New Mexico is home to some of the best climbing crags in the American Southwest, but few have the views and the serenity of the Las Conchas climbing area. Nestled between Valles Caldera National Preserve and Bandelier National Monument, Las Conchas is just under a two-hour drive from Albuquerque and only one hour from the state capitol, Santa Fe. Once parked, the Jemez River runs only a few steps from the road with well-maintained trails following it into the welcoming shade of thousands of spruce trees. Following these trails will take you past several walls, all with enjoyable climbs of varying difficulty. MountainProject.com has done a thorough job mapping out the routes in the area—while providing climb-specific information for visitors interested in scaling what Las Conchas has to offer.
For those who wish to visit Las Conchas without adventuring into the vertical, the area also serves as a great fishing location or a mid-day picnic spot!