Socorro Bouldering Guide - Box Canyon - Introduction
Colin on Burning Spear
Box Canyon is located seven miles West of Socorro on US60. Head West
out US60 past a bridge with rock walls on both sides. Take the next
left on a dirt road, there should be a small BLM sign saying "The
Box". Head down the road to the bottom of the hill, then veer left at
the "Y". A hundred yards more and the main Box parking lot is to your
left. This is a good place to park for Cowshit Roof, Waterfall, La
Cueva Angela, Streambed, and the Gimmes. The road to the right
crossing the two arroyos leads to Handlebar Willy, Major Wall,
Unbeatable, Tres Hermanas, Harmonica Convention and Spedville.
Most of Box Canyon is on
land, with a few boulders near Black Canyon on State Land.
Most of the established bouldering at Box is on very hard, red-tinted
rock that can be bulletproof or somewhat fractured. Box tends to
have very solid bouldering that's a little less sharp than
and a little bit easier on the fingertips than
is volcanic tuff that can be very rough.
Box can be hot in the summer. Random summers can host the Biting
Bugs of Box, tiny flesh-eating gnats who will drive you further
over the edge of insanity. I've had great luck with bug repellant and
beer to deal with the gnats, and there is always shade somewhere.
Watch for lightning storms and flash flooding. Rattlesnakes and Bees
are active year-round at Box, but you'll most likely see them in the
Fall, Winter and Spring usually see good weather at Box Canyon and
this is when you'll see the most people there. There are occasional
snows in the Winter and sporadic horrendous wind in the
Due to it's size, weather, and accessability, Box is the most popular
bouldering area around Socorro and may be the most popular route
climbing area as well.
updated July 7th, 2003