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Description 

Mexico is a big country, roughly a quarter the size of the Lower 48 in land area. It includes the Baja California peninsula, extending nearly 800 miles south of the U.S. border.

Much of Northern Mexico lies within the arid Chihuahuan desert, with geography similar to west Texas and southern New Mexico. El Potrero Chico is located in the north-eastern state of Nuevo León, about 25 miles northwest of the city of Monterrey (population: 3 million). The Potrero is a sport climbing paradise, with limestone similar to Thailand (so I've been told) and routes up to 20 pitches in length.

Mexico is also home to several dozen volcanoes, both extinct and active. At 5,700m (18,701 ft), Pico de Orizaba is the highest peak in the country. Close behind are Popocatépetl "Popo" at 5,452m (17,887 ft) and Iztaccíhuatl "Ixta" at 5,286m (17,342 ft). All three are popular destinations for mountaineers in training for the bigger ranges.

Getting There 

Refer to areas for specific directions.

Climbing Season



Weather station 11.5 miles from here

573 Total Routes

['4 Stars',75],['3 Stars',220],['2 Stars',163],['1 Star',63],['Bomb',6]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',7],['5.8',29],['5.9',56],['5.10',158],['5.11',140],['5.12',126],['5.13',40],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',5],['V2-3',4],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',2],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mexico:
Dead Man Walking   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 135'   El Potrero Chico : The Dihedrals
Will the Wolf Survive?   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   El Potrero Chico : Los Lobos Canyon
Aguja Celo Rey   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   El Potrero Chico : Las Agujas (The Spires)
Pancho Villa Rides Again   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 5 pitches, 500'   El Potrero Chico : Mota Wall
Treasure of the Sierra Madre   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 7 pitches, 700'   El Potrero Chico : Mota Wall
Satori   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 7 pitches, 700'   El Toro (The Bull) aka Fron... : Zapatista Wall
Snott Girlz   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 7 pitches, 450'   El Potrero Chico : Mota Wall
Space Boyz   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 11 pitches, 1000'   El Potrero Chico : La Selva (Jungle Wall)
Black Cat Bone   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 9 pitches, 800'   El Potrero Chico : La Selva (Jungle Wall)
Two Pump Chump   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   El Potrero Chico : Mota Wall
Estrellita   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 12 pitches, 1200'   El Potrero Chico : Las Estrellas (The Stars)
El Sendero Diablo (The Devil's Path)   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 6 pitches, 600'   The Outrage Wall : Bronco Bowl
Pangea   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   El Potrero Chico : Las Agujas (The Spires)
Don Quixote   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Virgin Canyon : Lower Virgin
Time Wave Zero   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 23 pitches, 2300'   El Potrero Chico : Time Wave Buttress
Yankee Clipper   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 15 pitches, 1500'   El Potrero Chico : La Selva (Jungle Wall)
Celestial Omnibus   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 70'   The Outrage Wall : Bronco Bowl
Surfer Rosa   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 90'   El Potrero Chico : The Surf Bowl
Mothership Connection   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 2 pitches, 240'   The Outrage Wall : Outrage Wall Proper
Habanero/Time for Livin'   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 6 pitches, 600'   The Outrage Wall : Outrage Wall Proper
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Featured Route For Mexico
Megan leading up the dihedral section, about a thi...

Zombie Wolf 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  North America : Mexico : ... : Los Lobos Canyon
Positive holds with fun lieback or stem options along a large right-facing dihedral. The rock is a little sharper on this route. Great finish on top of the fin with superb scenery....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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the new rock climbing guidebooks of Mexico. 130 ar...
BETA PHOTO: the new rock climbing guidebooks of Mexico. 130 ar...
Erik Harz and I on P9 of the South Face IV 5.10c R...
Erik Harz and I on P9 of the South Face IV 5.10c R...
Pico de Orizaba, Mexico
Pico de Orizaba, Mexico
Made me feel better about my Whillans. B.C. Mexico...
Made me feel better about my Whillans. B.C. Mexico...
John, still with the Swami in 1988. B.C. Mexico
John, still with the Swami in 1988. B.C. Mexico
Gavriel J. bouldering in Catavinea desert, Mexico
Gavriel J. bouldering in Catavinea desert, Mexico
Joel on the first part of La Gripa 11d in the near...
Joel on the first part of La Gripa 11d in the near...
Caught Mr. Stannard multi-tasking. First route of ...
Caught Mr. Stannard multi-tasking. First route of ...
Eddie Bebout leading 5.10 slab, John Stannard - be...
Eddie Bebout leading 5.10 slab, John Stannard - be...
Same trip. Glenn Short down below. 1988 B.C. Mexic...
Same trip. Glenn Short down below. 1988 B.C. Mexic...
El Pico de Orizaba, 18,701 ft, is the highest peak...
El Pico de Orizaba, 18,701 ft, is the highest peak...
piedra pintada is the main developed area with thr...
BETA PHOTO: piedra pintada is the main developed area with thr...
Eddie making progress. Glenn Short walking out of ...
Eddie making progress. Glenn Short walking out of ...

