Socorro Bouldering Guide - The Reef - Introduction
The Reef is located about 2 miles East of the Quebradas Back Country Byway
in Arroyo Tinajas. The Quebradas Back Country Byway is a beautiful road
that winds through the hilly terrain East of the Rio Grande.
Turn off I25 on exit 152, Go East and follow the pavement as it turns
North. Turn right (East) at Escondida Lakes and cross the train
tracks and then the river. Follow the pavement as it winds through
the tiny village of Pueblitos and turns South, becoming dirt soon. About
1/2 mile later the Quebradas Back Country Byway turns left, it should
be a well-maintained road with signs. Drive down this road about 10
miles, after winding through some hills it will turn South and be
straight for about a mile. Park where the Arroyo crosses the road
near a red escarpment of sandstone. Hike East up the wash and into
the canyon, about 2 miles.
The reef is limestone in a deep canyon. It is very hot in the summer
as the light limestone walls reflect sunlight down in and breezes are
rare. In the middle of winter in can be bitterly cold as the sunlight
rarely hits the canyon floor. The arroyo is also prone to flash flooding
from storms far to the East.
See the notes for problems not yet listed here.
updated March 2nd, 2007