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Durango Rock Climbing 

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Durango is a nice, mid-sized town in southwestern Colorado with a variety of local rock climbing. No single crag is a destination in itself, but each of them has some gems, and together make for a nice local climbing scene.

For a good pump on some steep limestone, check out the sport climbing at the Golf Wall or Cascade Canyon. If you think trad is rad, make a trip to East Animas and don't miss the Watch Crystal. It is one of the finest pieces of stone in the area. For bouldering, check out Turtle Lake, Sailing Hawks or any of the many other areas. X-Rock is right at the north end of town and has a nice little selection of routes that are easily top-roped. If you prefer something a little more obscure, try exploring the Hermosa cliffs. Lemon Reservoir should not be missed either. It is has quality sport, gear, or mixed lines. For a more backcountry/alpine climbing experience, look into the Pine River or Vallecito areas.

Your best bet for information on climbing around the area is to check out a copy of Durango Sandstone (new edition came out in 2014) and Durango Bouldering (currently out of print) at any of the climbing shops in town. Both are well done and written by local climbers/authors.

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Spring and Fall are the best seasons to rock climb around Durango. The temperatures are typically mild during these times. Summers can get hot, especially on sunny walls, but it can be pleasant to climb in the shade or during the morning. Winter typically brings colder weather and snow, but during periods of dry weather in the sun it can be nice.

Getting There 

Take US Hwy 550 if coming from the north or south, or take US Hwy 160 if coming from the east or west.

Closed areas 

Everything to the right of the East Animas designated climbing trail is private property and is apparently closed to climbing.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

667 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Durango

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Durango:
Bird Hole Right   V3 6A     Boulder, 16'   Bouldering : Big East Block
Three Finger Pocket/Petrified Prow   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Sailing Hawks : Petrified Boulder
Bleeding Lip Traverse (Font Traverse)   V6 7A     Boulder, 30'   Sailing Hawks : Bleeding Lip Boulder
Something Wicked This Way Comes   V6 7A     Boulder, 11'   Sailing Hawks : Triangle Boulder
Yellow Pages   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   East Animas : Watch Crystal
Bush & Dirt Crack aka Pseudo-Cenotaph aka I Need a Shower   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   East Animas : Jabba Buttress
Byrd's Classic   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches   East Animas : Byrd's
Apple Cider   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   East Animas : Apple Cider
One Summer's Eve   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Cascade Canyon : Garden of Eden Wall (Pool A...
Simians to the Sun   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 250'   East Animas : Watch Crystal
Vertical Alluvium   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Lemon Reservoir : West Side
Pale Skinned Nebraskan (submitted as (Enter) Sandman)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   East Animas : Jabba Buttress
Bonsai   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Lemon Reservoir : West Side
Chucky Bill   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Lemon Reservoir : West Side
Apes of Wrath   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 250'   East Animas : Watch Crystal
Durangutan   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 200'   East Animas : Watch Crystal
Gold Wall   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   X Rock : Gold Wall
Watch Crystal Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   East Animas : Watch Crystal
Close To The Edge   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Cascade Canyon : Garden of Eden Wall (Pool A...
Holy Grail   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   Lemon Reservoir : East Side
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Featured Route For Durango
Rock Climbing Photo: Space Boy Elroy.

Space Boy Elroy 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a  Colorado : Durango : ... : Stargazer
This is the steep bolted route that climbs the face left of an arete to the left of Stargazer Crack. It is one of the hardest routes in the Durango area and a quality challenge. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Durango Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The Pope's Nose.
The Pope's Nose.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering on boulders.
Bouldering on boulders.
Rock Climbing Photo: More bouldering on boulders.
More bouldering on boulders.
Rock Climbing Photo: Durango's Premier Crag - The Watch Crystal.
Durango's Premier Crag - The Watch Crystal.
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve, Eggman, Eginore bivying on Insectaphobia, t...
Steve, Eggman, Eginore bivying on Insectaphobia, t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Local Durango hard-goats.
Local Durango hard-goats.
Rock Climbing Photo: Gentle Ben on Legacy of the Kid 5.9 R/X. WORD!
BETA PHOTO: Gentle Ben on Legacy of the Kid 5.9 R/X. WORD!
Rock Climbing Photo: Khumbu, the Hermosa dog at the trailhead. She woul...
Khumbu, the Hermosa dog at the trailhead. She woul...
Rock Climbing Photo: Try True Blonde. Photo by Blitzo.
Try True Blonde. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Try SKA Special ESB. Photo by Blitzo.
Try SKA Special ESB. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Try Modus Hoperandi.  Photo by Blitzo.
Try Modus Hoperandi. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: 1st ascent for those who dare...Wildcat Canyon.
1st ascent for those who dare...Wildcat Canyon.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dihedral of Grinning Hostess w/ aesthetic undercli...
Dihedral of Grinning Hostess w/ aesthetic undercli...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kris French tests out his shiny new 25-bolt anchor...
BETA PHOTO: Kris French tests out his shiny new 25-bolt anchor...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tom crossing a tyrolean in Granite lands.
Tom crossing a tyrolean in Granite lands.
Rock Climbing Photo: Outside Durango.
Outside Durango.
Rock Climbing Photo: Durango Guide available.
BETA PHOTO: Durango Guide available.
Rock Climbing Photo: Baker's Bridge. Photo by B. Campbell.
Baker's Bridge. Photo by B. Campbell.
Rock Climbing Photo: Laser Crack, V2ish.
Laser Crack, V2ish.
Rock Climbing Photo: Valalpin's Formations....
Valalpin's Formations....
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice ice.
Nice ice.
Rock Climbing Photo: Like overhangs?
Like overhangs?
Rock Climbing Photo: Off-limits!
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve, Eggman, Eginore, aid climbing on Insectapho...
Steve, Eggman, Eginore, aid climbing on Insectapho...

