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Montezuma's Head 

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,683'
Location: 31.95516, -112.80151 View Map  Incorrect?
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Organ Pipe Cactus NM, Southern Arizona

Check with the park for the latest information on climbing and backcountry use.


This Sonoran desert park sits along the border between Arizona and Mexico.

While an assortment of climbs have been done on the (generally) chossy cliffs within the park, the feature that probably has drawn the most climbers is the free-standing tower of Montezuma's Head.

For climbing purposes, the area is probably best visited in the winter.

Getting There 

The park is usually accessed by Highway 85 (the Sonoita Highway).

Climbing Season

For the Southern Arizona area.

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

The Northwest Chimney Route 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13  Arizona : Southern Arizona : ... : Montezuma's Head
About 100 feet up and to the right (SW) of the north col are a cluster of steep chimneys that are located just above a small cliff band. This route follows one of these chimney/tubes to the mid-height meadow. P1) Climb one of the chimney/tubes to the meadow (Variation 1). 150 ft; 5.8?P2) On the NW corner of the tower an obvious ledge system can be seen leading up and left (east). Climb up in the back of an alcove to the ledge, then follow this left past a good ring piton (5.4 traverse ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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