The Hanging Rock is a natural formation in Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption 2 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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