Sedona Area Rock Climbing
Doing the jump-across off The Mace. I never get t...
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.
We've separated the Sedona area into three small regions; Sedona
- **** 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.
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.
Doing the jump-across off The Mace. I never get tired of this climb. Photo by Wednesday Hugus.
includes all those areas found on this side of town including the Dry Creek Road Areas, Coffee Pot Rock Areas, and more.
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.
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.
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.
Weather station 0.3 miles from here
318 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',34],['3 Stars',134],['2 Stars',112],['1 Star',28],['Bomb',3]
Classic Climbing Routes in Sedona Area
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Red Lizard 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Arizona
: Sedona Area
: ... : The Cemetery
Follow the line of bolts up the center of the buttress past numerous weird cruxes. There are often good rests. An intermediate anchor at 90' is a sensible place to stop, but you can continue on at 5.9+ through an exposed headwall. This will require two ropes or two lowers, unless you lower from a single bolt & quicklink at a point where things get low angle. From here, with backcleaning, you can lower off with a 70m rope, but it's probably a bad idea to use just one bolt as your anchor. Hon...[more] Browse More Classics in Arizona