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Priest Draw Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,000'
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Priest Draw is a beautiful, grassy plain 50 yards wide that separates sporadic limestone bluffs on each side. Most of the climbing is on the sunny, south facing side of the Draw, and the bluffs are spread out over a 2 mile distance from the beginning of the road.

One of the only free standing boulders, The Triangle Boulder, greets visitors with dead vertical warm-ups and a variety of good eliminates. Behind the Triangle is a nice little wall with several good problems and a plaque commemorating Robert Drysdale, a prolific developer of the area.

A little further down the road is the parking area. Back in the day you could drive the road right up to any of the bluffs in the Draw, but overuse by a variety of user groups eventually led to it's closure and the creation of the parking area around 2002. Camping is not permitted here, but a road forking left just before the parking area leads to a number of good sites.

A handful of walls and roofs, such as Killer Wall, Pottery Wall, White Wall and Puzzle Box, are just a minutes walk from the parking area. Anorexic, Monster and Mars roofs have the longest walks...about 15-20 minutes.

Climbers are by far the biggest user group here now, and so keeping Priest Draw beautiful is largely our responsibility.

Getting There 

Head towards The Pit, pass the pullout, take next right follow road for about 3.5 miles take right turn onto dirt road and park at preist draw sign (300 yds)

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.4 miles from here

76 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',37],['2 Stars',25],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Priest Draw

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Priest Draw:
Left Arete   V0 4     Boulder, 16'   Welcome Boulder A.K.A. Tria...
The Fin   V1-2 5     Boulder, 12'   The Bat Roof
Dishwasher   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Parking Area Bouldering
The Coffin   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Coffin Roof
The Bat Cave   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 12'   The Bat Roof
Man Tits   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 12'   Welcome Boulder A.K.A. Tria...
Bat Roof Direct   V4 6B     Boulder   The Bat Roof
The Whip and the Cross   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 12'   Parking Area Bouldering
The Loaf   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Monster Roof
Thin Man   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Monster Roof
The Hermit   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Puzzle Box
Anorexic Sacrifice    V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Anorexic Roof
Twister   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Floor Pie Roof / Flying Sau...
Floor Pie   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Floor Pie Roof / Flying Sau...
Puffer Fish   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Puzzle Box
Move N' Groove Barbie   V7 7A+     Boulder   Monster Roof
Carnivore   V8 7B     Boulder, 18'   Anorexic Roof
Carnivore Direct   V9 7C     Boulder, 12'   Anorexic Roof
Cosmic Tricycle   V9-10 7C+     Boulder   Puzzle Box
The Receptionist   V10 7C+     Boulder, 20'   Mars Roof
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Featured Route For Priest Draw
Rock Climbing Photo: Committing move at the end of Twister

Twister V6 7A  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : Floor Pie Roof / Flying Sau...
Weird but memorable moves make this a sorta-classic. Start on big pinches above the shelf and climb to a sharp, roundish pocket. Throw to the notch, stick your feet in and commit to the bat-hang finish. Untangle and mantel....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

Photos of Priest Draw Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Cora climbing in her Halloween costume.
Cora climbing in her Halloween costume.
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Hoch, the designer of all the best beta and o...
Matt Hoch, the designer of all the best beta and o...
Rock Climbing Photo: Walking away from The Brain Boulder
Walking away from The Brain Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Rob Drysdale spotting on FA of Down with the Bass,...
Rob Drysdale spotting on FA of Down with the Bass,...
Rock Climbing Photo: Triangle boulder (1st one you'll see)
BETA PHOTO: Triangle boulder (1st one you'll see)
Rock Climbing Photo: Danger, big roofs ahead...
Danger, big roofs ahead...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing the Triangle with Ron Dawson
Climbing the Triangle with Ron Dawson
Rock Climbing Photo: Not the Draw: Lee warms up on an easy highball at ...
Not the Draw: Lee warms up on an easy highball at ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hanging out with friends in the Draw
Hanging out with friends in the Draw
Rock Climbing Photo: Me, trying too hard on a V2 (found the real beta l...
Me, trying too hard on a V2 (found the real beta l...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dishwasher, V3. Photo of me, by Alex (up in a tree...
Dishwasher, V3. Photo of me, by Alex (up in a tree...

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By Ladd
Sep 11, 2007
Is there a guidebook for this area that does any justice?
By Rossy B.
Feb 25, 2009
The directions that are written on the topo link are a little off. Here are better ones:

5 miles from the Mobil gas station take a Right on Crimson and follow that 3 miles to the draw. The topo says take a right on Ron Lockett Ranch Road (instead of Crimson), but this road doesn't exist.
By Quentin Tutt
From: Window Rock, AZ
Jun 24, 2009
I miss this place!
By stephc
Feb 26, 2017
Camping options for a mid-April visit? I was looking at some of the pay campsites and they don't open until May. Suggestions?

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