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By Kevin Sainio
From: Durango, CO
Sep 17, 2008
The new edition of Durango Sandstone has been released! It is available at Backcountry Experience in Durango. Look for the Crow on the corner of 12th and Camino del Rio.
By IanA
From: Durango, CO
Aug 7, 2009
Here is a link to a good video representing the Bouldering in Durango.
By IanA
From: Durango, CO
Aug 18, 2009
Durango Bouldering Guide in stores now. Check it out!
By Laura Howey
From: Gilbert, AZ
May 18, 2010
Went to Durango High School and coming back July 30th - August 6th. Is anyone interested in climbing a couple of those days?

Staying at Cascade Lodge north of Purgatory. Have 60m rope, 12 draws, 2 personal anchors, harness, shoes, ATC device. I've been leading and TR 5.7, 5.8, 5.9 and am trying to tackle 5.10's before I come. Been climbing since mid-March and am addicted!!!

By .Miles
From: Durango, co
Jun 16, 2010
I'm on vacation from SF for the summer. I'll be in Durango till October and would like to find some folks to climb with. I've got gear and a descent amount of skill. I know there are a lot of good pitches here and I'd love to play on them. I have a house in La Plata Canyon. I'm at
By Peter12345
From: Bay Area, CA
Sep 8, 2010
Hi, I just moved to Durango from California and I am looking for local climbers to climb around Durango. I am also interested in climbing trips to Ouray, Telluride, Indian Creek, anything good in the area.
By Grace Gamble
Nov 14, 2010
Hey, guys! I'm new to the area: live in Dolores work in Cortez for Osprey, and have yet to find climbing partners. If interested, please contact me via email ( or phone (704-576-4313). Thanks!
By David Kozak
Jan 29, 2011
Has anyone ventured up to and climbed the two ice flows that have formed on the Falls Creek wall? From 550 they look pretty good.
By Colin Cox
Dec 20, 2011
In regards to the video..."Receptionist Stand - V9"? As a long time Flagstaff local, I know that's preposterous. Removing 2/3 of a V10 does not a V9 make.
By eggman
From: Durango, co
Jul 29, 2014
I may or may not have left my green backpack with gear in it at the East A. parking lot. Anyone? Anyone?
By Tim Kuss
From: Durango, CO
Sep 5, 2014
Rock Climbing Photo: The 2014 edition of Durango Sandstone is available...
The 2014 edition of Durango Sandstone is available now! Find it at Backcountry Experience, Gardenswartz Outdoors, Pine Needle Mountaineering, Maria's Bookshop and The Rock

