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, this is the place for you. 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
Half-day to Full-day
All skill levels are welcome!
Most Popular Itineraries
A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Absolutely loved it. Everyone got lots of climbs in! Thomas is super knowledgeable. Super accommodating. Already planning another trip with others. We did clear creek canyon and got to try four different routes which was awesome. 10/10 recommend !!!!!
My husband and I absolutely loved the half day rock climbing outing at Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs. Thomas, our guide, was outstanding! He went above and beyond making us comfortable with the climb as it was our first time climbing outdoors and not in a climbing gym. He really knows his stuff and was extremely interested in teaching us everything we wanted to know. I would 100% recommend this outing to anyone in the area and will be back to climb more with Thomas and the Golden Mountain Guides
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?
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:
- Group sizes are usually between 1–4 people with one guide, if you opt for the full- or half-day climbing adventures.
- 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.
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.