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The Homestead features limestone sport climbing in a remote, serene, desert setting. There are presently over 250 single pitch routes ranging in difficulty from 5.7 to 5.13b. A 70 meter rope and 16-20 quickdraws are recommended. The canyon consists of multiple walls, each with its own style and sun aspect. Tufa City, Rough Rider Wall, and North Buttress are perhaps the most glorious walls.

Please consider supporting the Access Fund's Homestead Campaign.

Getting There 

To obtain directions on a map download this KMZ file, which can be viewed with Google Earth.

The Homestead is between Globe and Winkelman on Arizona State Highway 77. From Winkelman take State Highway 77 north for 13 miles. At mile marker 153 slow down and look for the passing lane to end and the road to head slightly downhill. Immediately before the guardrail turn right and drive down a short hill to a gate. This gate is marked with a white sign that reads "Close Gate Behind You" in red letters. The turn off is before Dripping Spring Road.

While the road was seriously improved by the Access Fund in March of 2016, a 4WD vehicle with high clearance is still recommended. To illustrate this point, a Honda CRV became stuck within hours of the road upgrades. If you lack an off-road vehicle make an immediate left to park. Please ensure that you are not blocking the road or access to ranch equipment. From here hike up the road (30-40 mins) to the upper Access Fund camping area.

If you are fortunate enough to have an off-road capable vehicle, continue down the road. The drive will ease after the first uphill crux section. Please drive in a lower gear, avoid spinning your tires, and maintain a reasonable speed to keep the road in good condition for everyone. Park at the upper Access Fund camping area.

From the Homestead kiosk, hike the .4 mile trail to the other side of the dirt road. Walk the road to the beginning of the trail that will take you to the crags. At the fork turn left/uphill to reach Finland Terrace, Tufa City, and Marley Wall. Continue straight/downhill to reach the other walls. Slate Nation and Mouse Wall are accessed from either trail.

Please don't drive past the Access Fund campground through the other gates as this is private property. Close all gates. Do not jeopardize future access.

Rock Climbing Photo: Homestead Map
Homestead Map

Rock Climbing Photo: Homestead Road after Access Fund Conservation Team...
Homestead Road after Access Fund Conservation Team repairs on 2016-03-06.


  • John Hinrichsen created a supplement to Louie Anderson's PDF. It combined with Mountain Project is the best beta. The topos are available on Mountain Project and the PDF can be here.
  • Louie Anderson published a PDF in 2007. This guide was the best reference for a number of years. It is high quality but is now missing many routes.
  • The Homestead by Marty Karabin is a foldout pocket guide. This topo tends to be available at the Arizona Hiking Shack, Summit Hut, and REI for $5. Written in 2007 this guide is grossly out-of-date and not recommended.
  • The Homestead: Arizona Limestone. This out-of-date guide does not list a date or author. It is presently available here.

Climbing Season

Weather station 14.5 miles from here

232 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',18],['3 Stars',78],['2 Stars',99],['1 Star',28],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in *The Homestead

