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The main loop in the North Foothills area with options to lengthen or shorten the ride. Near Sandia Heights, New Mexico
Foothills Trail 365 North
A nice singletrack through the lower potion of the Sandia Foothills. Near Sandia Heights, New Mexico
Armijo Trail
A pleasant trail running up Armijo Arroyo. Near Sandia Knolls, New Mexico
Foothills Trail 365 to the water tower
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A tough loop on the lower half of the Sanidas, mostly on singletrack. Near Sandia Knolls, New Mexico
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Santa Fe, a major tourist destination, the oldest capital city in the US, offers a wealth of cultural and outdoor experiences, and a wide variety of year-round climbing.

The nearest areas are:
Other areas with 1 hour include:
  • El Rito - cobble-y sport and easy 2-pitch trad
  • Taos - various types, sport & trad
Seek out the sunny cliffs of areas like Diablo and Cochiti in the colder months; in the summer, head to the shaded valley of the Pecos or the shady cliffs at Diablo and Eagle Canyon.

Camping The areas near most of the crags (Diablo, Cochiti) provide low-key opportunities for dirtbagging on public land. Be aware that the Pecos River Canyon has seen a lot of impact from camping. Lodging at various levels of luxury can be had in Santa Fe.

Climbing Gym The Santa Fe Climbing Center (SFCC) offers indoor climbing for the evenings and the cold,snowy days in the winter. The SFCC has a very friendly and knowledgeable staff and also offers outdoor guiding at local areas.

Gear The Santa Fe Climbing Center offers an ever-expanding selection of climbing gear including Black Diamond, Petzl and La Sportiva. The Santa Fe REI also has a decent selection of climbing gear.

Santa Fe Crags, bouldering, and alpine 

- Truchas Peaks: The Truchas Peaks area of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico offers a high abundance of quality, secluded hiking and mountain adventure.

- Diablo Canyon: Single to multi-pitch, sport and trad, less than vertical to overhanging. A nice variety of climbing on excellent to poor quality basalt.

- Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding Crags: Think vertical pockets and monos. Technical climbing away from the crowds on a former destination sport climbing area.

- Pecos River Canyon: Picturesque granite crag northeast of Santa Fe, NM.

- Apache Canyon Bouldering: A large overhanging chunk of sandstone with at least 20 different variations. Just 20 minutes outside of Santa Fe.

Getting There 

Head north of Albuquerque on I-25, you can't miss Santa Fe, the Capital of New Mexico!

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.6 miles from here

323 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',26],['3 Stars',177],['2 Stars',89],['1 Star',29],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Santa Fe Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Santa Fe Area:
Hellboy   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 165'   Diablo Canyon : Winter Wall
Post Moderate   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 165'   Diablo Canyon : Winter Wall
Humbolt   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Early Wall : Left End
Naked Lunch   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Diablo Canyon : Winter Wall
Good   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notc... : Grotto Left (East Side)
Evil Paradise   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notc... : Grotto Left (East Side)
Grape Ape   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 150'   Diablo Canyon : Winter Wall
Guillotine Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notc... : Upper Tier of The Grotto
Affirmative Action   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notc... : Grotto Left (East Side)
Sun Devil   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Sport, 3 pitches, 300'   Diablo Canyon : Sun Devil Wall
Airbus   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Early Wall : Observatory Wall (Upper Tie...
Cock -a-doodle-do   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   Cockscomb Crag : Poultrygeist Area
Astro Devil   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 3 pitches, 350'   Diablo Canyon : Sun Devil Wall
Pale Face   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Diablo Canyon : Winter Wall
Clovis Hunter   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 80'   Diablo Canyon : Solar Cave
40-Love   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Standby Shack (a.k.a. The S... : Main Wall
Ring Around The Rosie   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Standby Shack (a.k.a. The S... : Main Wall
Native Rituals   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Diablo Canyon : Solar Cave
Quest for Fire   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Diablo Canyon : Solar Cave
Tempest   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Standby Shack (a.k.a. The S... : Main Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: Ed loving the sloping pinches Native Rituals (5.12...

Native Rituals 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  New Mexico : Santa Fe Area : ... : Solar Cave
This cryptic route begins up relatively mellow, blocky rock, before hitting the first crux at the 3rd & 4th bolt. Slopey pinches and awkward body positions lead to a rattly double crimp hold and a terrible shake. From here, clip up then head over the next bulge with strenuous moves on small but positive crimps and pockets. Above the bulge a decent shake leads to a few more sequential moves to a no-hands stance on Clovis Hunter. A few more trivial moves deliver you below the fina...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By meghan c.
From: el paso, tx
Jun 10, 2016
We're heading up to Santa Fe this weekend to check it out and escape triple digit temps in El Paso. We're looking for nice shady climbing in the 5.8-5.11 range (sport or trad) with old dog-friendly short approaches. Is diablo the best bet? How hot is the camping there in the summer? We'd love to find some shady camping options near water ... any suggestions?

By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jun 10, 2016
Hi Meg, if you plan to stick close to Santa Fe for the weekend, Diablo is your best bet and, in particular, the shaded walls of Runway (Lower Tier) and chasing shade in The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notch).
The Main Wall of The Shack is shaded in the morning until about 1pm and while it doesn't have many great easier routes, it's got a number of fun 5.11s.

The free BLM camping at Diablo is likely to be pretty toasty. It's pretty exposed and low elevation. You could look to camp at one of the campgrounds along Hyde Park road just outside of Santa Fe.

I've not ever climbed in the Pecos River Canyon but it could be an option for climbing and camping if you're game for driving a bit from Santa Fe.

About an hour north of Santa Fe is the El Rito area which has nice dispersed and pay-for camping options. In particular, the Little River Wall has both climbing and camping near the El Rito River.

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