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Oct 20, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Me and Norman
What could be benefits if I drive 4 WD from Colorado to Red Rock climbing area? How many areas need 4WD for climbing?
With a quick math, the gas cost will be almost doubled if I drive my Xtera instead of Camry.($510 vs 230)
From Centennial, CO
Joined May 2, 2012
134 points
Oct 20, 2013
In my limited experience, you don't need 4WD for RR. Getting to Black Velvet Canyon is better in a high-clearance vehicle, but I don't think there's anything to be gained by 4WD. Most of the trailheads are passenger-car friendly.

I'm sure one of the locals will chime in with more accurate info.
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
284 points
Oct 20, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Nearing the end of Thank God Ledge.
No 4WD needed. Black Velvet road is a little bumpy at the end but no high clearance needed. Jeff G.
From Fort Collins
Joined Feb 26, 2006
1,022 points
Oct 23, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Skiing around.
I have taken a Honda Civic back to Black Velvet. Not the best idea, but I went slow and it worked out. I also see lots of normal passenger cars out there on weekends. If you are looking to get a higher clearance vehicle, a few more options around Vegas open up. You can always do what I did, get a 4WD truck for climbing and camping and a motorcycle for commuting (one of my bikes gets 40+ mpg). Darren in Vegas
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 13, 2006
2,230 points
Oct 27, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Half dome Cables
I'd just take the camry. No need to go to black velvet canyon unless there is a climb there that you HAVE to do. So many other classic routes around the loop Jan Tarculas
From Riverside, Ca
Joined Mar 6, 2010
957 points
Oct 28, 2013
I saw a couple of Pruises/Prii at the parking area of Black Velvet Wall a couple of weeks ago and was surprised that they made it there. So 4WD is definitely not needed. Ricardo Bravo
From Sparks, NV
Joined Apr 6, 2011
12 points
Oct 28, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Me at the good rest on Doggie Do
Echoing what others have said - high clearance is nice to have, 4WD not necessary. Weston L
From Summerlin, NV
Joined Mar 14, 2010
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