RMNP | Colorado

Rock Climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park

Skill level

Strong beginner to advanced

Group size

1 – 4 / private groups are available

Price range

$500 – $575 per person

Season

Spring through fall

Duration

1 – 2 days

Trip review

Read what IFMGA Guide Rob Coppolillo has to say about Rocky

“Rocky” is big, loose, and totally worth the early morning start

Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is a bucket list destination for climbers all over the world, and it’s easy to see why: it’s home to Longs Peak, the tallest mountain in Colorado, and some of the most beautiful, long, and committing routes in America. Even Blitzen Ridge (5.4) is no slouch — the ridge sees plenty of lightning and gives no clue about approaching storms. Commitment is key when climbing at Rocky. But with an early start and a certified guide by your side, the long hike to your objective will immediately will fade to the background when you gaze up at the magnificent alpine rock towering above you — don’t forget either that some climbs start at 12,000 feet!

Regardless of your objective, whether it’s climbing above Estes Park, ascending the legendary Diamond on Longs Peak, or tackling classic granite crack and face climbing at Lumpy Ridge, the thrill of climbing at Rocky won’t fade from your memory anytime soon. When the conditions are right and the body is willing, climbing in RMNP is tough to beat, anywhere.

Longs Peak, Lumpy Ridge, Hallet Peak, and Sharkstooth — the crags and climbs are legendary for good reason.

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Rocky Mountain National Park Climbing

The objectives in Rocky are big and require planning, skill and care! Spend either one or two days on technical climbs with objectives like Keyhole Ridge, The Diamond or Kieners on Longs Peak. Other climbs could include Mount Meeker, Petit Grepon, Sharkstooth, Notchtop and more. Previous climbing experience is required for this program.

Alpine Climbing

Get ready to take on some alpine climbing classics with guides who have RMNP right ouside their door in Estes Park. Even though the approaches for some of these objectives are north of 2.5 hours, there’s something for all levels of climbers, from shorter classics to steeper routes.

Rock Climb Rocky Mountain NP

If you want a taste of alpine climbing but don’t have much experience, consider starting out on Lumpy Ridge. Looking for something a little more moderate or challenging? Consider Hallet Peak, Spearhead or Sharktooth as objectives.

Who should climb in Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado’s big. Big terrain, big skies, big rock. RMNP is the biggest of Colorado’s big stuff. It’s because of this that so many climbers seek its crags out from all over the world. While Lumpy Ridge has more accessible objectives for new climbers, Longs Peak demands you bring your best. Every climber of every level should climb at RMNP at least once.

Need to know

When is the best time to go?

This really depends on when the snow melts. Some climbs are accessible in mid to late spring. The climbing can be good until the fall — or when the snow falls. Either way, you gotta look out for the snow.

What about bad weather?

Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, especially at Rocky Mountain National Park. Afternoon thunderstorms are real and frequent. Even snow can fall in June. Your guide will know the best spots to move to if and when it rains or snows. If in doubt, though, always ask your guiding service for more information on their policies when weather disrupts climbing. And bring and extra layer.

What's a typical itinerary?

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 and course. For climbing in RMNP, count on a very, very early start to beat the afternoon storms.

What about group sizes?

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.

Getting there

RMNP is about an hour’s drive from Boulder, which is about an hour’s drive from Denver.

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