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The Hanging Rock is a natural formation in Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Red Dead Online in the Cholla Springs region of the New Austin territory.


The Hanging Rock is an area northeast of Armadillo. The name is derived from the noose that droops from a tree by the rock, obviously used in numerous hangings. It serves as the spot of the first treasure.

All three segments of the Stranger side-mission "American Appetites" end in the hills northeast of this location.

It serves as a location for Walton's Gang hideout for Bounty Targets. Usually a person will be hanged by three rustlers, usually by Walton's gang as random encounters. The rustlers are armed with low to medium powered guns.


  • Walton's Gang carries out most of its hangings at Hanging Rock.
  • Scripted hangings also take place here. These are not random events the player can take part in, but they can watch.
  • This is the location of the first treasure chest in the game, the map to this chest can be unlocked by saving a Mexican treasure hunter from some Banditos. Players will not be able to open the treasure chest until they obtain the map.
  • A glitch in the game can occur when the player meets the cannibal to lasso and hogtie the man in the side-quest, "American Appetites", a cougar will appear and kill the man and say that the mission is incomplete.



The discovery of locations in Red Dead Redemption count towards the following Trophies/Achievements:

10 gamerscoregamerscore
Bronze bronzebronze
Uncover every location on the map in Single Player.

100 gamerscoregamerscore
Gold goldgold
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.

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