Climbing and Bouldering Walls

The NMSU Climbing Wall stands 28’ tall and has ten ropes for top rope climbing.  Fixed anchors and quick draws allow for lead climbing, upon certification.    Outdoor Rec student staff work hard creating new and challenging routes on a weekly basis, so there’s always fresh lines between 5.5 and 5.12 to project and send.  The bouldering wall section is steep, burly, and demanding.  Climbers are able to top out, and there is always 20-30 problems in the V0-V7 range. Used heavily during the fall and spring semesters, it has new routes set every month, and prior to Competitions and Semester change.


NMSU Activity Center Room 130

1600 Stewart St

Las Cruces, NM 88003

Hours of Operation (spring break March 11-15, 2024: 8am-8pm)

Climbing wall is closed weekdays from 11:00am-3:30pm for daily maintenance. Climbing wall may open early depending on daily maintenance needs.  

Monday – Thursday:    6:00am – 11:00pm

Friday -                    :    6:00am - 8:00pm

Saturday:                       6:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday:                           CLOSED


The climbing wall is available for full time students and Aggie Fit members All climbers must sign a waiver and pass an orientation prior to using the NMSU Climbing Wall. If you are already skilled in climbing and belaying, you may opt to pass a skills check instead of attending a full belay clinic. Come by and sharpen your climbing and bouldering skills!


Top Rope Belay Clinics:

Get belayed certified! The NMSU belay certification allows you to climb and belay on top rope. Walk-ins all semester long!

When: Mondays and Tuesdays 5pm-7pm

Lead Clinics:

Get certified to lead climb! The NMSU lead certification allows you to lead climb and belay on the big wall.

When: Wednesdays 6pm-8pm

Sign ups are held at the climbing wall, 30 minutes prior to the start of the Clinic.  There must be a minimum of two people signed up on the day prior to the clinic. Ask the Climbing Wall Staff for more information.

*No belay classes during the summer.

**Belay skills can be taught at the discretion of the Climbing Wall Attendant

***Belay classes will be limited in size or cancelled at discretion of Climbing Wall Attendant

Bouldering Competitions

NMSU Outdoor Recreation hosts a bouldering competition each fall and spring semester.  Compete with other students or push yourself to new heights with boulder problems specially set for each competition! The scores will be collected and awards will be given to the top three female and male in each beginner and advanced categories. There will also be prize drawings for those who submit scorecards. All bouldering competitions will be a part of the Aggie Cup!

Date:  TBA

Time:  3:30pm-8:00pm. Awards will begin at 8:15pm.

Where: NMSU Climbing Wall

No registration is needed, just show up at the climbing wall on the day of competition. There is no cost to participate, and only students are eligible.

Climbing Wall Reservations

The Climbing Wall can be reserved for group functions. Our staff will facilitate the use of the wall and provide basic climbing instruction.


NMSU Organizations, Public Schools, and Non-Profit Organizations

Participants 16 or less 17-24 24-30
Cost $50/hr $60/hr $70/hr

Community Organizations

Participants 16 or less 17-24 24-30
Cost $100/hr $120/hr $140/hr

Click here to make your reservation!