Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area


As I am sure you already know, a great place to go rock climbing. Also has hiking, mountain biking and other activities. I have made a map of the conservation area and have tried to identify all the cliffs so you can use a gps device to assist in getting to them. However, I must warn you that in most cases I have tried to locate the cliffs using aerial photography and many of the locations are approximate. On the internet I did find coordinates for some areas/locations, including the Solar Slab, The Gallery, The Black Corridor, The Panty Wall, The Dog Wall and Calico Tanks. I also found gps tracks for some of the hikes. In many cases you can see the trails on the aerial photography so they are accurate. I have been climbing at Red Rocks three times, spending a week there each time. However I was not then working on the map and took few gps readings. I will be there again in March of 2014 and will be more conscientious in getting them. If you have accurate coordinates for any of the cliffs or routes please send them to me a gthomann@nycap.rr.com and I will update the map. Use the WGS84 or NAD83 datum. UTM coordinates in meters are best but I can work with latitude/longitude. Thanks.

Near the bottom of the page the map is shown in a window. You can download the map as a pdf file using the link below the map display. The map is pretty cluttered; sorry about that but there is so much information to display! The map height/width are such that it fits nicely on 13 x 19 inch paper. If your printer can handle that size print on that. With 13 x 19 the map is big enough that you can pretty easily read all the text and stuff. If you print the map on standard 8 1/2 x 11 paper it might be difficult to read. I print the map on 13 x 19 using my Canon Pro 9000 printer and it comes out pretty well. Soon I also plan to put up a copy proportioned to fit on 17 x 22 inch paper. Some printers can handle that size, or the pdf file could be taken to a commercial printer. To use your GPS with the map, in the unit options set the coordinate system to UTM Zone 11 with distance and elevation in meters. Use the NAD83 datum. The WGS84 datum will work also. Then you are ready to go, the numbers on the unit display can be used with the grid on the map. For example, if you are at the Visitor Center the gps display will be something like 641490,4000130,, the numbers being distance in meters (m) from a reference. On the map near the visitor center you can see the two grid lines labeled 641 and 4000. The second number gets bigger as you go north (the reference is the equator) and the first one bigger as you go east (I don’t know exactly where the reference line is for zone 11). In any case, you don’t need to worry about that, just use the grid on the map. If you are metric challenged just remember a meter is about 3.3 feet and a mile is 1600 meters.

To download the Red Rock Canyon map, right click the link and select “Save Target As…” As mentioned above you will be happiest if it can be printed on 13 x 19 inch paper by a decent printer.
Red Rock map


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