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Sedona Area Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,500'
Location: 34.86786, -111.76197 View Map  Incorrect?
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Doing the jump-across off The Mace. I never get t...

Description 

Sedona is a great place to rock climb - situated on the southern end of the Colorado Plateau, Sedona is known for innumerable sandstone spires and towers. While the rock is often soft and routes can be inconsistent in quality, there are many great adventures to be had. Many great cragging routes are also available, as well as bouldering and some basalt climbing at the higher elevations.

Sedona itself is a beautiful place to visit, though a bit on the touristy side. Camping can be found in both pay sites and on National Forest land nearby.

  • **** RAIN AND WET ROCK ***** As with all soft stone areas, the sandstone in SEDONA is fragile, and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN SEDONA during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby.

We've separated the Sedona area into three small regions;

Sedona proper includes all the areas around the main part of town, including Cathedral Spires, Marges Draw, Mooses Butte, Damfino Canyon, Mormon Canyon, and much more.
Rock Climbing Photo: Doing the jump-across off The Mace.  I never get t...
Doing the jump-across off The Mace. I never get tired of this climb. Photo by Wednesday Hugus.


West Sedona includes all those areas found on this side of town including the Dry Creek Road Areas, Coffee Pot Rock Areas, and more.
Rock Climbing Photo: The limestone band of the second pitch is stunning...
The limestone band of the second pitch is stunning in lends itself nicely to photos. Photo credit- Tim Glasby


And finally there is Oak Creek Village south of Sedona proper, which is home to such grand formations as Courthouse Butte and Oak Creek Spire.
Rock Climbing Photo: Low on the pitch
Low on the pitch


As far as the climbing goes you will either love it or hate it. However, the beauty of the area is undeniable, and keeps a lot of us hungry for more.

Getting There 

Sedona sits at the intersection of highways 179 and 89A just south of Flagstaff. Routes are spread throughout many of the spires and canyons in the area.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.3 miles from here

329 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',38],['3 Stars',142],['2 Stars',111],['1 Star',28],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',14],['5.8',15],['5.9',44],['5.10',126],['5.11',86],['5.12',31],['5.13',5],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',2],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sedona Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sedona Area:
Regular Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Moose's Butte Area : Queen Victoria
Original North Face Route   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 225'   Church Spires Area : Streaker Spire
Mars Attacks   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 350'   Dry Creek Road Area : The Fin
Dr. Rubo's Wild Ride   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   Coffeepot Rock Area : Summit Block Rock
Sedona's Scenic Cruise    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   Gibraltar Rock Area : Gibraltar Rock
North Face/West Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Oak Creek Spire Area : Oak Creek Spire
Original Route   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   Cathedral Rock Area : The Mace
Earth Angel   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Sedona : Mormon Canyon
Epitaph   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Moose's Butte Area : Flying Buttress
The Windows Route   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 220'   Steamboat Rock/Midgley Brid... : Super Crack Tower
Coyote Tower   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 400'   Bell Rock / Courthouse Butt... : Courthouse Butte
Vortex in a Can   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Cathedral Rock Area : South Mesa
Starship Trooper   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   West Twin Butte : The Planetarium
Trundler's Club   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 5 pitches, 350'   East Twin Butte : Trundler's Club Buttress
Wild Wild West   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 300'   Moose's Butte Area : The Teapot
Space Cowboys   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   West Twin Butte : The Planetarium
Arch Enemy   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 400'   Moose's Butte Area : Flying Buttress
Castles in the Sand   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 150'   Church Wall and Religion Wa... : Church Wall
Shangri-La   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Trad, 5 pitches, 350'   Sedona : Lost Canyon
Mission To Mars   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   West Twin Butte : The Planetarium
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Featured Route For Sedona Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo for Starlord

Starlord 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  Arizona : Sedona Area : ... : Mormon Canyon
Starlord climbs the obvious and stunning steep crack on the left tower-wannabe in the back of the canyon just past Goliath. This stunning route boasts three stellar pitches, two with perfect patina splitters unlike almost anything else found in Sedona. Bomber rock, bomber placements, and just a good ole time in the galaxy more than make up for the hour approach. This route is high up in the canyon, so count on it being about 20 degrees colder than Sedona proper. In the shade most of the day, wit...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

