Top three reasons to go climbing near Denver
Amazing rock quality and over thousands of different routes
A collection of granite and sandstone playgrounds just minutes outside of Denver
Over 500 multi-pitch climbs that will test your skills
Whether you are new to rock climbing or looking to expand your skillset, these courses will take your climbing to the next level. Learn everything form basics of trad climbing, technical skills such as self rescue or techniques such as crack climbing. There aren’t many climbing locations that feature a variety of climbs as epic as those near Denver, Colorado. With over 1200 routes ranging from 5.0 to 5.14a in Clear Creek Canyon, nobody will leave empty-handed. Eldorado is a place of adventure with some of the best classic climbs in the US, and Boulder offers a collection of granite playgrounds for all skill levels. Come to Colorado and discover the perfect combination of sublime environment and some of the best routes in the US!
April through September
Clear Creek Canyon, Boulder Canyon, and Eldorado Canyon are just outside Denver, CO
Beginner to advanced
Most Popular Itineraries
Beginner: Intro to Rock Climbing Group Course
Let your guide show you the ropes — learn the basic skills needed to begin rock climbing such as tying climbing knots, belaying, and techniques and movement for scaling the vertical realm. This introductory class is co-taught by an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and Single Pitch Instructor, ensuring a great day on the rocks. Don’t miss an opportunity to learn how to scale impossible looking routes!
- Prerequisites: If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go!
- Course venue: Clear Creek Canyon
Beginner: Gym to Crag Group Course
Discover the inspiring and exciting world of outdoor rock climbing!This two-day course will help you feel confident with the skills and technical rope work that is needed to climb outdoors. This course also serves as a great refresher and way to stay up to date on new technical skills. Transition from indoors to outdoors with expert guides!
- Prerequisites: Some experience with indoor or outdoor climbing.
- Course venue: Clear Creek Canyon
Intermediate: Intro to Trad Group Course
Learn the basics of trad climbing and take your adventures to new heights! Learn everything you need to know to climb single or multi-pitch routes. This course covers everything from proper gear placement and anchor construction to terrain considerations and climbing movement. Join your expert and friendly guides and learn all about trad climbing!
- Prerequisites: Participants should have prior experience with lead climbing and be comfortable climbing up to a 5.8 on a top rope. Previous experience with basic climbing systems such as belaying is required.
- Course venue: Boulder Canyon and Eldorado Canyon
Intermediate: Crack Climbing Group Course
Crack climbing might not be for everyone, but if you are looking to upgrade your climbing skills, crack climbing will definitely be of help! Knowing how to jam cracks is an important skill. Get familiar with how to jam finger cracks, hand cracks, off-width, chimneys and everything in between. Let your experienced guide show you all the techniques and moves, and get ready to conquer new heights!
- Prerequisites: Participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.6 outdoors on a top rope as well as have experience with basic climbing systems such as belaying.
- Course venue: Eldorado Canyon and Boulder Canyon
Intermediate: Learn to Lead Climbing Group Course
On this two-day course, you’ll learn how to lead a route by yourself. Hear all about proper gear, anchors, safety, and lead belaying, and try out your newly acquired knowledge in the beautiful Clear Creek Canyon. Practice makes perfect so join an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and walk away with the skills and confidence to lead!
- Prerequisites: Participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.8 outdoors on a top rope as well as have experience with basic climbing systems such as belaying.
- Course venue: Clear Creek Canyon
Meet your guide
Golden Mountain Guides
Things to know
Covid measures in Denver, CO
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 Colorado, please refer to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
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!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A half or full day of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
- All technical climbing gear
- Resources to further your climbing journey
What’s not included:
- Food and snacks
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 if I’ve never climbed before?
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, Denver 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?
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, 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
Group sizes and prices:
- Group sizes are usually between 1–4 people with one guide, but you can also go with a larger group.
- These courses are not private. You will be joined to a group of people with the same skill level.
- Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Climbers under the age of 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
- For most options, kids aged 8 and up can go out and try climbing!
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 Clear Creek Canyon, Eldorado Canyon or Boulder Canyon, most people fly into Denver International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to the meeting point. All climbing locations are located at the outskirts of Denver, between 30 minutes and one hour away.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet.