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Calico Hills, Second Pullout

NV Red Rocks, USA

Climbs 143 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 1231m a.s.l – Faces ?

Crag features
From bouldering to 20+ pitch free climbs, all about 17 miles West of the Las Vegas strip. There are lots of long trad routes and a some multipitch routes that are almost sport climbs. The rock is unique, having in many places a "desert varnish," which is a hard surface mineral layer that weathers to provide all kinds of face holds. This means there is relatively little pure Indian Creek style sandstone crack climbing, and in addition to relatively featured crack routes, there are all kinds of face climbs. The approaches are usually not terribly long, but can be demanding in terms of both effort and route-finding.

The range runs North-South, and is split by East-West canyons, with access from the East, so there is climbing on all aspects except, in general, the Western one.

As in other sandstone areas around the world, the rock needs a few days to dry out after any substantial rain storm, as the danger of breaking holds rises considerably when the rock is saturated.

Summer weather is brutally hot; the rest of the year is good with the best climbing days generally in the Fall and Spring. Temps on the high cliffs are generally ten degrees cooler than in Las Vegas, and the canyons can get extremely windy, making more clothing necessary than you might think while packing up in the city.

Although only a handful of climbs are in the UKC database, there are thousands of routes in the region.

Red Rocks - A Climber's Guide (2007)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
2Unknown 25.10b 1
3Unknown 15.11a *1
4Doctors Orders5.10b 6
5Playing Hooky5.10a 6
6Naked and Disfigured5.12b *2
7Pigs In Zen5.12b ***3
8Idiots Rule5.11d ***5
9See Dick Fly5.10d *4
12Threadfin5.12c ***1
13Aftershock5.12b **1
14Abandon Ship5.12a 3
15Tremor5.10a *5
16Low Tide5.10b 1
20Electric Koolaid5.9 *12
21Blonde Dwarf5.9 6
22Neon Sunset5.8 ***15
23Technicolour Sunrise5.8 *11
27Suffering Cats5.11c **2
29The Great Red Book5.8 **18
30Tomato Amnesia5.9 1
31See Spot Run5.6 2
32Chips Ahoy5.9 1
33Ground Up Vocabulary5.8 *3
34Dangling Participles5.8 *3
36Chrome Dome5.10a 2
37Crazy Eights5.8 3
38Mothers Milk5.8 2
40The CEL5.9 18
41Bonaire5.9 *31
42Bon Ez5.9 24
43Crude Boys5.10d *8
44Black Corridor #45.11a 6
45Black Corridor #55.10d 1
46Vagabonds5.10a *18
47Crude Control5.12a 1
48Adoption5.11b 2
49Burros Don't Gamble5.10c *13
50Burros Might Fly5.10b *22
51Psychobilly5.11a *2
52Michael Angelo5.11b 1
53Heavy Hitter5.10d 4
54Punch Drunk5.11c 2
55Nightmare On Crude Street5.10d *18
56Foe5.11a 5
57Friend5.10d 5
58Need to Rest5.10c **6
59Thermal Breakdown5.9 8
60Crude Street Blues5.9 3
61Crude Behaviour5.9 11
62Dancing With a God5.10a *17
63Live Fast, Die Young5.10d 4
64Black Gold5.10b **13
65Texas Tea5.10c 3
66Fool's Gold5.10b *15
67757 2x45.7 13
68Oils Well That Ends Well5.11a 1
69Sandstone Enema5.11b 1
70Lewd, Crude And Misconstrued5.9 *12
 Climb nameGradex
71Texas Lite Sweet5.11b 1
72Livin' On Borrowed Time5.11c  
73Rebel Without A Pause5.11b **17
75Sweet Pain5.11d **8
76The Gambler5.11b 4
77Glitter Gulch5.11a **8
78Slave to the Grind5.11b *5
79Pain in the Neck5.10a 4
81Purple Haze5.10d  
82Haunted Hooks5.10c ***10
83Roto Hammer5.10c **9
84Nirvana5.11a 2
85Stonehenge5.11b * 
86Stone Hammer5.10c 1
87Birthstone5.10d 1
88April Fools5.10b 3
92The Runaway5.10b 8
93American Sportsman5.10c **16
94Desert Pickle5.11c *8
95Sudden Impact5.11d 1
96Big Damage5.12b 2
97Promises In The Dark5.12b **5
98Fear And Loathing5.12a ***13
99Makulu5.11d **1
100Super Guide5.11a *2
101Range Of Motion5.10d 9
102Sport Climbing Is Neither5.9 12
103Bucks Muscle World5.9 14
104Gelatin Pooch5.10a 16
105Pump First Pay Later5.10b 19
106Running Amuck5.10c **20
107Gridlock5.11a 9
108Social Disorder5.11d 4
109A Day In The Life5.11c ***16
110Minstrel In The Gallery5.12b **5
111Yaak Crack5.11c ***20
112Sissy Traverse5.13b **1
113The Gift5.12d ***5
114Where The Down Boys Go5.12d ***3
115Who Made Who5.12d *1
116Nothing Shocking5.13a **3
117The Glitch5.12d **2
120Stratocaster Direct5.12b *2
121Marshall Amp5.11b **3
122The Deluxe5.11d 2
123Choad Warrior5.12c ***2
124Party Down5.12b 3
125Footloose5.11b **3
126One Eyed Jacks5.11a *3
127Cut Loose5.10d *2
128Split Infinitive5.9 1
129Split Ends5.10a *2
131Giuoco Piano5.11c 4
132Plastic People5.10c 1
133Red Heat5.10d ***1
134Vile Pile5.10b 4
135Galloping Gal5.11a *4
136Graveyard Waltz5.11c **2
137Running Man5.11c ***3
138Frictiony Face, Panty Waist5.8 **4
139Squire *5.10c *1
140The De-Nogginizer *5.11a *2
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
Access notes
The official name is the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and it is managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). There is a 13 mile scenic loop drive that has many of the trailheads to climbs as well as access to the primary sport climbing area at Calico Hills. There is an admission fee for this drive and it is only open from 6 AM to either 5 PM, 7 PM, or 8 PM depending on the season. Climbers whose cars are in lots on the scenic drive after closing hours are subject to very substantial fines; however, it is possible to apply for and obtain late-exit extensions by calling a recording and leaving information about your whereabouts. This can be done as early as a week before the climb and as late as 4 PM on the day of the climb from a cell phone, IF you have reception. These rules do not apply to the parking area for Black Velvet canyon and the turnouts for Windy Canyon, but overnight camping is prohibited in these places and substantial fines apply if you are ticketed.

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USER FEEDBACKLogin as Existing User to add your comments
Agree with Dr Gav, also lots of routes have grades above the guide book and some of the french conversions are a bit out. Yaak (not Yakk) crack gets 11c (F6c+) It's a Bitch (at Dog Wall not Gallery) gets 10b (F6a).
Olli-C - 09/Jan/13

Spelled Abandon wrong, sorry.
Olli-C - 09/Jan/13

Quite a few routes here are not at the Gallery..
DrGav - 18/Nov/09