The second largest city in New Mexico after Albuquerque. Located way down by the Texas and Mexico border. Very mild winters means rock climbing year round, as long as you think climbing in intense desert heat is feasible.
Areas around Las Cruces include:
The Organ Mountains
, a jagged ridge of rugged peaks. It's got a bit of everything, from bouldering at Pena Blanca
, to drive-up cragging at La Cueva
or high adventurous peaks along the rocky spine which distinguishes Las Cruces' sky-line.
The Dona Ana Mountains
are granitic mountains just north of town. Multi-pitch trad routes and bouldering abound here. Rough and Ready Hills
are the locals sport crag. About twenty routes on a short volcanic cliff-band west of the city.
As for climbing services: NMSU has a small climbing wall and gear shop and the Bike Store, Outdoor Adventures has a small selection of climbing gear.
Las Cruces is at the cross-roads between I-10 and I-25.
Weather station 1.2 miles from here
331 Total Routes
['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',95],['2 Stars',103],['1 Star',110],['Bomb',4]
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Featured Route For Las Cruces Area Climbing
Unnamed Arete 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a NM
: Las Cruces Area Climbing
: ... : Original Area
This is a spectacular, continuously overhanging pitch. It has no good rests and not one easy move. The rock is sharp and a bit crumbly in places, which is the only thing that keeps me from giving it 4 stars. It starts off with very steep, bouldery moves, then continues with less steep but more technical climbing up the arete. The climbing eases slightly once you reach the giant flake, but if you're like me, your arms are screaming by this point so things still feel quite hard. Lay-back for glory...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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