The Box Recreation Area

The 640-acre Box Recreation Area is a highly scenic, rugged area which is very popular for technical rock climbing and bouldering. The five cliffs on either side of this box canyon provide popular rock climbing for even highly skilled technical climbers. Challenging climbing opportunities include the Waterfall Wall, Corner Block and the Fillet a Papillon Wall.

Remember, that climbing is a high-risk activity. For safety, climbers should not attempt climbs beyond their abilities.  

Hiking, rock climbing, bouldering.

There is a developed parking area with a trailhead, kiosks, and restroom. Drinking water is not available.

Location / Access
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Six miles southwest of Socorro off US 60.

The Box Recreation Area

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Hiking/Backpacking Climbing Rock Climbing


Open year-round.

Recreation Guidelines
BLM Recreation Guidelines

Special Rules
Camping is allowed on a limited basis, contact the Socorro Field Office for more information on camping locations.
No shooting of weapons.

BLM: Socorro and Oscura Mountains.
Socorro Vehicle Use & Recreation Map
See Contact Information below to obtain maps or visit the Public Lands Information Center.

Contact Information
Socorro Field Office
901 S. Highway 85
Socorro, NM 87801-4168