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The Anvil Boulders

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Alien Baby Left 
Alien Baby Right 
Big Sexy 
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Campus Problem 
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Crack Factory 
Dirty Diamonds 
Free Willy 
Hard Jams High Pulls 
Kurt's Traverse 
Lazer Cut 
Loads of Fun 
Mars Attacks 
Nopinyon Arete 
O.B.E. (Out of Body Experience) 
Pinch of Sugar 
Pocket Problem 
Poopship Destroyer 
Rip Tide 
Sai Baba and the Lord of the Flies 
Shootin For Pulleys 
Slip n' Slide 
Sloper Traverse 
Stems And Seeds 
Tall Crack 
Warm Up Slab 

The Anvil Boulders  

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The Anvil Boulders make up one of the best bouldering sites in all of Sedona. A short approach and bomber sandstone makes the problems fun.

Getting There 

The Anvil Rock area is located at the north end of Sedona off Highway 89A. Park at the first pullout on the west side of the highway after leaving town. From here, cross the road, jump the barrier and scramble down the steep slope below. Cross Oak Creek at the lowest looking spot then walk east for about three minutes to the boulders. The Anvil Rock sport climbs are located on the cliff band 3 minutes uphill from the boulders.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.8 miles from here

33 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',23],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Anvil Boulders:
Tall Crack   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 22'   
Pocket Problem   V1 5     Boulder, 12'   
Black Tide   V2 5+ PG13     Boulder, 25'   
Lazer Cut   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   
Stems And Seeds   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 12'   
Pinch of Sugar   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   
Alien Baby Left   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 15'   
Crack Factory   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   
Free Willy   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   
Alien Baby Right   V9 7C     Boulder, 15'   
Mars Attacks   V9 7C     Boulder, 10'   
Big Sexy   V10-11 8A     Boulder, 15'   
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Photos of The Anvil Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
Mark Adams dialing in Black Tide.
Mark Adams dialing in Black Tide.
Nuria sampling some fine sandstone bouldering.
Nuria sampling some fine sandstone bouldering.
brett on one of the bigger boulders at the anvils
brett on one of the bigger boulders at the anvils
Watching the sunset after a great day of boulderin...
Watching the sunset after a great day of boulderin...
The V5+ testpiece of the main boulder.
The V5+ testpiece of the main boulder.
Eliminations abound on this warm-up.
Eliminations abound on this warm-up.
One of the Anvil Boulders at sunset. A hand full o...
One of the Anvil Boulders at sunset. A hand full o...
Nuria on the warm-up.
Nuria on the warm-up.
easy line nearby free willy and laser cut
easy line nearby free willy and laser cut

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By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 9, 2014
I've changed the names of several recently added problems from "unknown" to simple numbers. If anyone out there knows more about these lines, and especially the proper names, please let us know in the comments of those lines. As always, historical info is much appreciated.
By ravisurdhar
From: Phoenix, CO
Nov 2, 2014
This area isn't too hard to find, if you know where to look. The GPS coordinates were off by almost a mile, causing us to get lost and bushwack around for a few hours before finding it! I've moved the coordinates so they're right on top of the Alien Baby boulder now: 34 52' 20.0"N, 111 45' 13.9"W, or 34.872222, -111.753861.

The pullout on the left you want to park at is dirt and can maybe fit about 3-4 cars max. It's just prior to some therapy place on the right side of the road. Google Maps shows it at the intersection of 89A and Loma Casa Ln. Scramble down the slope (it's only about 20 ft high) and cross the creek wherever looks good, then look for cairns heading SSE. You should run into what looks like an old concrete path; the boulders are just E of that.
By BeauTrivers
Feb 26, 2015
The parking area is just south of mile marker 375.
By Seth Malachowsky
Mar 10, 2015
Made a trip out to the Anvils on 3/7/15, there is no longer access from the trails off of 89A, located near the therapy place or motel. No trespassing signs have been posted on both trails.

Access from Huckaby Trail is still a possibility. Turn left at the memorial bench, and then make the first right, and the trail will take you down to the concrete embankment. Follow the embankment to the boulders.
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