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for *The Homestead:
Roughians   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 110'   Rough Rider Wall
John's Meat Market (aka: Fred's Line)   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Tufa City
Wish Bone   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 45'   Bone Town
Appetite For Destruction   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 115'   North Buttress
Tufa-one   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   Tufa City
Morning Mate   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Rough Rider Wall
Ground Affects   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 35'   Tufa City
Tufa Yard Dash   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Tufa City
Couples Fear Factor   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 45'   Tufa City
The Rough Rider    5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 90'   Rough Rider Wall
Great Northern   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   North Buttress
One With Everything   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 115'   Rough Rider Wall
Masterpiece Theater   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Finland Terrace
Cold Fusion   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Rough Rider Wall
Micro Burst   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 65'   Tufa City
Black Sunshine   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Tufa City
Way 'Stead   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport   Tufa City
Solar Delirium   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport   Tufa City
Dead Sea   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Tufa City
Sun Burst   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Tufa City
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Solar Delirium 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  Arizona : Central Arizona : ... : Tufa City
Steep start with a large hueco-like hole, pull the first roof onto paralleling tufa's up to a second smaller roof. Fun climbing on great rock leads to a higher pump crux followed by a jug haul finish to the anchors. A 60 meter rope is more than enough to climb this route and lower back to the Balcony(where the route starts). A 70 meter rope will reach from the balcony to the anchors and all the way to the ground. 70m is NOT long enough for both ends to reach the ground from the anchor. When ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Greco on a send of the Tufa King.  Winter '13...
Matt Greco on a send of the Tufa King. Winter '13...
Rock Climbing Photo: Big Horn at the Mouse
Big Horn at the Mouse
Rock Climbing Photo: 2/27/11
Rock Climbing Photo: New 3rd Gate
New 3rd Gate
Rock Climbing Photo: the steps up to slate
the steps up to slate
Rock Climbing Photo: The now Iconic H at the third gate.
BETA PHOTO: The now Iconic H at the third gate.
Rock Climbing Photo: This is the Tufa City as see from the Karma Cave, ...
BETA PHOTO: This is the Tufa City as see from the Karma Cave, ...
Rock Climbing Photo: A great view to wake up to - Camping in the remote...
A great view to wake up to - Camping in the remote...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pre-Climb Campout
Pre-Climb Campout
Rock Climbing Photo: The typical "AFTERDARK" hike down the ri...
The typical "AFTERDARK" hike down the ri...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Driving out, through the crux of the road, in Janu...
Driving out, through the crux of the road, in Janu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Another intrusion thingy, also toward the top of K...
BETA PHOTO: Another intrusion thingy, also toward the top of K...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rough road still! 12/22/12
BETA PHOTO: Rough road still! 12/22/12
Rock Climbing Photo: View of Bonetown (?) from Slate Nation wall Januar...
View of Bonetown (?) from Slate Nation wall Januar...
Rock Climbing Photo: BEEware! Large colony of bees behind tree on Welco...
BETA PHOTO: BEEware! Large colony of bees behind tree on Welco...
Rock Climbing Photo: Did a lot of trail work this year at the Homestead...
BETA PHOTO: Did a lot of trail work this year at the Homestead...
Rock Climbing Photo: Paul on the steep slab of Normal Like You (12a). P...
Paul on the steep slab of Normal Like You (12a). P...
Rock Climbing Photo: Some kind of intrusion (?) on Knuckle Sandwich. Pr...
BETA PHOTO: Some kind of intrusion (?) on Knuckle Sandwich. Pr...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Crazy Bone (11b). Old, bad scan of a photo by Hill...
Crazy Bone (11b). Old, bad scan of a photo by Hill...
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By C Miller
From: CA
Sep 7, 2006
Lots of good info here -
By Hillary Davis
Mar 21, 2007
The best Arizona crag that nobody's climbing at.
By Fred AmRhein
May 18, 2007
The road access to the Homestead traverses across State Trust Land and at least 3 large privately held parcels of land. Several gates will be encountered and at the present time there are no "No Trespassing" signs posted.

The end of the road where most people park is private property. Also, several developed crags are on private property. Again, at this time there are no "No Trespassing" signs posted. However, this could change quickly so please show all of the gates, properties, and livestock facilities a great deal of respect and honor any of the requests of the property owners or those representing themselves as such.

Camping on private property is discouraged at all and should never be done near any livestock corrals, watering areas, etc. Best to camp away from the private property on BLM property along the ridge a mile or two from the parking area. Reference BLM docs, Az Gazeteer, and/or Gila County Assessor land ownership documents for specific land locations.

