Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Red Rock
Everything from single pitch routes to sky-splitting vertical walls
Stunning views and soft off-white Aztec Sandstone
You can leave the hotel pool and be at the crags in under half an hour
With Las Vegas’ glittering neon lights and casinos as your backdrop, discover crag upon crag of white-banded Aztec Sandstone that forms the Red Rock Canyon. Beginners and pros alike will find endless climbing opportunities in the sprawling desert area. Popular since the 1970s, the Red Rock is so vast there are plenty of undiscovered and unnamed crags. One reason this climbing destination draws admirers is the number of 5.7 sweet-spot routes with incredibly easy access. If you’re itching to be challenged, join an expert climbing guide and take on Red Rock Canyon. If you want to learn more, find out why the Red Rock Canyon is the best rock climbing destination in the US from Cody Bradford – AMGA Certified Rock Guide and 57hours Ambassador.
September through May is ideal, but you can climb year-round
Las Vegas, NV, is 20 minutes away by car
All skill levels are welcome!
Choose how you spend your day
A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
With this full day of private guided rock climbing, your Red Rock Canyon adventure is what you make of it. Slip into your first harness, brush up on techniques or take on one of the area’s best single-pitch routes. Suitable for all skill levels, your guide will customize the day to your objectives, planning the perfect day out on Red Rock’s incredible sandstone — be it a classic where you can up your game or a nail-biting splitter crack high above.
Half-Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
Looking to transition from gym to crag? With four hours on the rocks, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals like anchors, belaying and more. Experienced rock heads who want to get a taste of what the Red Rock climbing is all about can expect to improve upon their existing skills while taking on new challenges — all in a half day’s work.
Full-Day of Climbing With a Guide
Four hours of cragging just isn’t enough for you? Get ready for a full day of demolishing Red Rock’s top routes! Take on the area’s stunning single-pitch moderates or 2-3-pitch climbs, such as Big Bad Wolf or Great Red Rock, under the watchful eye of a local guide. Whether you’re conquering the classics or hunting for hidden gems, you can’t go wrong with Red Rock.
Level 1 Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Day
Are you a pro in the making? This rock climbing adventure in Red Rock Canyon will deliver just the pitches for your skill level. Whether you’ve just learned multi-pitch climbs aren’t a bunch of stacked single pitches or you’re looking for a refresher, this tour is sure to satisfy. Start off with accessible 5.4-5.6 classics, such as Angel Food Wall, Frogland, or Solar Slab, and take your multi-pitching to the next level.
Level 2 Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Day
If you’re cozy in your climbing shoes and itching to take the leap to the big leagues, this adventure is just what you need. Head to Red Rock’s world-renowned crags and conquer the area’s numerous 7-10-pitch routes, such as Frigidaire Buttress, Dark Shadows, Solar Slab, or anything else rated 5.11 or above. Your seasoned, local climbing guide will make sure you up your game and get you ready to climb with the pros!
Level 3 Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Day
Ready to take on the most challenging multi-pitches in the Red Rock? Join your experienced local guide as they take you to the most demanding bucket-list climbs in the area, such as the 13-pitch Epinephrine and the 24-pitch Resolution Arete. Push yourself to the limit on the crags, and you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Valley and undisputable bragging rights!
