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Summary

El Potrero Chico is one of the world's premiere big wall sport climbing destinations with over 600 routes including more than a dozen big wall multi-pitch climbs.

Description

El Potrero Chico park is located just outside the small town of Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Being just an hour away for the city of Monterrey, Mexico it is very easy to get here. Flights from the U.S. can have you to the climbing destination in as little as a half day. A taxi can take you from the airport to EPC in under an hour for about $45USD.

El Potrero Chico is also very easily driven to from the U.S. The most common route for driving comes through Nuevo Laredo at the border with Texas. After the border crossing the drive can be done in under 3 hours.

The size and beauty of the mountain here is incredible and is a wonderful site for the eyes. Come to Mexico and enjoy not just the climbing but the wonderful culture as well.

Access issues

Most of the climbing here is in a State Park and there is no fee to enter. Please help maintain a clean environment in order to help maintain these privileges.

Approach

The rock climbing is split between the East and West side of the canyon. Most of the crags have a 1 to 5 minute approach while some of the crags have a 45+ minute approach from inside the canyon. Since most of the camping and lodging is just outside the park you will have a 10 to 15 minute walk to get inside the park.

Where to stay

La Posada, Homero's, and La Pagoda all have excellent rooms and camping available all throughout the year. Reservations are best made ahead of time in the case you are trying to get one of their rooms or casitas for groups. Plan ahead as they can get booked up well before busy season. La Posada - http://www.elpotrerochico.mx/ Homeros - http://potrerochico.org/listing/homeros La Pogoda - http://potrerochico.org/listing/la-pagoda Rancho El Sendero - https://www.facebook.com/ranchoelsendero

There are also lots of other casitas in the area for rent as well. Contact information can be hard to find for these ones but you can maybe just show up and get lucky finding one of them. They will have signs posted out front for the climbers to see.

History

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This area saw it's development begin in the late 80's by more than a handful of people. Jeff Jackson, Ed Wright, Alex Catlin, Kurt Smith, Elaina Arenz, Dane Bass, Kevin Gallagher, Hank Caylor, Tony Faucett, Rick Watson, Craig McCudden, Curtis Mai, Todd McCray and a host of Austin climbers.

Areas

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Name
Style
Climbs
Ticks
Height
Grades
67
164
74m
2
27
227
25m
1
TNT Wall Crag
15
51
54m
13
20
96m
11
48
35m
1
1
11
700m
1
85
456
57m
4
16
103
30m
 Sport,  Boulder and other styles
53
54
120m
2
Buzz Rock Crag
7
23
34m

Routes

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