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Las Cruces Area Climbing

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Dona Ana Mountains 
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Las Cruces Area Climbing 


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Description 

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.


Getting There 

Las Cruces is at the cross-roads between I-10 and I-25.


Climbing Season


331 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Las Cruces Area Climbing:
Boyer's Chute   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 5 pitches, 800'   Rabbit Ears Area : North Rabbit Ear
North Face   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, 9 pitches, 1800'   Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf
West Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 650'   Rabbit Ears Area : The Citadel
Cross-trainer   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 600'   Dona Ana Mountains : Checkerboard Wall
The West Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   The High Horns : The Wedge
Left Eyebrow   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 9 pitches   Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf
First Move   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Rough and Ready Hills : Original Area
Gertch's Folly   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   The Low Horns : Gertch
Margaritaville   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Rabbit Ears Area : Southern Comfort Wall
Wish You Were Here   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Rabbit Ears Area : The Citadel
Black Velvet   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Rabbit Ears Area : Southern Comfort Wall
Tooth Fairy   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   The High Horns : The Tooth
Shillelagh   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 800'   The High Horns : The Wedge
Tooth or Consequences   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 550'   The High Horns : The Tooth
Reddi-Wip   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 55'   Rough and Ready Hills : Reddi-Wip Area
Tooth Extraction   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   The High Horns : The Tooth
Halitosis Monkey   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 35'   Rough and Ready Hills : Original Area
El Diablo   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     TR, 50'   The Garden : El Diablo Spire
Science Friction (to Left Eyebrow)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 9 pitches, 800'   Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf
Unnamed Arete   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Rough and Ready Hills : Original Area
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Topo for the Left Eyebrow Route (photo taken from on top of Organ Needle)

Left Eyebrow 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b NM : Organ Mountains : ... : Sugarloaf
Overview and Opinion: Having climbed several Sugarloaf routes, including the classic North Face, I found this one to be my favorite so far. Now here's the catch: I am not 100% sure what I have described below is the original route or a variation (if anyone reviews this write-up and can set the record straight, I would appreciate knowing if this is the correct way). The old topos, guides, etc. are somewhat hard to follow. Either way, the route we climbed is great and has many ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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