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Ted wishing he was a little bit taller.


X-Rock is probably the most used crag in Durango. Located just outside of town, this area offers everything from slab to crack climbs, sport, trad, and bouldering. A lot of local guiding companies like to use X rock to teach people how to climb. Like most of the area in Durango the rock in soft sandstone (though it does take gear well), but unlike East Animas the approach is flat and quick.

Getting There 

Go north on US Highway 550 you can park in the little parking lot just past the speed limit 55 sign (turn right). Per Matthias Holladay: turn left before the old La Plata Community Hospital and go up the driveway to the base of the slope. Look for X-Rock Parking signs to the left.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.2 miles from here

48 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',25],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for X Rock:
Durango Durango   V2 5+     Boulder   The Boxcar
Durango Kid   V3 6A     Boulder   The Boxcar
Shark's Tooth   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   The Boxcar
Jay's Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Dos XX
Turnaround Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   The Gullies
Left X   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   X Rock
Monkey Hang   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch   X Rock
Horse Trough   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Gold Wall
Red Book   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   X Rock
Cranker Corner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 60'   The Gullies
Green Wall   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   X Rock
The Itch   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Gold Wall
Boulder It Out   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   X Rock
Byrd's Buttress   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   The Gullies
Last Tango in Durango   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Elementary Wall
Jim's Route   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Dos XX
Gold Wall   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Gold Wall
Sweet Sandstone   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Sweet Sandstone
Roof of the X   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   X Rock
The Morgue   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Elementary Wall
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Featured Route For X Rock
Middle of Gold Wall.

Gold Wall 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  CO : Durango : ... : Gold Wall
This is a popular TR with the option of 5 bolts to a two bolt anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Kevin Sainio
From: Durango, CO
Nov 3, 2010
A huge thank you goes out to everyone who on October 30th, participated in the first Rock the X day. Rock the X was a day of trail maintenance, garbage clean up, and anchor replacement at Durango's most popular climbing area. Due to everyone involved, there is now a sweet new trail leading from the dirt parking lot to the base of Gold wall all the way out to Ken's Face. Many of the routes that previously had no permanent anchors now do and the place is now trash free. Sponsors of the event included Kling Mountain Guides, Backcountry Experience, Pine Needle Mountaineering, Gardenshwartz Outdoors, Fort Lewis College's Outdoor Pursuits, San Juan College's Outdoor Leadership program, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the Access fund, Trails 2000, Ska Brewing, and Evolv Climbing Shoes, and more!! A special thank you goes out to Josh, owner of Kling Mountain Guides for organizing the event.

The crew at work.
The crew at work.

Just one of the many items removed.
Just one of the many items removed.

Thanks to all the volunteers.
Thanks to all the volunteers.
By eli poss
From: Durango, sometimes Chattanooga
May 24, 2015
Bootied a stuck cam on the left X yesterday, PM me with what it is, and I'll get it back to you.
By eli poss
From: Durango, sometimes Chattanooga
Sep 17, 2015
Thank you very much to who ever did the road and trail work at X-Rock. That road desperately needed some attention. It is greatly appreciated! Next time there is trail work being done, please post something up here. I'd love to help.
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