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Only in Nevada.

Welcome 

Mention the state of Nevada and you think of Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, deserts, UFO sightings, etc., but for the rock climber it's Red Rocks.

Red Rocks is one of the standout destination climbing venues in the country, especially during the cooler months of the year. During the summer it's often too hot for all but hardy locals. Several thousand routes from classic moderate multi-pitch routes like Cat in the Hat, 20-pitch big-wall outings, and difficult sport routes at The Gallery.

Oh, and then there is Las Vegas for when the campground gets too cold and windy in the early evening.

If you haven't been to Red Rocks yet, make this the one road trip you do this year.


2,348 Total Routes


['4 Stars',149],['3 Stars',844],['2 Stars',930],['1 Star',311],['Bomb',19]
['<=5.6',140],['5.7',200],['5.8',226],['5.9',291],['5.10',496],['5.11',390],['5.12',213],['5.13',51],['>=5.14',5],['',0],['<=V1',49],['V2-3',170],['V4-5',64],['V6-7',33],['V8-9',14],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',4],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Nevada:
Solar Slab   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 9 pitches, 1220'   Oak Creek Canyon : Solar Slab - Upper Tier
Cat in the Hat   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 650'   Pine Creek Canyon : Mescalito
Olive Oil   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 7 pitches, 600'   Juniper Canyon : Rose Tower
Johnny Vegas   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   Oak Creek Canyon : Solar Slab - Lower Tier
Birdland   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Pine Creek Canyon : Brass Wall
Lotta Balls   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 420'   First Creek Canyon : Lotta Balls Wall
Great Red Book   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Second Pullout : Great Red Book Rock
Frogland   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak
Dark Shadows   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Pine Creek Canyon : Mescalito
Crimson Chrysalis   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 9 pitches, 1000'   Juniper Canyon : Cloud Tower
Epinephrine   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 13 pitches, 1600'   Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall
Big Bad Wolf   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 220'   Calico Basin : Riding Hood Wall
Straight Shooter   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Pine Creek Canyon : Straight Shooter Wall
Sour Mash   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall
Dream of Wild Turkeys   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 7 pitches, 700'   Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall
The Nightcrawler   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 550'   Juniper Canyon : Brownstone Wall
Triassic Sands   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak
Levitation 29   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 9 pitches, 700'   Oak Creek Canyon : Eagle Wall
Cloud Tower   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, 6 pitches, 810'   Juniper Canyon : Cloud Tower
The Original Route   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Trad, 14 pitches, 1000'   Juniper Canyon : The Rainbow Wall
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Featured Route For Nevada
The spectacular second pitch corner.  Bolted anchors can be seen at bottom and top of second pitch.

Saweet two pitch 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b  NV : Rainbow Canyon
This climb has a lack-luster first pitch but the second pitch makes it a worthwhile endeavor. Pitch 1: Begin at the left side of a buttress. There is a single bolt about 15 ft off the ground. Pull a cruxy 5.10- move to get to the bolt. Continue up easier ground with sporadic protection to a ledge with bolted anchors. Pitch 2: This is an amazing pitch! It goes from tight hands to hands up a wide angled dihedral. Savor every jam with great protection to bolted anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

