Top reasons to go rock climbing in Clear Creek Canyon
The perfect place to progress as a climber from 5.0 to 5.14!
Take your pick from more than 1200 routes
Try out some of the best sport routes in the US
Clear Creek Canyon’s steep vertical ascending high above its namesake creek might look frightening at first. Don’t let the overhang climbs chase you away, though. While Clear Creek’s challenging 5.10s will surely humble many climbers, there are plenty of walls for newbies as well. Clear Creek is a great training ground for learning new skills such as leading sport climbs. You can explore the many beginner routes and multi-pitch sport climbs alike, all while soaking in breathtaking views and the creekside location. Plus, Clear Creek’s granite faces stay cool even in Colorado’s hottest summers. Find out more about rock climbing in Clear Creek from Kevin Capps, an AMGA Rock Guide and Owner of Denver Mountain Guiding.
Peak season is spring through fall
Denver is just a half hour drive from the Clear Creek
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Half Day of Private Climbing With a Guide
If a full day sounds extreme, or you simply keep a tight schedule, book a half day with the pros. You’ll gain attention to detail and customized support during your experience. Share your objectives, wishes and demands with your guide, then prepare for a morning or afternoon of challenging and thrilling rock climbing.
A Customized Full Day of Private Climbing With a Guide
Prepare for a full day of climbing where you’ll focus completely on getting the most out of your Clear Creek trip. Expert local guides customize rock climbing courses that cater to your skills, objectives and goals. Plus, bring your whole crew. Guides will adjust the tempo to individual skill and fitness levels.
Intro to Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Course
Join a guide for a full day (8-hour) course on multi-pitch climbing! Your guide will take you through everything you need to know for multi-pitch sport climbing. Topics include knots, hitches, friction hitches, anchors for multi-pitch climbing, devices used for belaying, belaying from above, rope management, transitions, lowering, and rappelling. Your guides will provide all of the multi-pitch gear you need for the day, and you will be able to make a gear list throughout the day of things you’ll need for future adventures!
Prerequisites: You must be able to lead 5.6 sport outside to take part in this course
Safety Skills and Self-Rescue Group Course
Self rescue is a must for all climbers — you need to know how to handle any scenario that comes your way. Practice in the stunning Clear Creek Canyon, ask questions, and apply skills in new ways in a safe environment with your expert guides. Try out different scenarios and learn how to approach hazardous situations!
Meet your guides
AMGA Certified Guide
AMGA Certified Guide
Denver Mountain GuidingDenver Mountain Guiding
AMGA Certified Guides
Denver Mountain Guiding
AMGA Certified Guides
We highly recommend Denver Mountain Guiding for rock climbing in the Denver area. Sean, our guide in Clear Creek Canyon, was very patient, safe, and informative. He encouraged the more advanced climbers to try different routes and gently guided our new climbers, ages 12 and 10. We wished we had booked a full day!
Had an amazing time with Denver Mountain Guiding. Called on super short notice, and they were still able to get us scheduled for the next day. Met up with our awesome guide, Nate, at the climb site in Clear Creek Canyon. He was amazing at setting us up with gear, belaying, and explaining all the techniques and safety steps.
He was extremely responsive about which routes we wanted to do, increasing difficulties or sticking on the same one.
Super personable, skilled but not intimidating at all for beginner climbers.
Can’t recommend highly enough.
Denver Mountain Guiding was an incredible experience. Our guides, Joey and Carlyn took us to a very scenic destination were they set up two climbing lines. They taught us how to belay, rappel, and climb. Eventually, some of us got the hang of the beginner routes, so they set up a different route for us. Our guides were helpful, friendly, and funny. Would definitely recommend!
Things to know
Covid measures in Clear Creek Canyon, CO
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Colorado, please refer to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A half or full day of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
- All technical climbing gear
- Resources to further your climbing journey
What’s not included:
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
Clear Creek Canyon has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Clear Creek Canyon has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
What about required equipment?
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 4:1 and cost is per person.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private days and Intro to Multi-Pitch Climbing, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
- Costs per person doesn’t decrease as the group grows for the Safety, Skills and Self-Rescue course.
Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Clear Creek Canyon, most people fly into Denver International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to the Canyon located at the outskirts of Denver, about half an hour away.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet.