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X-Rock is probably the most used crag in Durango. Located just outside of town, this area offers everything from slab to crack climbs, sport, trad, and bouldering. A lot of local guiding companies like to use X rock to teach people how to climb. Like most of the area in Durango the rock in soft sandstone (though it does take gear well), but unlike East Animas the approach is flat and quick.

Getting There 

Go north on US Highway 550 you can park in the little parking lot just past the speed limit 55 sign (turn right). Per Matthias Holladay: turn left before the old La Plata Community Hospital and go up the driveway to the base of the slope. Look for X-Rock Parking signs to the left.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.2 miles from here

48 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',27],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in X Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for X Rock:
Durango Kid   V3 6A     Boulder   The Boxcar
Shark's Tooth   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   The Boxcar
The School Room   5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 55'   X Rock
Turnaround Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   The Gullies
Left X   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   X Rock
Monkey Hang   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch   X Rock
Horse Trough   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Gold Wall
Cranker Corner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 60'   The Gullies
Red Book   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   X Rock
The Itch   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Gold Wall
Green Wall   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   X Rock
Last Tango in Durango   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Elementary Wall
Jim's Route   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Dos XX
Sweet Sandstone   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Sweet Sandstone
Gold Wall   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Gold Wall
Roof of the X   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   X Rock
The Morgue   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Elementary Wall
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Featured Route For X Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Middle of Gold Wall.

Gold Wall 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  Colorado : Durango : ... : Gold Wall
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By Kevin Sainio
From: Durango, CO
Nov 3, 2010
A huge thank you goes out to everyone who on October 30th, participated in the first Rock the X day. Rock the X was a day of trail maintenance, garbage clean up, and anchor replacement at Durango's most popular climbing area. Due to everyone involved, there is now a sweet new trail leading from the dirt parking lot to the base of Gold wall all the way out to Ken's Face. Many of the routes that previously had no permanent anchors now do and the place is now trash free. Sponsors of the event included Kling Mountain Guides, Backcountry Experience, Pine Needle Mountaineering, Gardenshwartz Outdoors, Fort Lewis College's Outdoor Pursuits, San Juan College's Outdoor Leadership program, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the Access fund, Trails 2000, Ska Brewing, and Evolv Climbing Shoes, and more!! A special thank you goes out to Josh, owner of Kling Mountain Guides for organizing the event.

Rock Climbing Photo: The crew at work.
The crew at work.

Rock Climbing Photo: Just one of the many items removed.
Just one of the many items removed.

Rock Climbing Photo: Thanks to all the volunteers.
Thanks to all the volunteers.
By eli poss
From: Durango, Co
May 24, 2015
Bootied a stuck cam on the left X yesterday, PM me with what it is, and I'll get it back to you.
By eli poss
From: Durango, Co
Sep 17, 2015
Thank you very much to who ever did the road and trail work at X-Rock. That road desperately needed some attention. It is greatly appreciated! Next time there is trail work being done, please post something up here. I'd love to help.
By eli poss
From: Durango, Co
Oct 12, 2015
To the jerk who left a huge mess of chalk all over the gullies and the school room face:

It would be greatly appreciated if you would refrain from leaving piles of chalk and excessive tick marks all over the gullies and the school room face and clean up your mess. If you spill your chalk, please use some water from your water bottle to clean it up, rather than smearing it all over the face. At the very least, an apology would be nice.

It is very unsightly and completely out of character for the gullies and the schoolroom. If you're too lazy to clean up after yourself, please go climbing at Golf Wall or the gym where it is acceptable to leave excessive chalk stains and tick marks. Just because it's a climbing area doesn't mean that is acceptable; not all of us use chalk, and some of us dislike the feel of it.
By Gneiss Yeti
From: Denver, Colorado
Jul 3, 2016
Found a Grigri at the base of one of the cliffs. Email me if you lost one.
By Tim Matthews
From: Durango, CO
May 23, 2017
About a week ago I saw that two of the three bolts at the top of Right X were spinning and the hanger holding the chain at the very top of the X was getting loose. If some kind soul has the tools to tighten them, we'd all appreciate it!

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