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Submitted By: Darren in Vegas on Mar 23, 2009  with updates from misty murphy
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Arrow Canyon is a two hundred foot deep box canyon located 45 minutes northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. The canyon is home to various species of desert wildlife, petroglyphs, and horrendous flash floods. The BLM maintains the land which means you as a public citizen own it too. Take care when visiting the canyon to ensure future visits for years to come. Also keep in mind that Arrow Canyon is a designated Wilderness Area. That, in particular, means no bolting and no motor vehicles.

Further reading:

BLM Arrow Canyon Wilderness page

Getting There 

This is Mr. Brady's and the BLM's prefered access to Arrow Canyon. From Exit 90 on I-15 North, drive exactly 11 miles west on 168. You will pass three roads along the way (on the left) called Warm Springs. At 11 miles (.2 miles past the last Warm Springs road) you will turn left onto dirt road with a sign saying The Brady's. This left turn is right as 168 starts to curve right. Drive .5 miles past The Brady's house to a rectangular fenced area with a building in it. Just in front of the fenced area a rough dirt road skirts the right side of the fenced area. Follow this rough dirt road 1 mile to wilderness fence and park. Walk 20-30 minutes into Arrow canyon. The road is rough but we made it in with a subaru outback wagon (the beginning was the tricky spot). Good to have a 4x4 or high clearance.

Climbing Season

Weather station 18.6 miles from here

30 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Arrow Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Arrow Canyon:
Devil Bush   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 40'   Entry Walls
Unknown, 5.9   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Swamp Cave
Unknown, 10a   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Swamp Cave
Last Train to Mexico   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 50'   Radio Wall
Unknown 10d   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Swamp Cave
Hand Me Down   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 40'   Entry Walls
Unknown Name 11b   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Concave Wall
Unnamed 11b Sport   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 80'   Swamp Cave
Unknown, 11b   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Swamp Cave
Simple Twist of Fate   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 90'   Swamp Cave
Tangled up in Blue   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Swamp Cave
Unknown Name 12a   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Concave Wall
Dirty Brian   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Dirty Wall
Shelter from the Storm   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 100'   Swamp Cave
Heart of Glass   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 95'   Swamp Cave
Brown Sugar   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Swamp Cave
Swamp Monkey   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 80'   Swamp Cave
Swamp Thing   5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 80'   Swamp Cave
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Featured Route For Arrow Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Swamp Thing. Hayden Eatchel Photo

Swamp Thing 5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c  Nevada : Arrow Canyon : Swamp Cave
A burly route. Hard moves right off the ground lead you into a steep rail feature. Tenuous positions through here finish with a dynamic move to a few jugs and a resting zone. Don't let down your guard quite yet... two unique and challenging sections are between you and the chains....[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

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Arrow Canyon Dirty Wall
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Jonathan climbing in the awesome Arrow Canyon. Ph...

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By Christopher Barlow
Feb 24, 2012
If I don't have high enough clearance to get around the rough spot at the final turn off (and assuming I'm willing to walk the extra mile to the canyon), is there a place to park that won't offend anyone?
By Erik Durgin
Oct 21, 2013
Is it OK to camp at the trailhead?
By TactiCool
From: Republic Of Korea
Oct 25, 2013
I was wondering if camping is allowed as well
By Nicholas L.
From: Raleigh, NC
Nov 21, 2013
Isn't it always okay to camp on BLM land unless otherwise noted?
By Darren in Vegas
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jan 22, 2015
Pretty sure that La Reve is across from the Swamp Cave, but I am not 100% sure of that.
By dnoB ekiM
Jan 27, 2015
Le Reve and La Lune are on the right side of the big dirty looking cave/hole that is across from and before the swamp cave (on the right as you approach the swamp cave).
By TommyShally
Sep 6, 2015
I have family in Moapa, going to visit this area soon, though I'm still working on my sport climbing confidence on anything over 10--as I'm working on my confidence on this--can any of these 11's 12's be top roped walking up and above the wash?
By HangOn
Feb 8, 2017
We found an ascender at Swamp Cave a couple of days ago. DM me with a description and we'll get it back to you! :)

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