The Best Rock Climbing Spots in Arizona

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The Best Rock Climbing Spots in Arizona


Arizona has some of the best places for rock climbing in the country. First-time climbers, as well as seasoned veterans, can find spots that will challenge them, whether they want big walls or tiny crevices. We've pulled together five of the best Arizona rock climbing spots for you to explore.

The Top 5 Best Climbs in Arizona

Get out and enjoy Arizona's scenery with these great climbs.

1. Queen Creek Canyon

Queen Creek Canyon, which is right outside the town of Superior, is a fantastic spot for beginners. The many routes have a mix of easy and more challenging climbs, and you can stick to the level that suits you. Oak Flat Campground offers some of the toughest bouldering, and you will enjoy looking at the volcanic rock, too.

2. The Pit

The Pit, near downtown Flagstaff, offers a way for climbers to challenge themselves with a quick afternoon climb that's difficult but doable. The limestone crag is steep and well-bolted, with shorter routes that are perfect for when you're pressed for time. It sits very close to town so that you can squeeze in a climb even on the busiest of days. The easy access stands out among all Arizona climbing destinations.

3. Jack's Canyon

If you want an all-day adventure, Jack's Canyon will deliver. It's about two and a half hours from Phoenix, and Winslow is the nearest town — but it's well worth the effort. You can find dozens of routes, including lots of areas within the canyon that have multiple choices. Most people split their day between different sides of the canyon based on where the sun is, which is nice in the winter when it's chilly. All skill levels will find routes to their liking here.

4. The Homestead

If you want an area devoid of crowds, The Homestead is the place to go. It has long routes, and you can only tackle a couple in a day, so you will enjoy coming back. The limestone walls offer a great challenge, and you can enjoy the desert scenery while you climb. If you have a high-clearance vehicle, you can avoid the hike to The Homestead, which takes about an hour. The closest town is Florence.

5. Mount Lemmon

This mountain, located in the Santa Catalina range near Tucson, has more than 1,500 routes that are perfect for novices all the way to veterans. Many people start climbing here and progress to tougher routes as they improve. Some of the best spots to climb include Butterfly Wall and Crags Against Humanity.

Get Recharged After Your Arizona Bouldering Adventure

Rock climbing can be exhausting. When you have finished rock climbing in Arizona, you may need a way to restore your hydration levels. Book an IV session with AZ IV Medics and feel better quickly. We offer IV therapy sessions with options to treat your needs — and we come to you, whether it's your home, office or hotel. You can choose from a range of IV packages to find the one that will help rehydrate you. Book your appointment online today.

Last Reviewed by Matt Heistan on February 1, 2021.

Matt Heistan
Matt Heistan
Matt is the CEO of AZ IV Medics. Matt has over 15 years of experience in the emergency medicine field. Matt attended Westwood High School, Scottsdale Community College, and the University of Maryland where he received a BS in Psychology. Matt is a 10-year USAF veteran and has been an EMT since 1999. After separating from the USAF, Matt was hired by the Peoria AZ Fire Dept. where he has worked as a Firefighter Paramedic for the last 10 years. Matt is a life-long athlete, from college football to powerlifting, to Crossfit, to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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