An Arizona State Trust Land permit is required to access the dirt road directly off of the highway and this permit can be acquired on the web or at the Az State Land Dept in downtown Phoenix. (easy to get and inexpensive relative to the fines for not having one)

Don't endanger our future access by disrespecting the private property or the Az State Trust Land protocols.
By Stella
Jun 19, 2008
This area is very cool though a little hard to get to, requires a four-wheel drive truck. Your subaru will not make it!! Part of the adventure is the journey.
By Tzilla Rapdrilla
Nov 21, 2008
Beware - Finland and Tufa City are loaded with bees and wasps, at least during the fall. We found many routes with what appeared to be wasp nests, judging from the number of wasps hanging out in pockets. There were also large bee hives visible in certain areas. It would be good to post if it is known whether or not Africanized bees have made it to this area. The sheer number of the pests lurking and flying around made it annoying and it would be hard not to get stung if you stayed there for any length of time. There is also a beehive in a pocket at the handrail section of the trail along the base of Slate Nation. It would be helpful if a local posted any better information on the bee and wasp deal, particularly for Finland and Tufa City as the rock was killer (just hopefully not the bees!).
By Shirtless Mike
From: Denver, CO
Nov 21, 2008
When were you there? I was planning on heading out there over thanksgiving. Are the routes at Finland and Tufa City still climbable? Thanks.
By Jimbo
Nov 23, 2008
Every bee in the wild in Arizona is an Africanized bee. The only non-Africanized bees are domestic bees that honey producers have.

A few tips: if you are climbing around a hive don't slap or kill a bee. This releases a pheromone that tells the rest of the bees that it's time to kick some ass.
If you do get attacked run as fast as you can away from the hive. They will chase you up to 1/4 of a mile, then give up.
Don't jump into the water. They will just hover above the surface and wait for you to come up for air.
They are attracted to CO2, that's were they will try to get to first.
If your being attacked cover your nose and mouth as you run away.

Bees are like any wild critter. Sometimes they just attack unprovoked and sometimes they leave you alone.

I've climbed right into a large hive and been stung a few times and they rest of the bees left me alone as I lowered to the ground.

Also swarming bees are not going to attack. They are a group that has broken away from a hive that has gotten too big and are now out find a new place to hang with there own queen in tow. They have no hive to protect so they have no reason to be aggressive.

If you really need to take out a hive that's taken up residence on your most favorite climb. Get one of those 5 gallon pump sprayers, mix a very soapy water solution and spray away. The soap does two things. It blocks there breathing pores so they suffocate, and it prohibits the pheromone release.

Remember Africanized bees are better pollinators and better honey makers than our honey bees. (That's why they were cross bread in the first place, down in South America)

So if you can just live with them that is always best. They do good work, they're just a bit cantankerous.

By Tzilla Rapdrilla
Nov 25, 2008
Thanks for the info on the bees, etc. It should be helpful to other visitors. I visited a USDA website that showed the progression of the Africanized bees in the southern US and it indicated that mainly southern AZ was affected and that further migration seemed to have stopped.

To me, in early November the bug situation made the place unclimbable and my partner had encountered a previous reaction to a wasp sting making the aura of the area that much less attractive. It would seem hard to run 1/4 mile through the local terrain there or when tied to the end of a rope to get away from an attack. Unfortunately the less interesting walls weren't as affected by the bee and wasp situation as Finland and Tufa City. Are there other walls with the tufa with fewer bugs?
By Jimbo
Nov 27, 2008
Unfortunately the big pockets in limestone make great bee hives. We have a similar problem with bees and wasps at the Mustang.
One thing we've do is to put out a bowl of water well away from where we're climbing. The bee and wasps are more attracted to the water than us. It's not uncommon to have 20 or 30 bees on the water dish.
The hotter and drier it is the more effective this ploy is.

Of course on cold days you can always climb in a bee suit.
By Trish Houghtaling
From: Flagstaff, Az
Nov 30, 2008
Just to let folks know...had a great weekend at Finland. We saw very few bees or wasps-so, head on out. Does anyone know of an updated topo for Finland area?? The old one is not very helpful and we were guessing at routes. Road was tricky but manageable with the Xterra. If you love tufa climbing you gotta check this place out!
By Forest Hill
From: Denver, CO
Apr 5, 2009
The "description" and "getting there" links are dead
By adam14113
From: San Francisco, CA
Oct 29, 2009
You can download the old pdf guide:

Marty has a pocket size guide available in most AZ shops that I recommend picking up.

