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Sedona Area Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,500'
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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.

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 0.2 miles from here

293 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',32],['3 Stars',130],['2 Stars',98],['1 Star',23],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',12],['5.8',14],['5.9',38],['5.10',115],['5.11',73],['5.12',30],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',3],['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:
Sedona's Scenic Cruise    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   Sedona : Gibraltar Rock
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
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
Touched By An Angel   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 650'   Sedona : Mormon Canyon
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
Tasmanian Devil   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Coffeepot Rock Area : Soldiers Pass
The Great Dihedral    5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b A0     Trad, Aid, 10 pitches, 900'   West Sedona : The Great Wall
Trundler's Club   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 5 pitches, 350'   Church Spires Area : Trundler's Club Buttress
Rotor Rampage   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   Marg's Draw : Self Loathing National Monu...
Castles in the Sand   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 150'   Church Wall and Religion Wa... : Church Wall
Starlord   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 360'   Sedona : Mormon Canyon
Enter the Vortex   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R     Trad, 3 pitches, 280'   Cathedral Rock Area : The Dodger
Pussy Mind Trick    5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Church Spires Area : Trundler's Club Buttress
"Southern Revival" South Face of Oak Creek Spire   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 6 pitches, 560'   Oak Creek Spire Area : Oak Creek Spire
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'   Church Spires Area : The Planetarium
Red Planet   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Dry Creek Road Area : The Fin
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Featured Route For Sedona Area
Rock Climbing Photo: The step across

Original Route 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  AZ : Sedona Area : ... : The Mace
The Mace is a classic Sedona route, and one of the "must do" lines in the area. If you're used to Moab area towers, this is a bit of a disappointment in terms of rock quality, but the adventure itself is wonderful.Approach from a small trailhead off of Back O' Beyond Road in Sedona. The hike is 15-20 minutes at a leisurely pace.P1: Climb up chimney (or the runout face to the right) to a crack through limestone band. Pull a small roof to gain a big alcove with eyebolt belay. 5.7.P2: Head up a h...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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: Morning Glory Spire (L.) to Steamboat Rock (R.) fr...
Morning Glory Spire (L.) to Steamboat Rock (R.) fr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cathedral Rock in Sedona
Cathedral Rock in Sedona
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: downtown Sedona from the base of Epitaph
downtown Sedona from the base of Epitaph
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: Overlook from near the airport at Sedona.  Still h...
Overlook from near the airport at Sedona. Still h...
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: 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: 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: Sedona Overview Map
BETA PHOTO: Sedona Overview Map
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: Sedona, March 09.
Sedona, March 09.
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.

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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
By Timothy Gibson
2 days ago
Can anyone offer a brief overview of the best option for cold weather climbing in the area (sport or multipitch trad)?