It is also available on Amazon.
By Armin Colorado
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 14, 2014
Looking for a partner today. Have all gear, 15+ yrs exp. I have not climbed in Durango and was thinking of checking out the Golf Wall today if I can find a partner. Lead mid-5.11s at Rifle. Call or txt 970-376-8984, cheers -a
By Ian Altman
From: CO
Nov 13, 2015
Some jackass chipped two of the jugs on the "front rock" at the Turtle Lake Bouldering area. It's unfathomable why someone would do such a thing...and either a random act of vandalism or a climber with a distorted personality. Please stop whoever you are, and let's keep an eye out folks!..the holds were clearly knocked off with a pick strike.
By PWells
From: Fort Collins, Colorado
Dec 17, 2015
New to the area, is there any offwidth climbing around? I know some bouldering in Sailing Hawks with offwidth, but anything more sustained trying to break out some 5s and 6s?
By eli poss
From: Durango, Co
Dec 19, 2015
Head up to East A. if the snow melts. There's a couple of pitches of awful-width in Jabba's Buttress, and some offwidth in and past Apple Cider. The Right X also has some a short OW section, but it's kinda short.
By Fritz N.
From: Durango, CO
Dec 20, 2015
Japhy, check out Gorilla Crack, Telephone Booth, Double Barrel and the Bear at East A.
By eli poss
From: Durango, Co
Mar 2, 2016
If anyone is interested, I have started mapping out some of the climbing areas I frequent on google maps, just as a personal project for fun. I figured I would share it and if others are interested, they can add additional crags. I've made it public so that anyone can edit and add places to the map if they're interested. Please add a new layer for each new area to keep it organized Here's a link:
By Clayton Knudson
From: Moab, UT
May 25, 2016
Hey all,

Will be in the area June 3rd through 5th. If anybody is looking to get out and climb, please let me know, whatever kind doesn't matter. Pm me on here, maybe we can meet up. I guess I onsight around mid-5.11 if that matters at all.

Also would be nice to know if there are good areas for TR soloing and bouldering in case I can't find somebody to climb with. Thanks in advance.

By eli poss
From: Durango, Co
May 27, 2016
Check out X-Rock or Lemon Reservoir for TR soloing with good access. Turtle Lake (bouldering) will be easier than Sailing Hawks for non-locals to navigate. I doubt I'll be able to climb by then (injury), but I could show you around and belay. My phone is (423) 504-7813.
By Chris Eagan
May 30, 2016

Valecitto has great top roping, epic views, and few people. It's where I usually head if I'm soloing. I live right between Lemon and Valecitto. If you're heading out my way and need a partner, hmu. I'm hit or miss around 5.10 but good for a catch, and I know the area well. Happy to show you around (970)-779-9979.
By James Tilton
From: Cortez, CO
Aug 18, 2016
Hey all, I recently relocated to the area (living and working in Cortez) and am desperately in need of some fellow rock climbers. Please e-mail me if interested in going climbing or bouldering outside. I am totally willing to drive to Durango or head out to Indian Creek or Moab area to do some climbing. Email:
By Joey DiPaola
Sep 11, 2016
I left my phone at X Rock right at the base of Monkey Hang. I went back, but I didn't see it there, so I was reaching out if anyone did grab it up there. Thank you all.
By sam allen 1
Nov 4, 2016
Anyone going to Red Rocks this month? I'm trying to find a ride back towards the end. 303 810 0940.
By Dion Obermeyer
From: Springdale
Dec 6, 2016
I just moved to Durango today and am looking for some partners. Give me a call (505 412 5131) if you don't mind showing someone around and need a partner. I'm almost always available.
By Duke Lettieri
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Dec 29, 2016
By Matthias Holladay
From: Shiprock, Navajolands
Apr 20, 2017
Climbers of the area have an opportunity to weigh in on what they'd like to see developed at a multi-event center within an 800-acre grassy area to be developed as Durango Mesa Park.

This means Durango has a chance to bring climbing competitions of every level and category to our beloved abode, (THINK about this: on August 3, 2016, the IOC voted to add sport climbing and skateboarding for the 2020 Summer Olympics),
And a permanent public and free venue for us to practice our craft in an indoor facility, or at least well-covered.

In terms of facilities and who has access to what and when, notice how fortunate you are if you enjoy one or more of the following Down by the River/A.R.T.: kayaking, skateboarding, BMXing, hiking, mountain biking trails, baseball, soccer, tennis, skiing, ice skating/hockey, rec center swim-pool/diving, etc., so, pipe up! and say what you think, or whatever . . . .

Berg Heil,
Rock Climbing Photo: Arco, Italy.
Arco, Italy.
By Fritz N.
From: Durango, CO
Jul 18, 2017
If you're developing a worthwhile route in the Durango area, please PM me. I'd be happy to buy you some Mussy hooks to use on the anchor.
By Rylan Hess
Jul 30, 2017
Does anyone have any information about the unmarked crag about 2mi North of the Falls Creek Cliffs and just to the East of CR 205? My wife and I went up there to explore while we were hiking Falls Creek Loop trail and found 20+ bolted routes. We were surprised not to see it marked on Mountain Project. I've also looked through a couple local guidebooks and have found no mention of the wall. It is a relatively prominent feature in that valley. See the photo.
By Living man
Sep 7, 2017
Hi, my name is Craig. I just moved to the area and looking to meet friends for climbing hiking skiing and camping. I have my own gear.
Get in touch if you're looking for someone to climb with or looking to make your party an even number.

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