Red Rock Canyon | Nevada

Rock Climbing in Red Rock Canyon


September through May is ideal, but you can climb year-round

Nearest city

Las Vegas, NV, is 20 minutes away by car

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Discover a world-class climbing mecca in the Nevada desert

Just short drive from Las Vegas’ neon lights and towering casinos are crag upon crag of white-banded Aztec Sandstone that forms the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Ever since the 1970s, climbers and boulderers have flocked to Red Rock Canyon’s crags and have been establishing routes ever since.

Red Rock Canyon's most popular climbing adventures

Learn to Climb in Red Rock

This course is perfect for someone who’s never climbed or looking to brush up on the basics — it’s also perfect for indoor climbers making the transition from gym to crag. Count on learning the fundamentals of anchors, belaying, rope tying, and more.

Full-day Red Rock Climbing Experience

Perfect for intermediate and experienced climbers who are new to the area or looking to up their game on classic routes. Whether it’s more complicated multi-pitch climbs or complicated crack climbing you’re looking for, this program will improve upon your existing skills while taking on new challenges.

Guided First Ascents at Red Rock, NV

Climbers have been putting up first ascents in Red Rock Canyon since the 1970s. The area is so vast that the amount of undiscovered and unnamed crags is enormous. In this program you and your guide will decide upon climbing an unclimbed objective and naming it after you’ve made your ascent. Previous climbing experience is required.

Need to know

When is the best time to go?

You can climb Red Rock Canyon year round, but the optimal season for climbing is fall. Summer can be very, very hot. Climbing in the winter lends itself to shorter days because the rock needs to dry and there is seasonally less sunlight.

What's a typical itinerary for climbing in Red Rock?

Usually you’ll meet up with your guide, go over gear and beta, and then plan on what routes you want to ascend or what techniques you want to focus on most, depending on your skill level.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

Children are welcome! Generally five years old is the youngest we’ve ever guided with. Children need an adult guardian present if they are 10 or younger.

Group sizes and pricing

Group sizes are usually between 1 – 4 people with one instructor. Also, remember that the costs decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.

What about bad weather?

Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to, if and when it rains. If in doubt, though, always ask your guiding service for more information.

Do I need a permit?

The cost for entering Red Rock Canyon is $15 per car and $15 per commercial vehicle — plus $5/person. A motorcycle pass is $10. For cyclists and hikers who part at the entrance, the cost is $5/per person. An annual pass is available for $30.

Getting there

McCarran International Airport (LAS) and the Las Vegas Strip is only 20 minutes by car to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area.

Find out why Red Rock is a "5.7 heaven"

One of Red Rock’s greatest draws — apart from its weather — is the number of sweet-spot routes with incredibly easy access. Sure, there are plenty of areas with higher grades, but the number of 5.7-rated routes make it the perfect place to climb day after day and never get bored.

The sheer size of Red Rock Canyon has a route for every skill level

No matter your skill level or preferred climbing discipline, beginners and pros will find a lifetime’s worth of climbing in the sprawling Red Rock area. Favorite climbs include Jubilant Song (5.8), Catwalk (5.6), and the Original Route (5.12). Better yet, hire a guide and learn to climb on Cookie Monster or take on more challenging climbing in Black Velvet Canyon or Myster Z. 

One stellar component of Red Rock is its grades. From single pitch routes to sky splitting, vertical walls, Red Rock has every type of climbing under the sun.

Cody Bradford, AMGA Rock Guide

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