Best Season: May-October
Climbing Style: Many styles of climbing on stellar Sherman granite; most noted for the abundance of wide cracks
Pronounced “Vee-duh-voo”, this area is proudly known as Joshua Tree’s little cousin—without the crowds. If you’ve heard of it, it was probably in reference to the cheese grater off-widths that have brought it fame in recent years. However, there is much more that Vedauwoo has to offer. Just a few hundred yards from Interstate 80 and less than 30 miles from Interstate 25, it is the roadtripper’s crossroad of America. The access is incredible and so is the diversity of climbing pleasure that can be found here. Forget all the horror stories you’ve heard about waking up in the hospital covered with scabs—those were probably embellished anyway. Vedauwoo’s huge rounded formations provide not only an extraordinary variety of outstanding cracks (from fingertips to chimneys) but also an assortment of hairy slab climbs, a pumpy selection of steep sport routes and a growing collection of amazing boulder problems. Check out the guides: climbing and bouldering
Vedauwoo offers something for everyone, most notably, great access. Most formations are a short, flat hike from the roads. There are all styles of climbing to be found here, and with <100' pitches and great anchors, you can train here like nobody's business. But should you decide to take this challenge, don't forget the tape. The rock is coarse-grained and very sharp.
Entrance Fee: There is a parking fee ($5/day) if you park in the paved lot of the Main Area. However, if you park anywhere else you're free and clear.
Camping: There are 2 Forest Service campgrounds with pit toilets near the main area. They go for a small fee, but you can also camp for free at any number of other sites as long as they are more than 1/4 mile away from these established areas.
FS Campground: $10/day
Free Camping: Tons of sites along Vedauwoo Road and other Forest Service Roads