- A
By Brigette
From: Mukilteo, WA
Dec 5, 2010
PLEASE pick up your trash when you climb here - this includes toilet paper. There is quite the toilet paper bouquet building in the bushes across from the Welcome wall. Pack it in - pack it out. Thanks!
By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 21, 2011
Thanks to Carter, et al for the amazing trail work. Through their efforts eroding slopes are being replaced by beautiful stairs. Thanks!
By Peter Franzen
General Admin
From: Phoenix, AZ
Sep 21, 2011
Can some more basic info be added to this area? Is it a reasonable day trip from Phoenix, or does the drive & approach mean that a full weekend is a better way to climb here? Any updates on the road, or is a 4x4 still necessary?
By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
Sep 21, 2011

The drive is approximately 2 hours from Phoenix. The dirt access road requires 20 minutes. Hence it can be done as a day trip but a weekend is more enjoyable.

Only a small portion of the road requires a 4x4 but this section was getting noticeably worse in the spring. An alternative is to hike or bike in.

You can chase sun or shade all day so you can climb all but the hottest days of the year.
By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
Dec 12, 2011
A few ideas...

1) A trail from Rough Rider to Tufa City would be nice.

2) A sign at the start of Tufa City reminding folks to avoid climbing tufas during wet conditions would help protect the area.

3) A few fence posts in the third gate need to be repaired.
By Peter Winter
Dec 14, 2011
We are planning on heading there in mid January. Can someone confirm that camping is allowed, obviously not on private property. Is there a certain area that is cleared out somewhat for camping? Is there a decent water source? Also, is the land trust permit still required as mentioned in the above comments? Thanx in advance for any updates.

By Red
From: Tacoma, Toyota
Dec 19, 2011
Yes, camping is allowed. It's awesome camping. There are two obvious camping areas. The first one you come to is just a little ways past the second gate, it is on private land. The second area is just past the third gate on your left and it's on BLM land. It is best to camp in the second area. Hopefully it's not full when you get to it. It's a little small and can only accommodate so many people.
No water source, bring what you need. I've seen the creek run through the canyon, but only a couple times and after snow melt or spring rains.
You are only on state trust land for about a half mile or so off the highway. It is my understanding that everyone on, or passing through state trust land is supposed to have a permit.
Enjoy your stay at the Homestead!
By btraxler
From: Prescott, AZ
Dec 19, 2011
OK. Seems like the Homestead is gaining a ton of climbing traffic these days. There has been for sure, significant impact in the area due to climbing. Thanks everyone for your work on the trails! Nice Work. We have a tail system. Now for Human Waste -- Please pack out your trash! and pick up a wag bag and poop in it, not in a shallow cat hole. While burying human waste works for low impact areas, it does not here! It sounds bad, but it is painless and easy to pack out your poo! Wag bags are available at any gear shop.
By Eric Foster
From: Chandler/Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 25, 2011
Anyone have a condition report on the road going into the homestead? Is it any worse than it was a year ago?
By 1Eric Rhicard
Dec 25, 2011
It is worse Erock, but put it in low and try not to get the tires spinning and you will be fine. You will apparently have more trouble getting traction at the base of climbs with all the poop laying around.
By erik hamilton
Dec 27, 2011
was out over xmas week. i have been climbing here at the stead for over 12 years and the road is in the best shape i have ever see it in have fun. PEACE E
By Eric Foster
From: Chandler/Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 28, 2011
Well I guess I will find out soon what the road has to offer this time. Thanks!
By Beefy hadfield
Jan 2, 2012
What an AMAZING area! Thank to all of the area developers for their hard work! The trails show a huge amount of dedication...the stairs to each wall were enough to impress me, let alone the fantastic routes. MANY thanks!!
By Peter Winter
Jan 4, 2012
If the road is in the best shape ever, does that still mean 4x4 is necessary?
By erik hamilton
Jan 4, 2012
Still need four wheel drive.
By David Stephens
From: Superior AZ
Jan 5, 2012
God bless The Homestead now that it's in Climbing
By Unassigned User
Jan 12, 2012
Climbing magazine is so very lame, just a little more lame than Mountain Project. Look out fragile desert, here comes Boulder.
By jeffrey c gibson
From: pheonix az
Feb 1, 2012
Its worth the hike in :)
By the schmuck
From: Albuquerque, NM
Feb 6, 2012
We'll be heading to Homestead sometime this month. I do not have a 4 wheel drive, but do have high clearance. I understand that there is about a 100 foot stretch that is impassable without 4WD. Does anyone know if it is possible to park and camp before this stretch? Also, how much of a hike would it be from the 4WD section? Thanks
By Red
From: Tacoma, Toyota
Feb 8, 2012
Hey their Schmuck, looks like you joined MP just for these questions. Welcome.
The rough part of the road is about a half mile from the highway, so the walk from there is still a ways. You can find a place to camp before the rough spot, but do know that this part of the road is State Trust land. If you do have the high clearance, good tires, and a good off-road driver; you could make it through the rough section. But I'm about the only person that dives up there in 2WD these days. You'll have to make that call when you get there and see it.
Enjoy your visit.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Feb 8, 2012
Red has two wheel drive with a locking rear differential which is almost the same as 4X.
By Red
From: Tacoma, Toyota
Feb 10, 2012
No real noticeable difference with the lockers off. But I do tend to use them since I have them.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Apr 10, 2012
The rattlers are out in force and one dog has cost their owners $1200 bucks for his curiosity. Pay attention and keep your dog close.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Apr 1, 2013
This was one of the older thin steel SMC hangers being used for the anchor and it fractured along the bottom of the bolt hole. The rust showed that it had been this way for a while. about an eighth of an inch of un-rusted metal could be seen one the two fracture planes. This could have been very bad had the other one failed.

