One in five natural climbing areas in the United States is threatened by an access issue. Each natural area is unique, requiring policy makers and land/resource managers to exercise broad discretion in managing recreational activities.
With a narrow window of opportunity, the Access Fund secured temporary ownership of a critical access point to The Homestead in central Arizona to save the area from indefinite closure. With over 250 sport climbs on 12 limestone walls, The Homestead is one of the best winter limestone climbing areas in the country, boasting true “tufa” sport routes. But in 2014, access was imminently threatened when the bank foreclosed on a piece of private property that overlapped key portions of the access road, trailhead, and first few dozen routes. If sold to a non-climber-friendly buyer, access to the entire Homestead area could have been lost. Access Fund needs your help to ensure permanent protection and stewardship of this incredible climbing area. Access Fund has worked for over 25 years to keep climbing areas open and conserved all across the U.S. Learn more at www.accessfund.org