This set of connected walls is the crag furthest east in the first pullout. Easy to see form the parking lot, the Civ Crag is marked by a huge west-facing varnished corner. Routes range from slightly slabby to slightly overhanging, and the rock quality (at least on the routes that have been developed so far) is excellent for brand-new routes.
Head down to the right where the path initially splits, and then head up through a break to the right of Circus Wall. Work your way through little washes and across slabs straight east to Cactus Massacre, and then continue east below Velvet Elvis, the Climb Bomb, and Black Hole Wall. The crag is below and just east of Black Hole. 10-15 minutes from the parking lot.
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['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Finishing up Conquistador looking the left side.
|Comments on Civilization Crag
|By Jon O'Brien|
May 21, 2010
hard at work as always mr. kimm, thanks for adding more routes bro!
|By dnoB ekiM|
May 23, 2010
Pretty good crag of moderates! I think this place will get a LOT of traffic.
|By Chris Brown|
Jun 1, 2010
Finally a well needed crag of 10's. We did the entire main wall minus the 10d on the far right. We will be back to try the corridor routes, had shade until 4:00pm. Although I have a strong feeling that all these routes will move up a 1/2 grade or full once all the holds start breaking off.
Good work Mike!!
|By Sean Critchfield|
From: Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct 13, 2010
Amazing Crag. I am glad to have found it early as I suspect it will soon be a very crowded spot.
|By John Wilder|
From: Las Vegas, NV
Dec 14, 2010
Finally made it out here, and I have to say, thanks Michael! This is a really neat little crag with a pile of pretty good routes and a couple of real gems for the grade. If you're a budding .10 leader, this is the crag for you- five really good .10s, a fun .8, and a couple other moderates to round out your day.
Edit: Looks like this crag is getting some real traffic and cleaning up nicely- very little broke off today, I would say that helmets are optional now, but be aware that some crispies will pop off now and then.
|By SexPanther aka Kiedis|
May 27, 2011
Wear a helmet. I found a couple of BIG loose blocks that are looking to shed in the near future, and though the rock quality is good for the area and the crag's cleaning up well, I'm pretty sure that the 8+9 on the main wall are going to be the site of some accidents-the only ones at the cliff that suck, and it's hard to see them cleaning up anytime soon.
From: Las Vegas, nv
Nov 26, 2011
Really fun crag of 5.9 to 5.10's. Each route is consistently high quality. Most other locations have 1 or 2 good routes along with a bunch of crap. These are all good routes worth doing.
We didn't have any problems with the rock quality but if I had read the issue about the washers I would have taken a socket with me.
From: Las Vegas, nv
Dec 9, 2011
The routes are now organized from left to right. From left to right on the main (northwest facing) wall,The Fall of Rome to Conquistador. From left to right on the slot canyon wall, The Sun Never Sets to Ming Dynasty.
|By Ben Dubs|
Dec 11, 2013
This place is pretty cool - if still a bit brittle...
Also this area DOES NOT get sun year round. On Nov 30th it was in the shade all day.
|By Peter Minearo|
From: San Diego, California
Dec 16, 2013
June showed us this location and we all liked the routes. They are a lot of fun. Great routes Michael.
I noticed there looks to be a route on the arÍte at the end of the wall just right of Conquistador. Then a potential face climb to the right of that. Eric and June climbed the crack on the other side of the wall from Conquistador. So, it looks like that whole other side of the wall (which would be in the sun all day, great for winter climbing) has potential for some fun routes. Probably not very difficult routes, but should be fun. I am sure it will take some time for the routes to clean themselves up, but could be a lot of fun. Are there any plans to develop the other side?
Dec 16, 2013
The crack on the back side was a fun lil end of the day climb to catch the sunset. Perfect belay ledge and rap rings already in place... figured others may love to cruise on up this lil piece so added it on.
Agree with Peter, that arÍte to the right of Conquistador looks like a great climb, but a lot of the rock looked too sketchy to trust gear on. Could be a really fun bolted route, but would be more moderate than the typical 10s at this crag. The roof at the base arÍte of the had interesting potential....
Loved this crag, great quality routes without the crowds. Thanks Michael K!
|By Michael Kimm|
From: Las Vegas, NV
Dec 17, 2013
Glad you guys enjoyed your time here!
I have toproped the arete off of the Conquistador anchor, and it clocks in at 10+/11a. There is definitely some less than stellar rock on that one, but with some cleaning could be a lot of fun, albeit short.
There's also some good potential on the opposite side of the formation from the established routes, as well as there on the south face. They'd likely all be 5.9 and under. I've heard mention that there are a couple folks that would like to develop that side, and I say go for it! I myself have a bunch of other projects I'm working on, so it won't be me doing the bolting, but others certainly have my blessing for continued development!