REI Community
Albuquerque Area Climbing

Select Area...
Big Block 
Boot Hill 
Foothills Bouldering 
Palomas Peak 
Sandia Mountains 
Temple, The 
Terrace, The 
Tunnel Springs 
Rest Day:
Nearby Mountain Bike Rides

North Foothills, Elena Gallegos Main Loop
The main loop in the North Foothills area with options to lengthen or shorten the ride. Near Sandia Heights, New Mexico
Strip Mine Trail
A short ride through the red sands of the strip mine trail. Near Placitas, New Mexico
Foothills Trail 365 to the water tower
A nice winding out and back with the Sandia Mountains as a backdrop. Near Sandia Heights, New Mexico
Bobsled
Bobsled is a blast! It flows downhill nicely with a lot of small jumps, some table tops, and a few gaps. Near Placitas, New Mexico
High Voltage
A technical singletrack between Sidewinder and Strip Mine crossing a few other trails along the way. Near Placitas, New Mexico
Chalk Dust
A fast run along the side of the hill and down though a chalky singletrack. Near Placitas, New Mexico
From MP's sister site:

Albuquerque Area Climbing Rock Climbing 


Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 35.1055, -106.6304 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 298,886
Administrators: Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Anthony Stout on Nov 11, 2008
Forecast:
Today

78° | 45°
Monday

77° | 50°
Tuesday

75° | 51°
Wednesday

74° | 50°
Thursday

75° | 51°
Friday

76° | 51°
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Bouldering against the Abq city lights at sunset. ...

Albuquerque Area Climbing 

All of these areas exist right east of the city of Albuquerque.

- Tunnel Springs: An area featuring short, sustained climbs on moderate quality, sharp limestone. A short distance from Albuquerque.

- Sandia Mountains: About one hours drive from Albuquerque (depending on the side you are coming from), if alpine adventure and long approaches your taste, head into the Sandia back-country.

- Palomas Peak: Technical limestone sport climbing within the Sandia Mountains. About a one hour drive from Albuquerque with a 20 minute approach.

- The TV Station: High quality, alpine, limestone bouldering at the top of the Sandias, just north of the Sandia Crest.

- U-Mound: Granite bouldering in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. This is the closest outdoor climbing you can find from the city of Albuquerque.

- Big Block: A small limestone crag just outside of Albuquerque.

Getting There 

The biggest city in the state of New Mexico, look for the intersection of I-25 and I-40, and everything around it is Albuquerque.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.7 miles from here

624 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',55],['3 Stars',223],['2 Stars',246],['1 Star',73],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',24],['5.7',37],['5.8',54],['5.9',64],['5.10',93],['5.11',71],['5.12',35],['5.13',9],['>=5.14',2],['',0],['<=V1',52],['V2-3',32],['V4-5',42],['V6-7',41],['V8-9',21],['V10-11',16],['V12-13',6],['>=V14',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Albuquerque Area Climbing

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Albuquerque Area Climbing:
Knife Edge   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, Alpine, 900'   Juan Tabo Canyon : Shield
Flake n' Bake   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 200'   La Cueva Canyon, Lower : Flake n' Bake
Northwest Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 1000'   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : The Thumb
Beat Around the Bush   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Estrellita
The Second Coming   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande
Estrellita   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 110'   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Estrellita
Crackula   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 180'   Echo Canyon : Techweeny Buttress
Southwest Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1300'   Juan Tabo Canyon : The Needle
Miss Piggy   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 220'   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Hole in the Wall
Warpy Moople   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande
Bush Shark Spire   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 200'   Echo Canyon : Bush Shark Area
Lonesome Dove   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   Palomas Peak : (09) The Far Side II
Aviary Ort Overhangs   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : The Thumb
Excitable Boys   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 700'   Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande
Shane   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport   Big Block : Block Wall
Yucca Flower Tower   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches   Echo Canyon : Yucca Flower Tower
Mountain Momma   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Torreon
Great Escape   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Echo Canyon : Yucca Flower Tower
Green Eggs and Ham   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport   Palomas Peak : (06) The Dihedral Wall
Little Yellow Jacket   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 580'   Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Albuquerque Area Climbing

Featured Route For Albuquerque Area Climbing
Rock Climbing Photo: Roybal's Wall - leaning back while the ground slop...

Roybal's Wall V0 4  New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : ... : Upper Fat City Drainage
Since Upper Fat City drainage used to be known as Embudo Canyon & was the site of nearly all early bouldering in the area (because in the early to mid 70s you could drive all the way up to the dam at the constriction of the canyon), it seems a shame not to include some of the classic early problems. Roybal's Wall is a short problem on the right (south) side of the canyon a couple hundred yards up from the dam. Rating is approximate - there was no formal boulder rating system back then, everyth...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

Comments on Albuquerque Area Climbing Add Comment
Show which comments
By eMurdock
From: Tucson, Arizona
Jul 11, 2010
I'll be visiting Albuquerque between July 13 and July 20. Anyone need a partner for the Sandias or anywhere else cool enough to climb. Trad or sport. Cheers.
By chris scalf
Jun 1, 2012
is there any climbing at the top of menaul?

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About