Las Cruces Area Climbing Rock Climbing
The second largest city in New Mexico after Albuquerque. Located way down by the Texas and Mexico border. Very mild winters means rock climbing year round, as long as you think climbing in intense desert heat is feasible.
Areas around Las Cruces include:
The Organ Mountains
, a jagged ridge of rugged peaks. It's got a bit of everything, from bouldering at Pena Blanca
, to drive-up cragging at La Cueva
or high adventurous peaks along the rocky spine which distinguishes Las Cruces' sky-line.
The Dona Ana Mountains
are granitic mountains just north of town. Multi-pitch trad routes and bouldering abound here. Rough and Ready Hills
are the locals sport crag. About twenty routes on a short volcanic cliff-band west of the city.
As for climbing services: NMSU has a small climbing wall and gear shop and the Bike Store, Outdoor Adventures has a small selection of climbing gear.
Las Cruces is at the cross-roads between I-10 and I-25.
Weather station 1.2 miles from here
379 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',104],['2 Stars',131],['1 Star',122],['Bomb',4]
Classic Climbing Routes in Las Cruces Area Climbing
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Las Cruces Area Climbing:
Featured Route For Las Cruces Area Climbing
Finger Zinger 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
: Organ Mountains
: ... : The Citadel
Described as "classic Organ's friction" this climb definitely delivers. It has been re-bolted in recent years making it safer although still a bold lead. Don't expect edges larger than 1/8" for most of the climb. Start by climbing 12' to gain a narrow ledge. traverse right about 20' and clip the first bolt nearly 35' off the deck. While this may seem daunting, the traverse is easy 5th class. From here, enjoy razor edges and thin friction the whole way up. Moving into a shallow corner system to t...[more] Browse More Classics in NM