El Potrero Chico Climbing
Potrero Chico climbing is truly a unique experience. It is a large natural basin which is a bowl-like depression in the strata (layers of rock). The strata all dip toward the center point and the youngest rock is at the center.
Basically it’s concentric circles of limestone cliffs 2000ft. high with soft dirt and rock between them that slowly eroded over time. The name Potrero Chico means “little corral”. In the past it was used as a natural corral for horses and other livestock by the local people of Hidalgo.
But now it’s a world class sport climbing destination that offers multi pitch routes in the 5.7 to 5.14 range as high as 27 pitches. The rock is sharp limestone with many pockets and features. Very short easy approaches and it’s almost all sport here.
You don’t need your trad gear but we do suggest a few alpine draws and a PAS like the Metolius PAS or a daisy chain. Maybe a harness with some padding as well, like the Metolius Safe Tech Deluxe Harness. The main climbing season is between October and March.
Weather in Potrero Chico can change fast so you should have gear and clothes for temps as low as 32°F and highs around 90°F but the average high is around 62°F.
Now you have several options for camping in Potrero Chico. You can camp for free in the canyon itself but it offers little to no amenities such as a shower or bathroom.
Homeros is the first choice of course. Camping at Homeros Ranch puts you right in the middle of it all. They were the first campground, have history and is very popular with the climbers. At the end of the day after multipitch climbing you will find several people standing under the palapa with dirty faces talking about the days victories and defeats. They have wifi and private rooms.
Another choice is Rancho Sendero. They offer a more relaxed environment. Their campground is one of the newest in Potrero Chico but is quickly becoming very popular. They have wifi and private rooms as well.
El Sendero @ El Potrero Chico – Camping – House Rental
Come meet our facilities: camping area, communal kitchen, palapa, fire pit, houses, private showers, Wi-Fi.Posted by Rancho El Sendero at El Potrero Chico on Monday, February 15, 2016
Cueva De Jabali
Another new addition is the house and campgrounds called Cueva De Jabali. They have a two room house and a small campground area with wifi. They are smaller than the other campgrounds and offer a little more privacy.