Red Rock Canyon | Nevada

Rock Climbing in Red Rock Canyon

Season

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

Nearest city

Las Vegas, NV, is 20 minutes away by car

Duration

Half-day to Full-day

Skill level

All skill levels are welcome!

Discover a lifetime’s worth of remote climbing near Las Vegas

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, this is the place for you.

Most Popular Itineraries

Full Day of Private Guided Climbing in Red Rock

From $140 per person · Full day

With this full day of private climbing, your Red Rock 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 Private Guided Climbing in Red Rock

From $100 per person · Half day

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.

Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Day

From $300 per person · Full day

Are you a pro in the making? Red Rock will deliver with a perfect route for your skill level. Maybe you’ve just learned multi-pitch climbs aren’t a bunch of stacked single pitches, or you’ve mastered more cruxes than you can count. Start off with accessible 5.7 technical classics and all time favorites, then move on to infamous sky-splitting high grades that will humble you.

Things you need to know

Why should I book with 57hours?

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Why should I go rock climbing?

Rock climbing is more than just a sport; it’s problem solving on-the-go. It’s a balance of intuition and fluidity of movement. The fun comes from the possibilities — each route with a variety of options and only a fraction of them leading to success. When you finally master a climb, after hours of practice, it transcends mere sport and is akin to art.

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

  • 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

Technical gear list

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.)

Do I need a permit?

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.

What do I need to bring?

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.

What if I’ve never climbed before?

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 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 does a typical day look like?

Your climbing itinerary will be fully customized to match your skill level and objectives. You and your guide will discuss route selection, skills development, and whatever else you’d like to focus on. From there, your guide will plan the perfect day tailored just for you.

Depending on your objectives, full days may start earlier and end later, but in general, your day will look like this:

  • 9:00 am: Meet with the guide and check over gear
  • 9:30 am: Gear up and carpool to the cliffs
  • 10:00 am: Spend the day climbing or learning techniques (based on your chosen itinerary)
  • 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Keep climbing and build on skills from the morning
  • 5:00 pm: Return to Las Vegas

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 is the minimum age requirement?

  • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
  • Teens aged 14-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
  • Kids younger than 14 can go climbing 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.

What about group sizes and pricing?

For single-pitch climbs, the max client to guide ratio is 5:1 and cost is per person. Multi-pitch climbs consist of 2 people per guide.
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.

What about bad weather?

As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.

On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day.

If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.

Cancelation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:

If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

McCarran International Airport (LAS) and the Las Vegas Strip are a 20-minute car ride away from the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

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