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This area includes all bouldering in the Tucson region, with the exception of bouldering areas in the Santa Catalina Mountains (Mount Lemmon). See Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalina Mountains) for bouldering there.

While southeastern Arizona is host to many superb sport and trad climbing areas, one common complaint is the lack of quality bouldering. Compared to many other areas of the country, this is a fair complaint. However, there are some decent options, and new bouldering areas are being developed all the time.

Joe Kreidel's website, www.boulderingtucson.com, is perhaps the best resource for detailed and up to date information on Tucson bouldering.

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146 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',30],['2 Stars',72],['1 Star',34],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tucson Area Bouldering:
Big Bulge Easy   V0 4     Boulder   Gate's Pass
Gunfight Slab Center   V0 4 PG13     Boulder, 25'   Gate's Pass
Big Undercling   V1 5     Boulder   Gate's Pass
Left-Right Traverse - Small Upper Boulder   V1 5     Boulder, 20'   Gate's Pass
Javelina Center   V1-2 5     Boulder   Silverbell Boulders : Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
Quivering Beast   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   Panther Peak : Beast Boulder
Main Upper Prow Jug to Left   V4 6B     Boulder   Gate's Pass
Fat Hunk of Burning Love   V4 6B R     Boulder, 20'   Panther Peak : HUB
The Arete   V5 6C     Boulder, 9'   Silverbell Boulders : Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
Broken Rubber   V6 7A     Boulder   Gate's Pass
Hueco Placebo   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Silverbell Boulders : Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
The Rails   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Silverbell Boulders : Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
Righteous Beast    V6+ 7A     Boulder, 30'   Panther Peak : Beast Boulder
Pocket Stuffer   V7 7A+     Boulder, 6'   Silverbell Boulders : Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
One Move Wonder   V7 7A+     Boulder   Gate's Pass
Cig Machine   V7 7A+     Boulder, 20'   Panther Peak : Split Boulder
F in A Dyno   V8 7B     Boulder, 10'   Silverbell Boulders : Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
A-Frame Crimps   V8 7B     Boulder   Silverbell Boulders : Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
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Featured Route For Tucson Area Bouldering
Making the headwall move on Sanctuary. Photo: Kreidel Collection

Sanctuary V1 5  AZ : Southern Arizona : ... : Sanctuary Boulder
Sit start by the hackberry bush on the right corner of the boulder. Move up past a couple of pockets to gain the break under the roof. Move left to pull the bulge using a key gaston then gun for the top. Walk off left. PM shade....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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