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The Southwest: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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The Southwest: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

A favorite of dirtbag climbers in the winter, Red Rock is one of the West’s most diverse crags: from bouldering to sport routes to multi-pitch trad, you’ll find tons of great lines here. It rarely rains at Red Rock, but stay off the routes if they’re wet — the sandstone is delicate and you’ll breaks holds and pop anchors. “You’ve got adventurous multi-pitches, classic sport climbs, everything,” Hunter says. “Lots of hard routes in Red Rock, so a lot of great climbers spend their winter there. But, the grades are usually soft, so it’s a good area for a beginner, too.”

Closest Town: Las Vegas, Nevada
Grade Range: 5.6 – 5.14
Notable Routes: 2,128
Classics: Epinephrine (5.9), The Fox (5.10+), Levitation 29 (5.11b/c), Cloud Tower (5.12-), The Gift (5.12d), Monster Skank (5.13b)
When to Visit: February-March, October-December

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