These were the old thinner gauge SMC hangers not the newer and quite usable ones. If you have not seen both it is hard to tell which ones you are clipping.
By C Miller
From: CA
Apr 1, 2013
Here's some photos to help illustrate the difference between the old and new style SMC bolt hangers -

Rock Climbing Photo: New (left) and old (right) style SMC bolt hangers....
New (left) and old (right) style SMC bolt hangers. Note the stamp is oriented differently on the two styles.

Rock Climbing Photo: New (top) and old (bottom) SMC bolt hangers showin...
New (top) and old (bottom) SMC bolt hangers showing the difference in thickness.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Apr 9, 2013
I have tried to convince folks there to camo the hangers and anchor hardware, so far to no avail. When the sun is at the right angle they just glow. Ticks can at least be brushed off.
By 1Eric Rhicard
May 16, 2013
Hey Lar, I think John just offered to pay for some hardware to ensure that it is up to standard. I would send him your address and say thank you. John is a stand up guy who contributes to the development and upkeep of hardware on old and new routes.
By 1Eric Rhicard
May 17, 2013
Hey Lar I used to throw cans in the lake and sink them with rocks. I dont do that any more. I will bring a stencil & some paint the next time I go Lar. R you upset about something?
By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
May 20, 2013
Huh? I don't get it. Eric's the most step up, selfless guy I know.
By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 26, 2013
The access road has claimed an axle and tie rod within the past two weeks. While the condition of the parts on these fairly rugged 4x4s can be debated, the road remains a serious undertaking.
By David Stephens
From: Superior AZ
Nov 28, 2013
"The access road has claimed an axle and tie rod within the past two weeks. While the condition of the parts on these fairly rugged 4x4s can be debated, the road remains a serious undertaking."
It's the drivers on the road that claims the brake downs...not the road.
By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
Feb 16, 2014
I left my cheap sunglasses at the base of Tough Enough at the Rough Rider Wall on Feb 15, 2014. You can leave them there as I will be back to retrieve them and delete this comment soon enough.
By Hannahlily
From: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Feb 17, 2014
Hey I think I dropped my headlamp on the walk out about two weeks ago - has anyone seen a white black diamond headlamp?
By Nate Watkins
From: Cambridge, Ma
Oct 15, 2014
Bring your nuts and be prepared to sack up if you plan to try to drive the road. After the large amounts of rain there are 3 -5ft deep ruts for 30 - 40 yards on the road at the beginning. Bring a rock crawler or even just 4 wheelers if you don't want to walk. You have to hit everything just perfect or you'll roll down the hill, destroy an axle, or bottom out your oil pan.
By David Adams
Nov 22, 2014
Went out today (11/22/2014) and the road is fine.
By Mitch Beiser
Feb 23, 2015
Amazing place. The dirt road approach is definitely in need of FWD, lockers would be nice but not necessary. I made it cleanly with a Toyota Landcruiser in AWD and did not use lockers, with 22s and encountered no dings so to me it was a pretty rough ride but just pick the good line and you should be just fine. Definitely not a insane transmission dropping FWD experience though from what has been said in here before. Perhaps the road isn't as bad anymore. Yet, I would highly recommend the hike if needed because this place is beautiful with tall and amazing routes! Thanks to all who have put in such hard work in developing this place.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Jul 23, 2015
