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About Calico Basin:

ACCESS ALERT!!!!: The construction and restoration of the Red Springs Picnic area and adjoining parking lot is now complete and open to the public. In the interest of making sure access stays open to climbers along public roads, please keep a low profile and respect the homeowners in the immediate area. Also, if possible, please use the large parking lot near Red Springs.

Calico Basin is the semi-private area of land just east of Red Rock Canyon proper. It's home to many classic trad crags along with some excellent sport lines. It also hold the highest concentration of boulders in the Red Rock area.

Please respect the landowners! Please try to keep the noise, litter, and general impact to a minimum.

When to climb: This area is predominantly east and south facing, making it good for afternoon cragging in the early fall and late spring and good in the mornings and all day in the winter.

Classics of the Area: Valentine's Day, Yin and Yang, Atman, The Fox, and the Monkey Bars Boulder.

UPDATE: All bouldering in Calico Basin has been moved to its own section in Nevada labelled Nevada Bouldering. Please add routes/ascents there. Thank you.

Nearest town or city: Red Rock
Directions: Take route 159 west towards Red Rock Canyon. After passing the campground turnout on your left, you will see a road on your right hand side before the turnout for the loop road. Take this road and follow it until it ends in dirt.

For the Red Springs area, turn left into the gated area.

For the Kraft area, turn right and follow the dirt road, making another left and then a right again and park on the left side of the road.

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Forum Discussions (4 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
With Replies physical graffitti, calico basin greenrocker 1 Mar 09 2007, 4:32 AM
With Replies Moderate Mecca Red Rocks mtengaio 1 Jan 07 2006, 12:03 AM
With Replies red rocks question yevquest 5 Nov 23 2004, 3:24 PM
With Replies Feb 28th at Red Rocks - Is climbing possible??? ryebrye 19 Feb 28 2004, 2:04 AM