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This area includes all bouldering in the Tucson region, with the exception of bouldering areas in the Santa Catalina Mountains (Mount Lemmon). See Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalina Mountains) for bouldering there.

While southeastern Arizona is host to many superb sport and trad climbing areas, one common complaint is the lack of quality bouldering. Compared to many other areas of the country, this is a fair complaint. However, there are some decent options, and new bouldering areas are being developed all the time.

Joe Kreidel's website,, is perhaps the best resource for detailed and up to date information on Tucson bouldering.

Getting There 

See individual areas for access information and directions.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.6 miles from here

165 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',32],['2 Stars',79],['1 Star',45],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Tucson Area Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tucson Area Bouldering:
Big Bulge Easy   V0 4     Boulder   Gate's Pass
Sanctuary   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   The Sanctuary : Sanctuary Boulder
Northwest Arete    V1 5 PG13     Boulder, 25'   Gate's Pass
Big Undercling   V1 5     Boulder   Gate's Pass
Left-Right Traverse - Small Upper Boulder   V1 5     Boulder, 20'   Gate's Pass
Javelina Center   V1-2 5     Boulder   Silverbell Boulders : Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
Quivering Beast   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   Panther Peak : Beast Boulder
Scary Fall of Death   V4 6B X     Boulder, 27'   Gate's Pass
Main Upper Prow Jug to Left   V4 6B     Boulder   Gate's Pass
Fat Hunk of Burning Love   V4 6B R     Boulder, 20'   Panther Peak : HUB
The Arete   V5 6C     Boulder, 9'   Silverbell Boulders : Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
Hueco Placebo   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Silverbell Boulders : Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
The Rails   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Silverbell Boulders : Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
F in A Dyno   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Silverbell Boulders : Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
Broken Rubber   V6 7A     Boulder   Gate's Pass
Righteous Beast    V6+ 7A     Boulder, 30'   Panther Peak : Beast Boulder
Pocket Stuffer   V7 7A+     Boulder, 6'   Silverbell Boulders : Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
Cig Machine   V7 7A+     Boulder, 20'   Panther Peak : Split Boulder
A-Frame Crimps   V7-8 7B     Boulder   Silverbell Boulders : Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
Tage Der Schurzen   V10 7C+     Boulder, 10'   Silverbell Boulders : Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
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Featured Route For Tucson Area Bouldering
Rock Climbing Photo: Joe Kreidel on Cig Machine (V3), Panther Peak.

Cig Machine V7 7A+  Arizona : Southern Arizona : ... : Split Boulder
Great pocket and block climbing on a tall, steep wall with a perfect landing. Afternoon shade.Squat start just left of the buried rock in two juggy pockets. Make few moves up to a small cobble/pocket (the broken hold) then make a long move directly right to a block pinch. (Edit: The new beta involves the hueco to the right to gain the block pinch.) Move across and then up to a jug. From here a long move up left to a white pocket, then continue straight up to eventually top out at a small palo ve...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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