Have to agree with John H. Those of you who have climbed there know, this is a very special place. The we have the ability to preserve access to it for us now and future generations is more than a responsibility to me it's an honor. Thanks for posting this up John.
By Joshua Munoz
Sep 10, 2015
Has anyone been recently? What's the road condition like? Last I went was in May and it was still pretty bad.
By Dan Evans
From: Phoenix, AZ
Nov 30, 2015
Just drove this yesterday and ended up turning around due to the road's condition. I drive a stock Toyota Tacoma FWD (no additional lift) with rough terrain trail tires and I wasn't able to make the road. It is absolutely horrible with the "crux" being about a mile into it. Road requires serious high clearance FWD vehicles otherwise do not even bother.. We need to get a group together to go fix the road. It wouldn't be hard if we had enough people.

Getting there: Take Hwy 60 East to the 177 S into the town of Winkelman. From Winkelman get on the 77 N, drive roughly 14 miles from the junction and the front entrance will be on your right hand side. It's pretty hard to see until you actually drive by it due to the terrain along side the road, so keep your eyes peeled once you reach the 13 mile marker. The front entrance takes you down a small hill to a gate that reads "CLOSE GATE BEHIND YOU" in big red letters on a white board. We turned around about a mile past the gate where the road gets really bad, but hope these directions help those of you with high clearance FWD vehicles.
By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 30, 2015
Daniel, the Access Fund Conservation Team is organizing an event next week (December 5). They are coordinating with CASA and other local climbing organizations. Register here:
By 1Eric Rhicard
Dec 2, 2015
Despite the dire reports, people I know with 4X4 experience, have driven up this just last week with a two wheel drive truck with locking differential just last week. Come out and help us and the access fund this weekend. No need to drive the road.
By Pat Mac
From: Tempe
Dec 8, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: New rappel station above Finland. Best use if for ...
New rappel station above Finland. Best use if for going directly to Tufa City.

New rap station above Finland. Best use is to access Tufa City directly.
By Dan H.
Dec 14, 2015
Based on what I can find online, I'm very impressed with all the work that has been done, especially the recent weekend with the help of the Access Fund. Is a high clearance 4x4 still required to access the routes without a 3 or 4 mile approach hike? I'm thinking of coming out from CT and won't have access to such a vehicle.
By Mike Morin
From: North Conway, NH
Dec 15, 2015
The road is quite gnarly, you still need a 4x4 to get in with out a walk. However, the walk in isn't that bad, especially if you plan on camping at the new Access Fund trailhead. My suggestion for those that are planning on spending a few days and are walking in would be to hike in the night before set up camp, chill, and enjoy the views. The next morning it's a relatively easy hike into the canyon.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Dec 15, 2015
It isn't a 3-4 mile hike. If you stayed just off the highway where a passenger car can go it is only an hour and 15 minutes to the first cliffs. Add 15 to 25 minutes if you go to Tufa City or Marley Wall with a full pack. I say this with the caveat that you have to be in reasonable cardio shape. If you are there for multiple days bring a dry bag and stash your gear so you don't have to carry it every day then the hike is a breeze and unless you have been to Europe the limestone is fantastic and worth the walk with real 'Merican made Tufas!
By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
Dec 15, 2015
This page has been updated to reflect the new approach. This approach was made possible due to the efforts of the Access Fund, 6 local climbing organizations, and many volunteers.

