The dramatic vertical cliffs of Diablo Canyon Recreation Area make the area a hiking and climbing destination near the Rio Grande. The eastern cliff walls are on BLM-managed land and the western cliff walls are managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Diablo Canyon has been featured in movies such as The Missing, 3:10 to Yuma, and Cowboys and Aliens.
The cracked basalt of Diablo Canyon offers some of the best multi-pitch tradition and sport climbing in New Mexico. Over one hundred routes range from 5.8 to 5.13 in difficulty. Winter Wall and the Solar Cave are located on the east side of the canyon.
Latitude/Longitude:35.80500639 / -106.1373972
Access Veterans Memorial Highway (599) from either I-25 south of Santa Fe (exit 282) or off of Saint Frances Drive, NW. Exit onto Camino La Tierra road heading west toward the Rio Grande. After about 4 miles, take a right onto Old Buckman Road and start down a dirt road. After about 7.5 miles, you will reach the turnoff on your left used for parking for the Diablo Canyon Recreation Area.
There are several camping and picnic sites throughout the recreation area. Lots of horse use, watch where you step. It gets pretty hot here in the summer, so be prepared. Diablo Canyon makes for nice day trip from Albuquerque!