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Kraft Boulders Rock Climbing 

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The Kraft Boulders are located before the Red Rocks Visitors center. Great Boulders outside of a residential area. Hundreds of problems from V0 to V10. The very first boulder is called the Cube and it is hard to miss considering its size. The cube is about 25 ft. with a many routes including Agent orange (V8). There is a rap anchor on the north side of the boulder if you get sketched out down climbing the V3.

IMPORTANT: Waste bags are provided by the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council in order to reduce human waste issues at the crags and boulders. Please feel free to take one, use as directed, and dispose of in any trash receptacle. Please do not leave them lying around, and do not throw them in the toilets at the parking areas. The project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club's Cornerstone Conservation Grant, with additional funding from the Access Fund and Mountain Gear. Please do your part to be a good steward of this amazing climbing area.

Getting There 

From Vegas, take highway 159 past the campground but not quite to the visitors center. Take the right turn to red springs. You will wind through a neighborhood but keep going straight on the main road. The road will have a pull off for a trailhead which is popular but go right and straight down that road. The road has a dead end with gray rock on both sides of the road, park here. Take the trail in front of you. From there the trail takes you to the boulders in about a minute or two depending on how fast you walk.

Access Alert 

There are boulders in this area with archeological significance-- the Caliman boulder in particular. Please be mindful of rock art and be aware that it is illegal to climb within 50' of petroglyphs. Note also that the BLM is considering possible closures in this area, and being mindful of access issues can help keep the boulder open for climbing.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.5 miles from here

139 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',45],['2 Stars',71],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Kraft Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Kraft Boulders:
Plumbers Crack (North side chimney)   V0 4 R     Boulder, 25'   Plumber's Crack
Poker Chips   V0-1 4+     Boulder   Potato Chip
Perfect Poser   V1 5 R     Boulder, 25'   The Cube
Monkey Crack   V1 5     Boulder, 20'   Monkey Bar Boulder
Fluffer   V1-2 5     Boulder, 15'   Warm-up Boulders Main
Potato Chips   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   Potato Chip
Plumber's Crack   V2 5+ R     Boulder, 40'   Plumber's Crack
Monkey Left   V2 5+     Boulder, 20'   Monkey Bar Boulder
Odyssey   V3- 6A     Boulder, 15'   Odyssey
The Clam Bumper   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   The Pearl
Jenna's Jewelry   V4- 6B     Boulder, 10'   The Pearl
Jones'n   V4+ 6B+     Boulder, 12'   Burnout Boulder
The Pearl   V5- 6C     Boulder, 12'   The Pearl
Monkey Pinch   V5 6C     Boulder, 30'   Monkey Bar Boulder
Classic Monkey   V6 7A     Boulder, 8'   Monkey Bar Boulder
Vino Rojo   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Bathtub Boulder
Slopey Traverse   V6 7A     Boulder, 20'   Slopey Traverse Boulder
Monkey Bar Traverse   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 20'   Monkey Bar Boulder
Angel Dyno   V7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Angel Dyno
Bubble Butt   V7 7A+     Boulder, 20'   Bubble Butt Boulder
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Rock Climbing Photo: Desert Tortoise, near The Pearl, June 2004, Kraft ...
Desert Tortoise, near The Pearl, June 2004, Kraft ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jona Marie Price at the Kraft Boulders. Photo by B...
Jona Marie Price at the Kraft Boulders. Photo by B...
Rock Climbing Photo: Resting along the way to the top.  Not very hard, ...
Resting along the way to the top. Not very hard, ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Warm up booulder Photo: Jon Lemon
Warm up booulder Photo: Jon Lemon
Rock Climbing Photo: Lizard staying cool in June 2004, Kraft Boulders.
Lizard staying cool in June 2004, Kraft Boulders.
Rock Climbing Photo: Picante Roof Boulder
Picante Roof Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Trashed car on the way to Kraft.
Trashed car on the way to Kraft.
Rock Climbing Photo: Path to Kraft Boulders
Path to Kraft Boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: The Krafts
The Krafts
Rock Climbing Photo: Betty Boulder
Betty Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Waste Bag dispenser at the Kraft Mtn. Trailhead co...
Waste Bag dispenser at the Kraft Mtn. Trailhead co...

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By rex parker
From: las vegas n.v
Apr 23, 2007
Recently the residents of Calico have put up signs in the cul-de-sac, that tell people not to park in the very end of the cul-de-sac so please don't, just park before the signs, be courteous and don't taunt the labs!
By Schook
From: las vegas
May 10, 2007
A parking area is supposably being built on the west side of the cul-de-sac....more info as it becomes available.
By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Nov 12, 2007
Use the parking lot for Cannibal Crag and walk on the road that goes directly 'right' from the parking on the map (thanks for posting that) and you go down into a gulley and back out, if you keep heading straight you come to the Cube. Angle to the right if you want to go towards Potato Chip or Pearl boulders, etc. The bouldering guidebook available at the Red Rock visitor center is good.
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
May 12, 2011
On 5/12/11, the LVCLC and the BLM did a major repair and re-routing of the Kraft Boulders trail as it leaves the parking lot. Please use the new trail (well defined by post/cable entry and fully rock lined patch) and let the old one return to its pre-trail condition.

The trail was re-routed to help prevent erosion and to keep people from using the old trail.
By Adam T.
From: San Diego, CA
Apr 24, 2013
Pretty sure these are the coordinates for the parking lot: 36.156848,-115.420282

Please correct me if I'm wrong. Coordinates are so much easier than vague directions, without street names, in areas that are continually being developed. Hopefully this will save people some time.
By jeff1989
Apr 25, 2015
Did anyone "find" a crash pad at kraft parking lot today (4/25) around mid afternoon with a pair of new la sportiva muira's, a pair of womens purple and grey scarpa's, and a blue puffy jacket? if so please email me at Otherwise whoever stole our gear i hope karma deals you a big steaming pile of f u.
By Anh Pham
Feb 1, 2016
Did anybody find or pick up a blue, green, and purple organic chalk bucket with a purple lapis brush on the front of it on 3/10/2016? Was possibly left around the bathtub boulder. If so, please contact me!!

Will be eternally grateful!
By WadeC
Mar 7, 2016
What time are the gates locked at the Kraft lot? With the warmer weather it would be nice to boulder after dark.
Thank you
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Mar 7, 2016
Calico Basin is considered a day use area. Officially, you're not supposed to be in Kraft after dark and your vehicle would be subject to a fine or being towed, depending on the residents mood and the responding officer.
Dec 6, 2016
Found a jacket at potato chip this past weekend. If you're missing one and can accurately describe it I'd love to return it to you.
By Taylor Craig
Mar 13, 2017
There are missing boulders on here. West side boulders need some love! Nothing for the 'Heart and Sole', 'Sorange', or the 'Spitting Venom' boulders.
By Garçon Rouge
Mar 19, 2017
agreed with above. West Side boulders have some fun climbs and need some attention on here.
By Andrew Cassidy
Mar 28, 2017
I'm convinced that I left my 2-strap Send Kneepad out at Kraft last week. If you found it hit me up at I'll repay your kindness with $$$.
By Crimp Nasty
From: Chosstown, USA
5 days ago
Found a small pad with a headlamp on the trail out last night... Hit me up with a description of the items if they are yours.

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