If anyone wants to improve upon this page, submit a page improvement or I can reassign ownership.
By Ty Tyler
From: Tucson, AZ
Feb 28, 2016
3/5/16 Road repair update:

The Access Fund arranged a few days of repairs on the Homestead approach rd. The machine wrapped up 2 days of repairs. Jason (pro-bono contractor) crushed it and made a HUGE improvement to the very worst section. Pretty much night & day

Filled in the deep ruts and gullies, reshaped sections and created a flat road bed. Work stretched for about 400ft and had to be stopped right as the road turns back left due to steepness & time. Additionally, two of us headed out today & dig out a few drainages.

Conditions are drastically improved, but all-wheel drive, 4x4 and good clearance are still recommended. PLEASE help us keep the road in the best condition possible by driving in a LOWER gear, avoid spinning your tires and maintain a reasonable speed. 2-wheel drive is NOT advisable and will only shorten the life of repairs.

Its taken years to get the road where it is today, so lets work hard at keeping it that way! An AF member provided his pro-bono professional time & passed on some paid work to help us out. Let's make his efforts worth it.

Go and enjoy the Homestead's new campsites, fire rings, parking and approach trail!!
By Patrick Perrin
Nov 14, 2016
Is the Homestead kid friendly for 5 and 8 year old boys? We are contemplating a 12 hour drive from Colorado for Thanksgiving break and would be bringing the kids and dog. They are good campers and climb some but don't know about the hikes and bases at this place. Haven't run into anyone from CO who knows. Any beta would be helpful. Thanks!
By BenClimbing
Nov 19, 2016
Homestead is pretty rough around the edges. To err on the side of caution, I would say no. At least not without checking it out for yourself first.
By amy.lacross
Nov 29, 2016
We haven't been able to get out here before but are contemplating a first trip. However, we're thinking about bringing our 10 month old (walking) baby with us (and some friends are coming along to watch her while we climb) but want to know what the ground around the climbing faces are like. Is there a relatively flat place near any of the faces where our friends could park it with a blanket and our little one (who will want to run around a bit)? Somewhere out of the way of the climbers but still relatively close? Or would you say it's not a reasonable place to bring the little one? (I saw the comment above about the 5 and 8 year olds)...
By BenClimbing
Nov 30, 2016
This photo shows what is typical at the base of the walls.
There are a few exceptions, of course, but usually about 5' of flat-ish area then dropping off steeply down to the wash below. There are lots of unfriendly plants (Spikes, thorns, and barbs). There are also rattlers, scorpions and lots of aggressive bees when it is warmer outside. I don't have kids but I know lots of climbers do and I have rarely seen anyone bring their kids out there.
By Charles Vernon
From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 30, 2016
Amy, I have an 11 month old daughter that we've taken along climbing lots of times on Mt. Lemmon and Cochise. I am pretty paranoid about rockfall and bees in particular, and have a working list of good spots near Tucson. I wouldn't take her anywhere near the Homestead. I made a list for Mt. Lemmon in this post. Happy to share any more suggestions if you have more questions.
By amy.lacross
Nov 30, 2016
Charles and BenClimbing, thanks very much for the beta. That's super helpful feedback. Looks like our trip to the homestead will have to happen when we can leave the little one with a sitter at home. :) Charles, your baby friendly crag list is awesome. We've climbed at most of these spots but it's good to know others have found them baby friendly too!
By Peter Franzen
General Admin
From: Phoenix, AZ
Dec 7, 2016
Lots of work was done with the Access Fund on the road and some of the trails on 12/3/2016. The road is still pretty rugged in a couple of spots although there were a couple of Subaru Outbacks that had made it up there.
By Phillip Young
Dec 12, 2016
Visited past Friday (09 Dec. 2016) : Lat/Long for the 1st gate just off Highway 77 is N 33 08'.702" / W 110 47'.834" - The current lettering on the sign (red block letters) is: "PLEASE CLOSE OHE GATE"
FYI, it is 2.8 miles in to the kiosk (2 miles to next gate and hiking trail across; another .4 miles to the 3rd gate). We were 2nd of four groups in area that day; road has been worked but semi-gnarly is spots (until you top-out on ridge). HAVE FUN... RangerPhil (Santa Fe, NM)
By J.Kruse
From: Las Cruces, NM
Dec 15, 2016
planning to spend some time here over the holidaze, but quite certain my vehicle won't be able to make it up the road to the camping area. how heinous would it be to hump in gear, water, etc... for a couple days? any tips on what our best option would be? thanks for the advice.
By BenClimbing
Dec 15, 2016
I wouldn't. Carrying camping gear all the way in from the road would suck. A lot. I think you could camp on the state trust land before the bad road (not positive of this) but if you did you would need to get a permit from the state for about $15 to be legal (again, not positive of this)and you would have to walk 3-4 miles each way to climb. Not flat hiking, either. I would suggest trying to coordinate a ride in and out for you and your stuff.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Dec 17, 2016
Camp at the first left right after turning on to the road. If you can't hitch a ride in the morning with someone hike in and leave your climbing gear until the next morning so all you need to do is carry in food and water. Takes about an hour according to the dozen or so people I have talked to who did it.
By Aaron Miller
From: Santa Fe, NM
Dec 21, 2016
Hey Homestead folks. Kudos on such a fun area, lots of great route artistry on quality limestone. Glad we came to check it out, had a blast. I wouldn't bring my Subaru in on that road, but 4WD pickup did OK, hard on the tires. We shuttled some folks in and out and they said about 1:45 walk to crag from campground. Psyched to get ride.

