The current edition has a white cover, but contains the complete text and illustrations from the original. It has over 250 pages of classic routes. Many of the climbs are interesting traditional routes not described in any other guidebooks. With its wealth of information and historical significance, this is a "must-own" book for every serious Red Rock climber.
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Supertopo: Red Rocks Climbing

Greg Barnes / Supertopo

The Supertopo guidebook by Greg Barnes, "Red Rocks Climbing," is an outstanding choice for the visiting climber. The book addresses only two or three hundred routes, but they are all top quality. The coverage is detailed, complete, and accurate. The route beta is there, of course, but there are also thorough explanations of the approach, descent, and history. Although the focus is mainly on traditional classics, there are enough short routes and sport climbs to keep the out-of-towner busy even on relaxed days.
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Rock Climbing Red Rocks (3rd Edition)

Todd Swain / Falcon Guides

"Rock Climbing Red Rocks" by Todd Swain provides over 400 pages documenting more than 1100 climbing routes. The book includes a full range of all types of climbs throughout Red Rock Canyon, but it is especially noteworthy for its extensive listing of sport climbs in the Calico Hills and Sandstone Quarry areas.
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Red Rock Canyon - The Red Book Supplement

"Red Rock Canyon - The Red Book Supplement" is Joanne Urioste's 2003 update to her original guidebook. If you are running out of big adventurous climbs this book will give you material for a few more seasons!
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Red Rock Odyssey

Red Rock Odyssey, by Larry DeAngelo and Bill Thiry, is a different kind of book. Partly a select guide, partly a treasury of history and anecdote, partly a celebration of the contemporary experience, and partly an impressive photo book, there is much here to enhance the experience of any Red Rock climber. Highly recommended! Get it here.
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Red Rock Canyon: A Climbing Guide

"Red Rock Canyon - A Climbing Guide," by Roxanna Brock and Jared McMillen is the most recent (2005) addition to the comprehensive guidebook category. Lots of routes and some good photos give this book the broadest coverage currently available in a print guide. Check it out at
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Hiking Las Vegas

"Hiking Las Vegas" by Branch Whitney is a different kind of guide. The information here is on the non-technical terrain. If you want detailed information on approaches or descents, or are looking for some good hikes for those days when you are resting the tendons, this is the book for you. The author has wandered through an amazing array of scrambles and hiking routes, and detailed them painstakingly for the reader. Check out the Hiking Las Vegas website for info on the book, and lots of other good stuff.
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Red Rocks, A Climber's Guide

Jerry Handren

Jerry Handren's 2007 book, "Red Rocks - A Climber's Guide," has set a new standard for Red Rocks guidebooks. The book covers thousands of routes, both trad and sport. Several hundred have never been included in previous guides. It is printed in full color, and the high quality of the photographs is enough to make the book as worthy of a place on the coffee table as in the climber's pack.
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Vegas Bouldering

By Seth Robinson / Wolverine

Vegas Bouldering starts where other climbing guidebooks to Vegas stop — with the boulders! Lit up with stunning action photographs, this color guide covers the classic bouldering at the Kraft Boulders and Calico Basin as well as the insider beta on a wealth of previously undocumented bouldering in Red Rocks, Mount Charleston, and Big Sandy. Grab your crashpad, because you'll be amazed by the bouldering in Las Vegas.

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