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By Anthony Anagnostou
From: nyc
Dec 27, 2008
it would be really great if an administrator could adjust the mexico page so that the climbing areas are grouped by state, or at least central/north/southern mexico..
By Hank Caylor
Administrator
From: Golden, CO
Dec 28, 2008
I'm on it Anthony.
By amps
Nov 29, 2010
here you go! there are some links from people talking about their experience at potrero at this time.... come and enjoy it as always!

youtube.com/turismonuevoleon#p...
motorcyclemexico.com/2010/11/r...
thedeal.cleansnipe.com/escape-...
blog.visitanuevoleon.travel/?p...

be well
By krispyyo
From: Littleton, CO
Dec 7, 2010
A great resource for good climbing info for places in Mexico, including lots of other spots besides El Potrero is:
xpmexico.com

Click on the English button on the top left to change languages, then click guides for info on some nice spots. If you're down around Mexico City, go to Aculco! Sweet and quality basalt splitters very reminiscent of Paradise Forks.
By Royce
Dec 29, 2010
Hey - was wondering if anyone had information about outdoor bouldering in the state of Mexico City and nearby. Have tried escalando.net, which seems to have a fair bit of info - but have been frustrated trying to locate (the relatively few) boulders mentioned on that website. Any tips as to useful websites or email addresses much appreciated!
By Dmitriy Litvak
From: Pacifica, CA
Jan 31, 2011
Flying back to the states, do not put ropes or cams into your carry-on.
You will get turned around and will have to pack them into your luggage.

Potrero was very safe. Good time to visit it this year as the place is not busy at all. People not coming down probably due to the economy.
By David Kozak
Jan 9, 2012
I'm headed to Potrero in a few weeks and was wondering if anyone could point me to some new long routes (4 pitches or more)to do in the 5.9 to 12a category. "New" as in the past three years or so. Thanks!
By Lee Frazer
From: Durango, Colorado
Feb 27, 2012
El Potrero climbers...Flying into Monterrey Friday, March 2. Anyone else coming in then, and if so, want to share a taxi?
By Evan C
Jul 3, 2012
I want to climb, the family wants a tropical beach trip. Where should we go?
By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Sep 1, 2012
Thanks Mike for making this area a bit more user friendly!!
By MaRey
From: Salty lake, Utah
Sep 3, 2012
Hello,
Just wanted to let everybody know that Potrero chico is safe and awesome.
We went in the beginning of August and it was amazing. pretty hot, but you definetly can chase the shade with the help of those beautiful 2000 ft limestone walls.
Check it out!
magicedspotrerochico.com is a really good website for more info, and you can contact magic Ed for a shuttle.
By Mark Grundon
Sep 4, 2012
Hey David, Maybe a few months late but a four pitch route at 12a in El Salto that might interest you could be found here: elpotrerochicoguides.blogspot....
By MaRey
From: Salty lake, Utah
Sep 7, 2012
Hello administrator here's a link for a website that has a lot of info of climbing areas in the Jalisco area.
puntomuerto.com.mx/
By amselby
Dec 22, 2012
Does anybody know about driving across the border if passport and registration will work or is the car title required?
By Josh McCoy
From: Joshua Tree
Jan 25, 2013
Registration works. Title not needed. I just drove in at Laredo three weeks ago without a problem.
By Patrick Mcfadden
From: Portland, OR
Jan 29, 2013
Is this Josh McCoy I picked up hitching in new Zealand? Small world. I am heading down to EPC next week. My plan was bussing from San Antonio. looking for beta on Mexico travel. Last Fri in hildago some twenty people went missing. Anyone have any comments on EPC or travel?
By oriol
From: Osséja
Jun 24, 2013
The new rock climbing guidebooks of Mexico on this website rockclimbing-mexico.com .Rock climbing guidebooks of Mexico (North and Central-South)

All the information to climb all around MEXICO. 130 climbing areas (sport, trad, multipitch, boulder, dws).
the guidebooks at WWW.ROCKCLIMBING-MEXICO.COM
the guidebooks at WWW.ROCKCLIMBING-MEXICO.COM
http/:www.rockclimbing-mexico.com rockclimbing-mexico.com
By Braulio Barahona
From: Boulder, Colorado
Apr 28, 2014
Hi everybody, I just moved to Boulder - I come from Mitla in Oaxaca (South of Mexico). You can find lots of information here: escalando.net/

Though, I think it would be nice to add some of the areas to Mountain Project, there are some crags in Oaxaca that are worth. I volunteer for adding them, let me know if it is possible.