Just a comment on your bolting hardware. Most of the bolts are mixed metals, stainless hangers on plated bolts, and some are plated on plated. A fair number of these young routes are already showing signs of corrosion. Now, I know in the 90's a lot of mixed metal was placed in desert crags across the west, and in some cases, they are still doing ok because its so dry and they are in basalt or some other non-carbonate rock. But in limestone, they deteriorate fast.

Read this

There will be a fairly significant retro-hardware workload here in the near future. Might want to start that discussion soon.
By Yueyang Meng
From: Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Jan 21, 2017
We just there two weeks ago, and the place is amazing!!! We don't have 4WD car, so we took all our gears (include waters for three days of staying) and hike in. The hike is not that bad if you take it nice and slow. After climbing in this place, we feel the hike is worth. Although, if we have a 4WD car the trip will be ten times better because we could stay there longer.
By Doug Orr
Feb 24, 2017
Hi! Wondering if this crag is dog friendly. Obviously cactus could be an issue. Has there been bee activity? Or would it be better to leave the beast at the folks house? Would really like to spend some time here. How about wood ticks? Not a lot of wood around...! We are from Canada and will be camping in a mini van. Is the camping at the lower parking nice? Any info would be appreciated.
By David Stephens
From: Superior AZ
Sep 27, 2017
With the Homestead season being just around the corner...A friend and I thought; a day hike was in order and drive out on Friday 9/22. The road work from last year has held up extremely well. The new water bars work great and put the runoff into the wash. This accumulation of runoff comes down and crosses the road just after the first gate. It's not bad dry but looks like it gets wet in high water times. The road is still rough and requires a high clearance vehicle with some Off-road capabilities.

This was just a hiking and driving day so we left the parking about 10:30 and took our time. We hiked the Wash up to Sate Nation and then out. It would have been very climbable in the shade all day.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Sep 28, 2017
^thanks for the recon David, MP needs more like you

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