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',94],['2 Stars',104],['1 Star',110],['Bomb',4]
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Black Velvet 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a NM
: Organ Mountains
: ... : Southern Comfort Wall
Start at a dead gnarly oak on a ledge 20 ft up the cliff, under a large left facing crack system. A huge roof caps off the final pitch and makes an excellent landmark.Pitch 1 goes right up a fourth class corner onto a large ledge (unless you scramble this part) and then climbs the corner/crack system up to a small belay stance just below a hand traverse left. Pitch 2 (crux) goes out the hand traverse and up a steep layback for a ways. Yucca plants make pulling out of the crack system sticky. Go ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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