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Chevelon Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,000'
Location: 34.9231, -110.5292 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: JJ Schlick on Apr 24, 2012
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Chevelon Canyon is a rugged, ragged, rough and tumble canyon which flows north from Chevelon Canyon Lake to the south, before emptying into the Winslow area. This serpentine canyon was named for a famed trapper of the wild west, but has been home to over twenty different native tribes over the last 5000 years.... There are over 4000 documented petroglyphs spread out across the length of the canyon, and Rock Art Ranch is famed for being one of the largest concentrations of ancient art in the southwest.

Chevelon Canyon holds several different types of stone, but it is the varnished sandstone in the lower canyon, and the bullet hard limestone in the upper portions which hold the climbing to date. Though there are old school trad pitches on the soaring sandstone walls, any info to these, or any more modern endeavors remains elusive. As far as the limestone goes there is miles of it, it is often bullet hard, sharp as hell, and holds often just enough features to produce very high quality, technical routes.

Unfortunately much of the access and rimland is privately owned or Tribal Lands....

Getting There 

This canyon runs from Winslow on the North, to Chevelon Canyon Lake in the South. Hwy 99 is your ticket to Chevelon exploration.

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.9 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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Featured Route For Chevelon Canyon

Scum and Villainy 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : Chevelon Canyon
Stunning sandstone arete visible from the Chevelon Canyon bridge many miles to the north of the established limestone climbs....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
May 1, 2012
Looks awesome JJ! Great climbing and a beautiful area; what more do you want? Thanks for your hard work.
By J.McTavish
From: Flagstaff AZ
Dec 17, 2014
Looking to explore Chevelon Canyon but the lack of route info is disconcerting. Heard through a local that there used to be a dozen or so routes posted on here but they have since disappeared. Is there an access issue or just one of those "secret" areas? I'm down for adventure just point us in the right direction...looks like south of the Mclaws bridge there are some serious cliff bands, and water... Access from the east on Bell Cow rd looks promising?
By Pat Mac
From: Tempe
Jan 19, 2015
J.McTavish. There are tons of routes out there. The Flagstaff folks had a lot of info up. Then it was taken down. I have been an AZ local for quite sometime now and I have never been there. I just don't know where to go.
By Doc Foster
Jan 9, 2016
I am hoping to visit this area in late May or June. Is this area open for exploration or only guided tours through the Ranch? Any suggestions would be welcome.
By DaveF Farkas
From: Durango, CO
Feb 24, 2016
I just did a 2-day selfsupport kayak trip down the canyon from approximately 18miles upstream of the climbing area.

Super sick spot with epic climbs. Many bolted routes with bomber bolts and chain anchors (did I say many????) I also noticed two fixed lines as rap stations.

Who ever is responsible for developing this area...Wow!!! Nice job. I'm definitely going back this late spring/early summer. It'll be THE spot for a bit as I explore what's available.

Please pay close attention to the canyon walls as there is rock art everywhere. Do not climbing on these locations.
By Chas Robles
From: Burque, NM
Mar 11, 2016
I'm looking to take a group of Native youth to this area to do some exploring and climbing. We have been teaching them safe climbing practices, working towards a culmination trip, and this spot looks awesome to take them to! Can anyone send me information about the routes and directions to the area? Also, is camping allowed around the site?

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