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Pogonip, a strange winter frost. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Pogonip, a strange winter frost.
Photo by Blitzo.
Beautiful desolation! Sand Mountain, Nevada. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Beautiful desolation! Sand Mountain, Nevada.
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Desert Hairy Scorpion, FLV, Nevada.
Desert Hairy Scorpion, FLV, Nevada.
The cemetery at Columbus, Nevada
The cemetery at Columbus, Nevada
Desert tortoise.
Desert tortoise.
Ghost town of Rhyolite, near Death Valley NP. <br />
Ghost town of Rhyolite, near Death Valley NP.
Elephant Rock and brittlebush, Valley of Fire, NV. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Elephant Rock and brittlebush, Valley of Fire, NV....
Snow in the desert
Snow in the desert
Another Nevada sunset. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Another Nevada sunset.
Photo by Blitzo.
Balanced Rock-Valley of Fire. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Balanced Rock-Valley of Fire.
Photo by Blitzo.
Viva Las Vegas! <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Viva Las Vegas!
Photo by Blitzo.
A cool tree in Red Rocks
A cool tree in Red Rocks
Lone sheep
Lone sheep
Smoke from the 1996 Kingsbury Grade Fire, blowing across Carson Valley. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Smoke from the 1996 Kingsbury Grade Fire, blowing ...
Petroglyphs-Valley of Fire. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Petroglyphs-Valley of Fire.
Photo by Blitzo.
The historic Ghost Train of Ely, Nevada
The historic Ghost Train of Ely, Nevada
Big horn sheep
Big horn sheep
Late afternoon rainbow in FLV.
Late afternoon rainbow in FLV.
Mirage
Mirage
Ruby Mountains. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Ruby Mountains.
Photo by Blitzo.
Adult Entertainment
Adult Entertainment
Found this gem of a photo on the camera after a long night on the Strip, good times!
Found this gem of a photo on the camera after a lo...
Da Strip
Da Strip
The beautiful... the perfect... Hoover Slabs.
BETA PHOTO: The beautiful... the perfect... Hoover Slabs.
Cory Hick's on "Over the Falls" at Cave Rock State Park, Nevada. <br />Cave Rock is now CLOSED to climbing! <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Cory Hick's on "Over the Falls" at Cave Rock State...
Moon over central Nevada somewhere on our way from Red Rocks back to my former home in Reno.  <br /> <br />Thanksgiving 2007
Moon over central Nevada somewhere on our way from...
The crew down by the river
The crew down by the river
Ghost Town, Berlin-Central Nevada. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Ghost Town, Berlin-Central Nevada.
Photo by Blitzo...
Firestone Slot Canyon Adventure
BETA PHOTO: Firestone Slot Canyon Adventure
Las Vegas baby!
Las Vegas baby!
Sunrise at Lake Mead! Love camping there after a day of climbing
Sunrise at Lake Mead! Love camping there after a d...
Vegas World Casino 1980, now The Stratosphere. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Vegas World Casino 1980, now The Stratosphere.
Pho...
El burrito loco!
El burrito loco!
Stateline, Nevada at Lake Tahoe. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Stateline, Nevada at Lake Tahoe.
Photo by Blitzo.
Dust Storm
Dust Storm
Petroglyphs at Key Hole Canyon. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Petroglyphs at Key Hole Canyon.
Photo by Blitzo.
Idle train cars in Ely, Nevada.
Idle train cars in Ely, Nevada.
Our fair city...
Our fair city...
Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada.
Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada.
Draught.  Lake Mead, 2004.  Probably worse now.  Hard to tell on photo but water level was down about 80 feet.
Draught. Lake Mead, 2004. Probably worse now. H...
Welcome to the Silver State, Nevada.
Welcome to the Silver State, Nevada.
Angel Creek Amber Ale.
Angel Creek Amber Ale.
Chuckawalla
Chuckawalla
Burning Man-Black Rock Desert. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Burning Man-Black Rock Desert.
Photo by Blitzo.
Limestone crag near Timber Creek CG, Ely
Limestone crag near Timber Creek CG, Ely
Sandstone-Valley of Fire. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Sandstone-Valley of Fire.
Photo by Blitzo.
Only in Nevada! <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Only in Nevada!
Photo by Blitzo.
Firestone Slot Canyon Adventure.  Approximately 3.5 hrs round trip.
BETA PHOTO: Firestone Slot Canyon Adventure. Approximately 3....
Cows and crags in Northeast Nevada.
Cows and crags in Northeast Nevada.
Near Dyer, Nevada
Near Dyer, Nevada
Abandoned mining relics in Pioche, Nevada.
Abandoned mining relics in Pioche, Nevada.
alien life form
alien life form
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By Blitzo
Sep 23, 2006

I love Nevada! There is so much open space and little hidden treasures, everywhere!

By stevecurtis
From: Petaluma California
Feb 10, 2008

Does anyone have information on keyhole peak (or Mtn>)? The picture I saw showed a huge limestone cliff.

By Katya gh
Jun 7, 2008

Hi
We are going to be doing several shaded routes in the canyons early July. We were considering Epinephrine and know that the chimneys are in the shade but on what pitch do we actually pop out into the sun and how feasible would it really be to do this route at this time of year?

Plus how much water do people carry in on these summer "expeditions"?
thanx

By Curtis Olson
From: Idaho
Sep 18, 2010

I am hoping someone with knowledge of Red Rocks, NV routes could provide some suggestions. I'm looking to take my son on his first wall and trying to find a reasonable wall in the area similar to Moonlight or Prodigal in Zion. In other words reasonable aid C1/C2+, 5.8/5.9, preferably hammer free, that could typically be completed in a couple days (Grade IV/V). I'm searching for alternatives to Zion because of the various wall closures there this autumn which kind of blows the calendar for us.
It's great to see all the high end free routes in the guides but very unfortunately few mentions of aid options. Guide book authers: this reader would like to see references to original ratings when possible. (e.g. 5.9/A2 old school now often only referenced as free 5.12a)
Thanks for any suggestions.

By Matt Wolski
From: Salt Lake City
Feb 10, 2012

Any info on the huge cliffs easily visible from US 50 west of Great Basin National Park?

By J. Thompson
From: denver, co
Mar 20, 2012

"red rock is the name of our park here in clark county y'all!"

Red rock is surely the name...but its not a park!

Big difference between the National Park Service(NPS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Red Rock canyon is a "National Conservation Area" managed by the BLM.

If it were a park we'd have been legally hand drilling for years!

josh

By VegasKlinger
Oct 23, 2012

Anyone going to the Keyhole Classic in a few weeks?

Good climbing to be had!

Fun for all ages.


Keyhole Classic Rock Climbing Event 2010
Keyhole Classic Rock Climbing Event 2010