Boulder Canyon | Colorado

Rock Climbing in Boulder Canyon


Spring through fall is peak season

Nearest city

Boulder is just 35 minutes by car from Denver International Airport (DIA)


1-2 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

A favorite American rock climbing destination for more than 70 years

Boulder Canyon is part of the Front Range’s outdoor playground, just minutes from downtown Boulder. This canyon has it all: single-pitch, multi-pitch, classic trad routes and exciting sport routes, with something for every skill level. A beloved rock climbing location since the early 1950s, it’s no surprise why climbers from all around flock to Boulder Canyon’s crags, cracks and chimneys. In the gorgeous peak months, you’ll enjoy shaded climbing on the hottest days and quick ascents. Thanks to the mile-high elevation and continuous sunshine, you’ll stay warm under Colorado’s bluebird skies even in the cold of winter.

Most Popular Itineraries

A Customized Day of Private Climbing With a Guide

From $160 per person · 1 day

Complete a thrilling climb with your private, certified guide catering to the objectives of your preferred style and skill level. Not sure where to start? Guides will literally show you the ropes and introduce climbing routes only locals know about. Expect your skills to be put to the test and to master some new ones.

Learn to Lead Course

$529 per person · 2 days

Let a Boulder Canyon climbing guide teach you important techniques needed for leading single and multi-pitch climbs in this two-day course. Guides cover everything intermediate and advanced climbers need to know. Gain insight about the selection of climbing gear and free-climbing movement all leaders need when out on the crags.

Safety Skills and Self Rescue Clinic

$269 per person · 1 day

Take the worry out of your climbs by learning necessary rescue skills. You’ll be able to handle whatever the rocks throw at you: ascending ropes, haul systems, lowers, weighted transitions, tandem rappels and all sorts of other useful stuff you need to know in more serious single or multi-pitch climbs. Previous climbing experience is necessary for this itinerary.

Advanced Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing

$269 per person · 1 day

Take your rock climbing to new heights with a day of multi-pitch climbing. Upgrade your existing skills and outdoor experience with advanced moves allowing you to complete longer and steeper routes. Expect to learn how to work with cams, nuts, and other protection.

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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:

  • An experienced, local rock climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • An 8-hour rock climbing lesson per day
  • All technical climbing gear

Technical gear list

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:

  • 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.)

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?

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.

What does a typical day look like?

  • 8:00 am: Meeting with the guide, file paperwork and check the gear
  • 8:15 am: Gear up and carpool to the cliffs
  • 8:45 am: Spend the day climbing or learning techniques (based on your chosen itinerary)
  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
  • 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Build upon techniques developed in the morning session and explore additional terrain as time allows
  • 4:00 pm: Return to Boulder

If you’re new to climbing, your guide will cover all the basic safety guidelines for climbing outside. Guides will review and practice safe belaying techniques, teach you how to communicate effectively while climbing, and go over various climbing movements. If there are individual skills or goals you’d like to work on during your climb, you can discuss objectives with your guide — they’re always willing to accommodate.

If you’re an advanced climber, let your guide know during the booking process what your objectives are and they will tailor the day to suit your skills.

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 is the minimum age requirement?

  • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
  • Teens aged 12-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
  • Kids younger than 11 can easily go out and try climbing, but only in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

What about group sizes and pricing?

  • Group sizes are usually between 1–4 people with one instructor. Also, costs per person may 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 bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
  • If you’re booking alone but want to join a group climbing class, you’ll be placed with peers of similar skill level.

What about bad weather?

As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation,” and 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 instructor will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day or suitable location nearby, if it exists.

If no options presented were viable to you, you will be issued a full refund.

Cancelation policy

All policies regarding cancellation, rescheduling and trip insurance will be clearly laid out by your guide prior to booking your adventure. Contact us if you’d like more information on a specific adventure.

Getting there and meeting location

You will meet your guide in Boulder, the home of the Boulder Canyon. Boulder is about 40 miles from Denver International Airport (DEN), where highway access is a breeze to get to the park.

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