Photos of Sedona Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: A bad day for climbing in Sedona.
A bad day for climbing in Sedona.
Rock Climbing Photo: Updated improved view from Airport Lookout.  Man w...
Updated improved view from Airport Lookout. Man w...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cathedral Rock in Sedona
Cathedral Rock in Sedona
Rock Climbing Photo: Morning Glory Spire (L.) to Steamboat Rock (R.) fr...
Morning Glory Spire (L.) to Steamboat Rock (R.) fr...
Rock Climbing Photo: downtown Sedona from the base of Epitaph
downtown Sedona from the base of Epitaph
Rock Climbing Photo: John Domaska doing a naked Tebow on the 40th anniv...
John Domaska doing a naked Tebow on the 40th anniv...
Rock Climbing Photo: Overlook from near the airport at Sedona.  Still h...
Overlook from near the airport at Sedona. Still h...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Boy in Slide Rock State Park.  March 09.
The Boy in Slide Rock State Park. March 09.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sedona: A Day At The Beach
Sedona: A Day At The Beach
Rock Climbing Photo: cathedral rock 5/23/2013
cathedral rock 5/23/2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Winter sunset from base of coyote tower.
Winter sunset from base of coyote tower.
Rock Climbing Photo: A view from the Dodger w/courthouse butte on the l...
A view from the Dodger w/courthouse butte on the l...
Rock Climbing Photo: A great view to the South with a couple of beautif...
A great view to the South with a couple of beautif...
Rock Climbing Photo: totally bomber, right?
totally bomber, right?
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Parks enjoys a dappled sky on the top of ano...
Chris Parks enjoys a dappled sky on the top of ano...
Rock Climbing Photo: Capitol Butte from Cathedral Rock. 10/27/07
Capitol Butte from Cathedral Rock. 10/27/07
Rock Climbing Photo: Red Rock Country! (not the best resolution)
BETA PHOTO: Red Rock Country! (not the best resolution)
Rock Climbing Photo: Bell Rock, 2005.
Bell Rock, 2005.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nowhere near Bell rock, 2005.
Nowhere near Bell rock, 2005.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ahhh to be filthy rich...  2005.
Ahhh to be filthy rich... 2005.
Rock Climbing Photo: I think the Courthouse Butte trail.  2005.
I think the Courthouse Butte trail. 2005.
Rock Climbing Photo: Never get tired of visiting this area.  2005.
Never get tired of visiting this area. 2005.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sedona is Beautiful!!!
Sedona is Beautiful!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Rapping off Krakatoa
Rapping off Krakatoa

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By Osprey Overhang
From: ...
Mar 10, 2012
Weather link for Sedona, AZ: forecast.weather.gov/MapClick....
By Psych
Apr 26, 2012
I'll be in town with family for only a few days in late May and would like to meet up or hire a local guide for a day of climbing in Sedona. Can anyone recommend someone to contact? I'll have only my harness and shoes, but no rack or rope. Thanks!
By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Jun 27, 2012
Going to the party for the new guidebook!


Rock Climbing Photo: Come on and get a book
Come on and get a book
By tom sykes
Feb 3, 2014
ill be in sedona in march and was looking for a local climbing guide, since i will only have my shoes and a harness with me, know of anybody i could contact??
By Keith Preston
Jun 22, 2014
I'm heading to the Sedona area in late September and looking for a guide. I'm an experienced climber but just visting and have an extra day. I'd like to hook up with someone that knows the routes and area well. Any help?
By hatman
From: Bend, OR
Oct 15, 2014
Hi all,
visiting a friend in Sedona. She is unable to climb with me as she is attending a conference on the above dates. Would love to find a partner so we can alternate lead 5.8, .9's and 10's, and I'll follow 11's. 541 699 9176 Ralph

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