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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, the best rock climbing destination in the USA.

  • 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

Available itineraries

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!

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Meet your guides

Thomas Gilmore
Thomas Gilmore
AMGA Certified Rock Guide
Thomas is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide with a decade of climbing experience. He’s climbed all the classic destinations in North America, as well as Patagonia, Spain, Morocco and Japan. Now, Thomas spends most of his time guiding clients in Nevada, Colorado and Wyoming.
The Mountain Guides
The Mountain Guides
The Mountain Guides have been leading mountain adventurers in the Western US since 1968. With some of the most experienced mountain guides in the country, TMG leads hundreds of people every year in the mountain ranges of Wyoming and Montana, the canyons and towers of Utah, on Cody’s South Fork ice falls, the cliffs and crags of Boulder, Colorado, in Red Rock, Nevada, and City of Rocks, Idaho.
Mountain Skills Rock Guides
Mountain Skills Rock Guides
Mountain Skills Rock Guides
AMGA Certified Guides
The Mountain Skills Rock Guides have provided permitted, certified, and insured guided rock climbing tours of the Red Rock National Conservation Area and northern New Mexico for over 20 years.

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5.00 (7 reviews)
Jonathan Tessier

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.

Rock Climbing in Red Rock Canyon
Donald Halinka

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.

Lynda Micheletti

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!!

Red Rocks Sport Climbing

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.

Rock Climbing adventure

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.

Lynda Micheletti

paddy gets a 6 star rating
unforgettable and amazing

Martha Richardson

Sean was an awesome guide. He was super encouraging and got us up much harder climbs than we would have anticipated. He was really friendly and answered all of our questions! Tons of fun. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful location, we would definitely do it again

Things to know

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

      • Helmet
      • 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)
      • Ropes
      • 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.)
      • Sunglasses
      • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Day Trips Cancellations
    Fully refundable within the initial 48 hours from booking, unless the trip date is less than 7 days from the time of the booking.
    Cancellations up to 7 days prior to the trip date are refundable 100%.
    Cancellations within 7 days prior to the trip date are non-refundable.

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