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Atlantis Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,500'
Location: 33.3058, -111.0773 View Map  Incorrect?
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Looking into the slot from the entrance.

Must Register! Private Property-The Pond, Atlantis and Mine Area MORE INFO >>>


Atlantis is found in a deep cleft on the right just past the big tunnel you go through when driving from Superior in the direction of Globe. The rock tends to be less pocketed and more small edges than a lot of areas at Queen Creek. This is one of the few areas that you can climb at near Phoenix in the summer time, if you show up early and switch sides of the canyon with the shade.

Getting There 

Atlantis is reached by parking in a small lot just past the tunnel on the right. It is possible to rap in, but easier to scramble down on the right (BE CAREFUL!!!) on loose ledges to reach the bottom of the canyon and then go left (skiers left) to go into the canyon to the routes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

40 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Atlantis

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Atlantis:
Hide and Seek   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   
Ali Cat   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
First Born   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Giggling Marlin   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   
Neptune   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 85'   
Grumpy after Eight   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 65'   
KGB   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   
Impending Doom   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Overbearing Underminer   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Schizophrenic Boulevard   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Feast and Famine   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 80'   
Flakes of Wrath   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Slap & Tickle   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   
Armed and Dangerous   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Smokin Guns   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Public Hanging   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Phantom   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For Atlantis
Rock Climbing Photo: almost to the lip.

Cracka ass Cracka 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  Arizona : Central Arizona : ... : Atlantis
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Photos of Atlantis Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Our little friend at the base of Smoking Guns
Our little friend at the base of Smoking Guns
Rock Climbing Photo: Stitched panorama showing the heart of Atlantis.  ...
Stitched panorama showing the heart of Atlantis. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Water crossing - July '08
Water crossing - July '08
Rock Climbing Photo: Pool entering Atlantis- July '08
Pool entering Atlantis- July '08
Rock Climbing Photo: Atlantis Pools during monsoon weather (July '08)
Atlantis Pools during monsoon weather (July '08)
Rock Climbing Photo: Me on top of first born at the end of the day duri...
Me on top of first born at the end of the day duri...
Rock Climbing Photo: Waterfall at the end of Atlantis. The creek and po...
Waterfall at the end of Atlantis. The creek and po...

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By Ben Beard
From: Superior, AZ
Aug 17, 2010
as of Aug 17, 2010, there is another car at the bottom of Atlantis. White Lexus, no one inside (no blood, nothing). Just above the dam/waterfall.
By Peter Franzen
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From: Phoenix, AZ
Oct 17, 2011
Lots of rotten rock here, even on the more established routes.

Great place to get out of the sun though!
By drjordan
Nov 30, 2012
I found a wedding ring down here. Anyone have any info?
By Toby Wehler
From: Chicago, IL
Apr 10, 2014
Forgot my 5.10s here on Saturday (4/5)...likely near the base of Neptune. My climbing buddy and I left at noon just as some different groups arrived. If someone from the MP universe happened to pick em up and are willing to return them, I would greatly appreciate it (anasazi vcs V2 size US11.5).
By K-Tanz
From: Phoenix, AZ
Oct 25, 2014
As of 8/24/14 a lot of the routes are underwater. You can work around almost all of the water with the exception of the easy routes on the extreme northwest side.
Rock Climbing Photo: Atlantis H2O
Atlantis H2O

Rock Climbing Photo: Water
By Joshua Munoz
Mar 31, 2016
Not sure why there are so many 3 star routes. The rock quality is poor and the eye bolts are SO old and rusted. Almost every bolt spun on me. This is not a place you want to be falling on lead. Save yourself and just go to the pond.
By ErikF
Dec 13, 2016
Dear Climbers:

We love climbing at The Pond, Atlantis and the Mine area. They are favorites for most of us who climb in the Queen Creek area. These areas have been the private property of Resolution Mining Company and its predecessors since the 1960's or earlier. Climbing on this private property, The Pond, Atlantis, and parts of the Mine areas now requires that you register in order to gain legal access. This is an easy process. You can do this at:

Registration does not mean that you endorse the Mine or Land Exchange. It is simply the way that climbers can access the private property without trespassing. This system was anticipated and agreed to under the Recreational Use License signed by the Access Fund covering the time period 2006 to 2011, and by Queen Creek Coalition’s current Recreational Use License with Resolution Copper that allows climbers on the private property.

Registration is an easy process where you go to the website, read a couple pages of information, and then sign an electronic form and waiver that you understand the rules that apply and that you agree to abide by them. You will receive an email in response from which you can download either an electronic copy or a hardcopy of your registration. It would be good for you to retain these and present them to the authorities on site if ever requested; however, it is also anticipated that the list of registrants will be stored by Queen Creek Coalition for any future verification.

This is a one-time and free process so once you are registered you are good to go.

You can read more about this process and the announcement at the Queen Creek Coalition website – or the Queen Creek Coalition’s Facebook page -

The Queen Creek Coalition
By Jordan White
Apr 26, 2017
My favorite climb around! The rock is great. Many people are saying its poor...maybe they need easier routes? Yes some bolts spin and are old, but new bolts are being added often. Many bolts are still solid. Use your judgement. Really few areas to TR but a crap ton of leading and trad routes. There are anchor bolts at the top of many lead routes.
By ErikF
Jul 23, 2017
There is now signage at The Pond and Atlantis indicating the need for climbers to register.

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