Introduction to Rock Climbing at Red Rock

1 day
All ages
1–3 people

This course is booked through and operated by Jackson Hole Mountain Guides Red Rock.

Go to Nevada and learn to climb at Red Rock, located just minutes from all the bright lights of Las Vegas. With great climbing for all seasons, its awesome sandstone makes it a perfect beginner destination. Hit the crags before you hit the slots!

Go to Vegas and climb outside!

Curious about rock climbing, or looking to try something new? This course is for people with little or no climbing experience! Not only will you learn about tying into a climbing rope, belaying, and rappelling, you’ll also practice being a climbing partner to your guide and fellow course participants.

Looking for something more specialized? Check out Custom Climbing at Red Rock.


None whatsoever. No climbing experience necessary.

What you’ll learn while rock climbing

Your day of climbing begins with detailed instruction about climbing gear and safety. Next, we’ll work on basic body positioning and climbing techniques. After we go over the foundations of rock climbing, you’ll have plenty of time to practice what you learn on the crags. You’ll learn:

  • The basics of safety in climbing
  • How to use ropes, knots and harnesses
  • Development of efficient climbing techniques and body positions
  • The fundamentals of anchors, belaying and rappelling
After this class you’ll
  • Be confident when you tackle your next climb
  • Understand all the challenges any climber can face after a day spent on the rocks
  • Love the view on your way to the top!
  • 8:30am: Meet your guide and the guide’s recommended location
  • 9:30am: Gear up and carpool to the cliffs
  • 10:00am: Spend the day learning and rock climbing
  • 12:30pm – 1:00pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
  • 1:00pm – Continue to learn and climb!
  • 5:00pm: Call it a day and head home!
Where we are
Class Location
Red Rock Canyon
What is included
  • All permits and climbing related fees
  • All technical climbing gear like ropes, name it.
What to bring
  • 2 liters of water, snacks and lunch
  • Hiking shoes or sneakers
  • Daypack large enough to carry water, food and extra layers
What to wear
  • Sunscreen
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and bring your usual athletic clothes
Guides running this program

Cody Bradford

Cody began his guiding career with the North Carolina Outward Bound School in 2012 where he received my AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification in November 2012. Cody gained his AMGA Rock Guide Certification in April 2018.

He believes that a targeted educational approach to his guests' needs and learning styles is the most important ingredient in helping them achieve their dream objectives or gain the skills necessary to practice mountain craft themselves.

Follow him on Instagram @thecodybradford to see #TechTipTuesday where each week he demonstrates a skill or technique to make your climbing more efficient and fun.

Joe Vitti

Course instructor Joe Vitti is one of the region’s most experienced and skilled guides, he is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and has been climbing in the Gunks for over 25 years.

Joe started climbing as a teenager in Central Connecticut. The combination of creative movement, technical skills, natural environment and wild adventure with great friends created a lifelong obsession. The sport has taken him to amazing places all over the US and the world, from Yosemite Valley to Papua New Guinea. Working as an instructor and guide has allowed Joe to share his passion for our sport with thousands of people over the years. He's developed expertise in both rock and ice climbing, combining diverse experience with professional training and certification from the American Mountain Guides Association to create the highest level experience for his guests. Whether introducing people to the sport or to remote, multi-pitch classics, Joe always seek to customize the experience to best fit the goals and abilities of his guests.

Joe Vitti

Rob Coppolillo

Rob and his family moved to Colorado in 1976, when Denver was sleepy and the term "skier traffic" didn't exist. He and his twin brother, Pete, learned to ski by following the fast guys on the hill and luckily their high school offered an outdoor-ed class which taught them the basics of rock climbing. Despite the protestations of their parents, the pair climbed throughout Colorado in high school and college (CU-Boulder, where Rob earned a BA in environmental conservation).

Rob blew his 20s racing bicycles, but then began apprenticing as a guide with Markus Beck's guide service, Alpine World Ascents, in 2004. Markus shepherded Rob through his beginning courses at the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and all three courses of the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum. In September 2014, after a decade of courses, an intense apprenticeship, and a bunch of fun, Rob passed his final AMGA exam, having bunched all three (ski, rock, and alpine) into a chaotic seven-month period -- phew! Rob is the 97th American to have earned his international certification with the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA).

He speaks French and Italian and is a freelance writer and the author of Holy Spokes: a Biking Bible for Everyone. Rob lives in Boulder with his ever-understanding wife, Rebecca, and their identical twin boys, Luca and Dominic.

Izzy Lazarus

Izzy grew up in the heart of NYC but found a passion for climbing when she moved to Vermont for college. While balancing in-classroom education and outdoor adventure, Izzy started working for a local climbing gym, a guiding service and her college’s outdoor program. This road led her west to work for the Colorado Outward Bound School, teaching mountaineering, skiing and rock climbing programs year round. After several years of extended wilderness expeditions, she's found herself in the Tetons to take people on their high alpine adventures. Izzy has a passion for education, conversation, ecology and mountain adventures. In some circles she is known as TBM (Tiny But Mighty).


Joel Enrico

A Maine native, Joel started climbing just after high school and has since climbed throughout the Americas from sea-side first ascents in Newfoundland to the rugged peaks and big walls of Patagonia. Some of his favorite areas are the Red Rock , Zion, Wind Rivers, and the Tetons. He now spends most of his time in Las Vegas guiding a wide array of courses from first time experiences to sharing leads on a multi pitch climb. In the summers he can be found in the Tetons, Wind Rivers, and Beartooth’s guiding for JHMG. He enjoys guiding for the camaraderie and unique personalities he meets and shares the mountains with. Joel is a certified AMGA Rock Guide. He also holds a WFR, is a leave no trace trainer, and has completed the AIARE level 2 avalanche course.