Meet your guides
AMGA Rock Guide
AMGA Rock Guide · 9 years of experience
AMGA Certified Rock Guide
AMGA Certified Rock Guide · 6 years of experience
The Mountain Guides
The Mountain Guides
Mountain Skills Rock GuidesMountain Skills Rock Guides
AMGA Certified Guides
Mountain Skills Rock Guides
AMGA Certified Guides
This was my 3rd climbing trip with Cody. Coming from Texas, my exposure to longer, multi-pitch routes is very limited. I came back to Red Rocks with the specific goal of learning how to research, plan and successfully navigate long routes in this more committing and involved terrain. Cody and I spent some time ahead of the trip on the phone, selecting an appropriate route, going over some of the tools and resources I could utilize during the research and planning stage, and creating a customized experience over my three days with him would enable me to reach my goal. On the first day, we chose 2 routes that shared the same rappel. As I got reacquainted with the feel of the rock, Cody had me lead the last pitch of each route, allowing me the opportunity to top out the climb and choose the best way to manage the anchor situation (neither had bolted anchors to mark the finish). He led us down the rappel route the first time through, and I led us down the second time around. Day 2 we chose a route Cody had never done before, and that isn’t on MP or in any of the guide books. He walked me through his process of onsighting, from reading through the topo he acquired from a fellow guide, to locating the base of the route, as well as his decision-making process throughout the climb. Day 3 was ‘exam day’! The route I chose was ‘Cat in the Hat’, a popular climb up the Southeast Buttress of Mescalito. While having the benefit of established belays, it isn’t totally straight forward, as it presents some moderate route finding challenges and requires some belay station transitions between pitches. After the previous two days of excellent guidance and coaching, I was able to successfully lead us from the parking lot to the top of the route, making just about all the (mostly right) decisions along the way! If you’re just looking to have a fun day out on the wall or / (especially if) you’re looking to flood your brain with a vast wealth of climbing knowledge and mountain sense to take your skills as a climber to the next level, do yourself a favor and book Cody Bradford to guide you on your next adventure!
Josh from Mountain Skills Rock Guides was awesome. Made me feel safe, secure, and confident. I also learned a lot from him. He was friendly, kind, and hospitable.
Josh gave me a few ideas for climbs in the area so I could make the best decision. The day was exactly what I wanted out of it. Perfect.
Matt Koenig was mine and my son’s guide. He was awesome. 3 days of amazing climbing and he was super informative and patient. Def want to climb with him again!!
New to “real world” climbing and wanted a guide to show us the local crag. Turns out our guide is none other than Cody Bradford – Instagram-famous #TechTuesday blogger and heavily qualified mountain guide. Cody worked hard the whole afternoon to ensure we got the most of our session, and is clearly a master at his craft. I would not hesitate to recommend JHMG or Cody to anyone. Top notch for sure.
We were supposed to spend two days climbing in Red Rocks but the weather had a different plan. Even though one of our days got cancelled our guide, Cody Bradford, gave us a fabulous suggestion for a fun hike that we did in the rain. The second day we went to Mesquite, Nevada and did a multi pitch climb on great limestone. Cody was not only very professional but extremely skilled. We had a great day with him and climbing. I would definitely use him again as a guide. He was a fabulous teacher and a lot of fun to be around.
Things to know
Covid measures in Red Rock
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 Red Rock, please refer to the Red Rock Canyon website.
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!
This is what you get:
- A local, certified rock climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A four or eight-hour day on the rocks depending on your chosen itinerary
- All the required technical climbing gear
What’s not included:
- Red Rock Canyon pass
There is an entrance fee for Red Rock Canyon. The cost is $15 per car or commercial vehicle — plus $5 per person. A motorcycle pass is $10. For cyclists and hikers who park at the entrance, the cost is $5 per person to enter and enjoy the park. An annual pass is available for $30.
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. So don’t let your perceived lack of strength keep you away from rock climbing — you’ve got what it takes.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
For this rock climbing trip in Red Rock Canyon, no prior experience is necessary. Whether you’ve never donned a harness or you’re a seasoned climber, a guide will help you meet your individual objectives. Above all, your instructor’s number one priority is your safety. As long as you listen to the given instructions, you’ll succeed in completing your climb.
Red Rock 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, Red Rock 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 and rentals?
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. 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
Groups and pricing:
- For the half-day and full-day climbing tour, the usual guest-to-guide ratio is 5:1.
- For the multi-pitch climbs, the usual guest-to-guide ratio is 2:1.
- Costs per person will decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
- Climbing days can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go
- Minors under the age of 18 may be permitted to join on a case-by-case basis, but a parent or guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide and in some cases the parent or guardian must be present
- The minimum age requirement is 10 years old
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 the Red Rock Canyon, most people fly into McCarran International Airport (LAS). From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle. The Las Vegas Strip is a 20-minute car ride away from the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet.